MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION
I think I waited just long enough to review this album. My initial reaction to MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION was one of absolute hatred. Once again, as Aerosmith has done for me every single time since PUMP, they claimed their album to be something that it just didn't live up to. This time, it was six months of claims that they were returning to their roots and writing a new ROCKS or TOYS IN THE ATTIC. What they delivered was, once again, a lot closer to GET A GRIP or NINE LIVES. It was certainly disappointing, as Aerosmith is much like Metallica in my book - a band who's music I actually WANT to like, but far too often don't.
And yet, after a dozen or so listens to MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION, it really is a grower. Is it great? Nope, not even close. But there are moments where you get some good vibes and some tasty, dirty rock vibe from Tyler, Perry and the boys. Take a song like "Out Go The Lights" as an example. This song is probably the closest thing the band has done in over a decade to classic era Aerosmith; a full on blues rock number resembling "Big Ten Inch Record" and complete with some spit in your face guitar slop from guitarist Joe Perry. There's a real funk here from the entire band, and a lot of that sneering attitude from vocalist Steven Tyler. It's just good.
That's not to say that the album carries on that old school vibe at all, because for the most part it doesn't. In most ways, MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION will remind most long time fans of a more direct, less pompous version of GET A GRIP (which amazingly is now an old school Aerosmith just because it's been out for almost 20 years at this point). Songs like "Luv XXX" and "Legendary Child" are pretty much the standard fare that the cookie cutter factory that Aerosmith has become regularly shits out every few years. Like all their non ballads over the last two decades, the songs are decent but unmemorable past the first few listens. As for the ballads, they suck as always. If there's anything that no one needed to ever hear, it was the pairing of American Idol judge Tyler and American Idol contestant Carrie Underwood dueting on the absolutely abysmal "Can't Stop Lovin' You". Horrible. It's sad that the other guys in the band would allow this to even happen, but you have to think this was a management decision more than anyone, including Tyler, actually wanting to do this. Whatever the reason, it's horrible and should have been avoided.
PITRIFF RATING - 66/100 - An album full of ups and downs, MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION is better than the last couple of albums, but a huge distance away from anything good in their back catalog. It's a reason to tour, and they still do bring it strong live, so I guess that's a good thing. Thinking they can bring it strong one more time is a pipe dream at this point, but we can always hope. After listening to MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION, hope is all we have.