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Aerosmith – Just Push Play

Review: 017
Date: 26 Mar 01

 


Rating: 5 Stars

Musicians:
Steven Tyler - lead and background vocals, harmonica, squeezebox, piano, percussion
Joe Perry - guitar, background vocals, hardy gurdy, pedal steel, slide guitar
Brad Whitford - guitar
Tom Hamilton - bass, fretless bass
Joey Kramer - drums

Tracks Listing:
1. Beyond Beautiful
2. Just Push Play
3. Jaded
4. Fly Away From Here
5. Trip Hoppin’
6. Sunshine
7. Under My Skin
8. Luv Lies
9. Outta Your Head
10. Drop Dead Gorgeous
11. Light Inside
12. Avant Garden 

 


One realizes that this certainly cannot come under the title forgotten as it was only released on the 5th March 2001, but I think you’ll find that classic is a word that will be used a lot in conjunction with this master work of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

So here we are with Aerosmith’s 543rd album (actually their 13th Studio album, not counting live albums and compilations) and it’s situation normal, good old guitar rawk, sexiest lyrics, and more sass than you can shake a stick at.

These days they’re even a little bit fashionable in a kitch sort of way, and the world’s premier lounge lizard Steve Tyler might even be cool in a “What a great guy! Is he still alive” kinda way. But does the music still cut it, of course it does, it’s the original Toxic Twins, these days they can do no wrong.

It’s difficult to separate Aerosmith from their glorious / inglorious past, - one that’s seen more revivals than West side story. For better of worse the stalwart Boston quintet carry a load of preconceptions that are impossible to shake. At the end of the day as an out and out dance rock band they wipe the floor with all the competition. After two rather below par albums in “Get a Grip” (far too many slushy ballads) and “Nine Lives” (Aerosmith as if written by numbers) the original American bad boys of Rock ‘n’ Roll have come storming back with “Just Push Play” four years in the making, but it was worth every minute. 

If comparisons still have to be made between Aerosmith, and The Rolling Stones, Steve Tyler playing Mick Jagger to Joe Perry’s Keith Richards, then if “Get A Grip” was Steve’s album and “Nine lives” was a management album, “Just Push Play” is definitely Joe Perry’s album. As soon as the guitar solo on opening track “Beyond Beautiful” kicks in, all down and dirty, the guitarist has stamped his authority on this collection of fine Funk/Hard rock songs. 

The guitar solo on penultimate track “Light Inside” is probably the best studio take that Perry has ever laid down and would bring a tear to his nemesis eye Jimmy Page, such is it’s cool.

If this 12 – song set was the product of young 2001 upstarts, would it of caused so much of a public commotion, the only answer to this is ABSOLUTELY! Working with co-producers and song collaborators Marti Frederiksen and Mark Hudson, Aerosmith have forged an album that gracefully fuses 70’s hard rock grit with contemporary gloss.

The funk – infused likes of first single “Jaded” and the insistent “Drop Dead Gorgeous” best demonstrate the formula that Aerosmith have settled on for now, as the beat carries you over Tyler’s patented screech and the no nonsense grind of the four instrumentalists.

Definitely a contender for rock album of 2001.

 

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