Aerosmith – Music from Another Dimension!
A tumultuous six years since the last album release left fans doubting whether Aerosmith would deliver on their promise to record a 15th studio album. Various headlines since 2006 have seen lead singer Steve Tyler undergo throat surgery and threaten to leave the band; an abandoned attempt at recording together in the studio again, and rumours of Lenny Kravitz being asked to replace Tyler (which he allegedly declined).
Music from Another Dimension! was released November 6th and has proved that Aerosmith is still alive in one piece. Without straying too much from the sound that made them famous, the dramatic hard-rock riffs combined with elements of pop will make easy and enjoyable listening for existing fans of the band. There is, however, little sign of any new musical direction or any track that has the potential to join the success of their instant classics Dude (Looks like a Lady) and I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.
Despite this, what Aerosmith has shown in this album is a decisive aim to please dedicated fans, and evidently includes an impressive list of collaborators on their album jacket. The deluxe release of Dimension! has an impressive 24 songs and features backing vocals from Johnny Depp on Freedom Fighter, a duet with Carrie Underwood on Can’t Stop Loving You and album artwork from Guns and Roses’ Slash.
After a return to a comfortable form, this album however marks the end of Aerosmith’s current recording contract with Sony/Columbia Records, again casting doubt as to when fans can look forward to more releases, or whether there will even be any further albums.
After showing that Steve Tyler and co. can still deliver, and have a good eye for interesting collaborations, existing listeners of Aerosmith will not be disappointed by Music from Another Dimension! However, they may still dissatisfied by the uncertain prospects of future releases, along with those expecting more musical genre and songwriting experimentation in their work.
Standout track – Freedom Fighter
Watch the music video for I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing here: