Aerosmith ‘Music From Another Dimension' (Columbia)
The bad boys from Boston are back with their first album of new original material since 2001's “Just Push Play,” and it's like they never left.
Steven “The Demon of Screamin'” Tyler's pipes remain amazingly rust-free for a 64-year-old grandpa, and the dual-guitar juggernaut of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford still crushes on roaring rockers such as album opener “Luv XXX,” the very Stones-like “All Right” and the strutting “Walk This Way”-like “Out Go the Lights,” which is smartly adorned with a soulful female backing chorus, Tyler's bluesy harp and just the right amount of cowbell.
And no Aerosmith album would be complete without those high-emotion, melodramatic power ballads, such as the soaring acoustic-electric, abandoned lover's lament “Tell Me” and the epic brokenhearted complaint “What Could Have Been Love.”
And duets between Tyler and Checotah's own Carrie Underwood are getting to be a regular thing. First paired on the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards, then “CMT Crossroads” in February, Underwood joins Tyler again and their voices blend beautifully on the country-accented rocker “Can't Stop Lovin' You.”
Could be this album sounds like prime '70s Aerosmith because it's coproduced by Jack Douglas, who helmed “Toys in the Attic” (1975) and “Rocks” (1976), ranked as two of Rolling Stone magazine's “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Here's hoping the bad boys can now manage to get along with each other for a while.
— Gene Triplett