Mu­sic from An­other Di­men­sion

Aero­smith Sony ★★★✩

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Steve Creedy

A SPOOF of the con­trol voice from the tele­vi­sion se­ries The Outer Lim­its in­tro­duces this lon­gawaited al­bum from Aero­smith, but it’s ob­vi­ous from the open­ing bars of Luv XXX that the Bad Boys from Bos­ton are back. Joe Perry’s sig­na­ture riffs and Steven Tyler’s unique voice mean a blind man can pick an Aero­smith al­bum from 20 light years away, and Mu­sic from

An­other Di­men­sion is no ex­cep­tion. The orig­i­nal line-up of Tyler, Perry, Tom Hamil­ton, Brad Whit­ford and Joey Kramer pumps out the band’s trade­mark blues-rock-heavy metal in a some­what over­pro­duced but en­er­getic mix of good, great and dis­ap­point­ing tracks. It doesn’t reach the heights of 1970s clas­sics Toys in the

At­tic and Rocks, but there’s plenty in there to keep the fans happy. The band gets down to busi­ness in fine fet­tle with the driv­ing Luv XXX and doesn’t let up, with a run of tracks that mostly hit the right but­tons. High­lights in­clude the idio­syn­cratic Beau­ti­ful and the al­most folksy

Tell Me. Out Go the Lights and the sin­gle, Leg­endary Child, are sig­na­ture Aero­smith, but the band really hits its stride with the pump­ing

Street Je­sus. Flaws in the al­bum cen­tre on the sickly pop crossovers What Could Have Been

Love, We All Fall Down and, worse, Can’t Stop Lov­ing You. It’s hard to rec­on­cile th­ese pop puff pieces with the band that pro­duced Dream On. Of the bal­lads, only the raw An­other Last

Good­bye hits the lev­els of pre­vi­ous ef­forts. Perry’s vo­cals on the non­de­script rocker

Free­dom Fighter also sug­gest he pur­sued the right ca­reer in be­com­ing a gui­tarist. The good news is that ju­di­cious use of the skip but­ton still leaves enough good ma­te­rial from this hour-plus set to carve out a con­sis­tently de­cent al­bum.

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