3. Aerosmith – Aerosmith


3. Aerosmith – Aerosmith (1973)

1. Make It
2. Somebody
3. Dream On
4. One Way Street
5. Mama Kin
6. Write Me a Letter
7. Movin’ Out
8. Walkin’ the Dog

Who are Aerosmith?

According to Wikipedia, Aerosmith is an American rock band.

According to their Twitter bio (@Aerosmith); “Aerosmith is America’s Greatest Rock N’ Roll Band”. The most modest too…

Why did you buy this album?

Once upon a time, my wife bought me ‘Guitar Hero: Aerosmith‘ for the Nintendo Wii, complete with an Aerosmith branded guitar controller. Playing through the game, I released I knew relatively few Aerosmith songs outside of the big hits on the Best Of compilation we have, so I went hunting for some early albums.

During the search, I found a 2-for-1 pack of CDs containing this album, their first, and their third album ‘Toys in the Attic‘. I remembered listening to ‘Toys…‘ a couple of times whilst at university and liking it, so I took the plunge and bought both.

What’s it like?

This is not your chart-topping, Diane-Warren-song-singing, hugely-irritating Aerosmith. Thankfully. This is the terrified-sounding-Steven-Tyler, sparsely-produced, bar-room-rock, Aerosmith-sounding-like-a-bad-Aerosmith-tribute-band Aerosmith.

After listening to it now, do you still like this album?

It’s not good, but it is interesting to listen to a band just starting out on the road to mega-stardom. There are few stand out moments, and Steven Tyler sounding nothing like the Steven Tyler we’ve come to know is quite intriguing, but it’s hardly indispensable.

At times it sounds like a pub-rock band, but not a good pub-rock band. It sounds like a pub-rock band where at least 3 members have names ending in -az, far too many of them wear still wear denim jackets covered in AC/DC and Iron Maiden patches, and they only keep Daz in the band because he owns a van…

Any stand-out tracks?

I have a soft spot for ‘Dream On‘, but otherwise, no.

Rating out of 10?

It’s not great, 4/10.

Next up: Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic


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