Steven Tyler’s coun­try out­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - A & E - USA TO­DAY

“Coun­try mu­sic is the new rock & roll,” pro­claims Steven Tyler in a press re­lease for his new, and first, solo al­bum, the in­clu­sively ti­tled We’re All Some­body From Some­where.

That may come as a sur­prise to those of us who thought coun­try mu­sic pre­ceded and in­formed rock. But let’s not quib­ble: Tyler is hardly the first arena rock star to em­brace roots mu­sic to con­vey a cer­tain rugged au­then­tic­ity.

Co-pro­duced by Tyler with an im­pec­ca­bly cre­den­tialed team of coun­try and rock vets — T-Bone Bur­nett, Dann Huff, Marti Fred­erik­sen, Jaren John­ston of the Cadil­lac Three — We’re All Some­body can none­the­less prove sur­pris­ingly flavour­less, as Aero­smith’s fa­mously flam­boy­ant front­man seems to strive for an earth­ier earnest­ness that isn’t a nat­u­ral fit.

The ti­tle track, a well-mean­ing, generic call for tol­er­ance, in­cludes ref­er­ences to black-eyed peas and corn bread that are dis­tinctly cheeky, and you can al­most see Tyler wink as he raises his voice to a near-howl at the end, beg­ging, “Give me some love!”

Tyler finds his twang, with a lit­tle help from ex­cel­lent lap steel gui­tar and man­dolin play­ers, on the wist­ful Some­body New, and again on the gen­tly crack­ling Sweet Louisiana.

To re­ward the faith­ful, Tyler of­fers a noir-ish new take on his Aero­smith smash Janie’s Got A Gun, as well as a read­ing of Piece Of My Heart that’s not dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent from Ja­nis Jo­plin’s.

Some­day has its mo­ments, but is rec­om­mended most to diehard fans.


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