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  • “Rocks”, the 1976 release from the Boston Bad Boys, is often heralded as their greatest work ever. One play of this disk will certainly prove this to even the sternest of doubters. Forget all of this “pop-rock” stuff Aerosmith has turned out over the past 10 years, (except “Pump”, which is excellent!) “Rocks” is the real deal – an excellent rock n’ roll record that is very consistent throughout. The opener, everyone’s fav “Back in the Saddle”, kicks off the album with a galloping bang Following it is perhaps Brad Whitford’s best contribution to the band’s arsenal, the really funky “Last Child”. Then, just when you think the funk will rule this album, “Rats in the Cellar” kickstarts the rock, with Joe Perry’s “Combination” finishing off the one-two combo. Next we have the fan favorite, “Sick as a Dog”. Filled with great vocal harmonies and a spectacular main guitar riff, this song will please anyone, even those who don’t particularly care for Aerosmith. The next tracks are “Nobody’s Fault” and “Get the Lead Out” – read HEAVY rock. These two are possibly the two weakest tracks on “Rocks” but, they too are monumental songs, with “Nobody’s Fault” featuring some particularly haunting screams from vocalist extrodinare Steven Tyler. After this avalanche of rock n’ roll, the grand finale is entrenced in the beautifully orchestrated “Home Tonight”, which I feel is one of Tyler’s best ballads ever. Backed by a 100-something piece orchestra, Tyler’s beatiful piano lines mesh with a vocal performance that is a great example of his incredible range.”Rocks” is one of those rare albums that grabs the litener by the you know whats and doesn’t let go until the very end; from the opening stomps of the bass drum in “Back in the Saddle” to the final fading chords of the piano in “Home Tonight”. Words cannot do this album justice, it just has to be heard to be believed – this is Aerosmith at their VERY, VERY BEST!!

    Posted on December 22, 2009