Aerosmith
Music from Another Dimension


1.5
very poor

Review

by onlyhuman USER (17 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2012 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stay away from this album at all costs, it is an attempt to cash in on the greatness Aerosmith once possessed and fails in every respect

Aerosmith are a band that has, in recent times, somewhat fell off the radar of the rock community. Their days of being on top of the pile in terms of popularity have long since died off, and yet they still have a hugely devoted fan base who swallow up everything they release with eager anticipation. So when Steve Tyler and the rest of the crew announced that 2012 would be the year of their fifteenth studio release, Music From Another Dimension, a lot of Aerosmith began to froth at the mouth, whilst the general public remained almost oblivious, despite the fact that four singles had been released to promote said release.

The album is a mixture between Aerosmith's signature brash, cheesy style of hard rock and a more blues-rock oriented sound that infested the previous album, released six years beforehand. The album has been a long time in the works, having fallen through due to the band's breakup with Steve Tyler, leading to a troubled recording that resulted in the fifteen songs found on here. This is a mash-up of a number of styles that attempt to recall the band's respectable glory days on albums such as Pump, but is devoid of any of the energy that packed that album out and gave the listener a reason to want to continue, having resulted in such instantly recognizable songs as Love In An Elevator and Young Lust. This album, however, has none of this memorability.

What Music From Another Dimension is, in fact, is a combination of numerous clashing ideas that never seem to slot together, resulting in an album that changes its sound so many times that the listener does not know what to expect. The strongest song on the album, Can't Stop Loving You, is a ballad, featuring Carrie Underwood, and does nice job at bringing back the atmospheric, heart wrenching feel that I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing did so well. This is the one song on the album where the band is firing on all cylinders, releasing a track that happily sits at home among their more well known hits.

The single's of this album highlight perfectly what is so wrong about this release, and what keeps it from fitting in with the band's earlier releases. Legendary Child and What Could Have Been Love in particular showcase the clear weakness of Steve Tyler's voice on their more modern recordings. Where he once brought an aura of energy and youthful lust to the band he now croons like the older man he is, retaining none of the power his voice once had. The instantly recognizable voice is there, but the soul that backs it died four albums ago, and all that is left is his empty corpse.

Freedom Fighter shows a more politically aware style of Aerosmith, and is a decent enough deviation from what has become expected of the band, mirroring the society of today and reflecting it through well written lyrics. The thundering instrumentals chug along at a nice enough pace, giving the song a feel of hard rock intensity that shows that Aerosmith do still possess a knack for writing songs that are equal parts catchy and loud, but Steve Tyler manages to massacre this song with his monotonous yelp that he musters with every line of lyrics, each one drilling home the fact that he should have retired when the band still had a shred of respect.

This is a clear attempt at Aerosmith to get back on top of the pile of hard rock bands, but shows exactly why they will never accomplish this. The music industry has its essential cheesy rock bands, each of whom has their own style and some soul in their music, something that the most recent Aerosmith release is missing throughout. At times the lyrics and instrumentals are decent enough, but Steve Tyler is consistently the member of the band that manages to destroy any decent sound the band manages to create. The one song that hearkens back to their hay day and is enjoyable enough needs a guest appearance from Carrie Underwood to save it, with every other song being utterly worthless and completely forgettable tripe. You will not be missing anything by avoiding this album entirely.



Recent reviews by this author
Immortal All Shall FallRush Rush
Immortal Sons of Northern DarknessImmortal Damned In Black
Immortal At the Heart of WinterImmortal Blizzard beasts
user ratings (123)
Chart.
2.5
average
other reviews of this album
Starblind (1)
Is from another dimension, alright....

Alex Beebe (3)
Outdated for sure, and far too bloated for anything but its best parts to be remembered, but Music f...

NickGrouwen (2)
Quote from a fellow named 'Wisecracka': "This music can stay in the other dimension"....


Comments:Add a Comment 
onlyhuman
November 1st 2012


83 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Music+From+Another+Dimension/7896275 album streaming here

DarthMann
November 1st 2012


13818 Comments


why would you post this under your alt

demigod!
November 1st 2012


44793 Comments


i saw these guys back in 2005

man

they were terrible

Lenny Kravitz opened though, he was great.

Digging: Iced Earth - Night of the Stormrider

breakingthefragile
November 1st 2012


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Are you kidding me? This is streaming an entire month early? Ugh, what the fuck.

MO
November 2nd 2012


18897 Comments


such a hit and miss band

this probably sucks shit though

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012


19962 Comments


Release date says 08/28/12?

Digging: Grouper - Ruins

Doojiman
November 2nd 2012


2 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I had an opportunity to listen to this at a friend's house. There were maybe four songs I liked.

pacedown
November 2nd 2012


174 Comments


theres that community who hate everything new.


JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012


21110 Comments


This probably sucks. Doubt I'll bother checking it out.

DarthMann
November 2nd 2012


13818 Comments


i hated the aerosmith ride in disneyworld so i doubt ill like this

demigod!
November 2nd 2012


44793 Comments


the fact that that exists is so lolworthy

afoolonahill
November 2nd 2012


111 Comments


that ride made me spew

afoolonahill
November 2nd 2012


111 Comments


luv 3 times a daaaayyy aint no other wayyyyyyyyy in your DNAAAAAAAAAAAAA jesus I had to turn that off

NoMeansYes
November 2nd 2012


1012 Comments


should have kept it in another dimension, clearly

Crymsonblaze
November 2nd 2012


7496 Comments


I really liked the single, but I dunno about a whole album

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012


16060 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

cant stand anything they did after draw the line

Digging: Lo-Pan - Colossus

mark1991
November 2nd 2012


38 Comments


Meh its not that bad...Joe Perry saves some of the material here. 2.5/5 IMO

KILL
November 2nd 2012


71981 Comments


suk

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012


19962 Comments


utterly sucks then why a 3?

breakingthefragile
November 5th 2012


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really don't see what's so bad about this album.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy