Aerosmith's Music From Another Dimension: A Disappointing Return
Aerosmith, one of the most iconic and influential rock bands of all time, released their fifteenth and most recent studio album, Music From Another Dimension, in 2012. It was their first album of original material since 2001's Just Push Play, and their first album since 2004's Honkin' on Bobo, which consisted of blues covers. Fans and critics alike had high expectations for the band's comeback, especially after they announced that they were going back to their roots and recording a raw and classic-sounding album. However, the final product turned out to be a letdown for many, as it was plagued by overproduction, filler tracks, and lack of cohesion.
Music From Another Dimension was released in various editions, including a deluxe edition with four bonus tracks and a DVD, and a Japanese edition with an additional bonus track called \"Shakey Ground\". The Japanese edition also featured a different cover art, showing the band members in a futuristic setting. The album had a total of 20 tracks (21 in Japan), making it the longest Aerosmith album ever. However, quantity does not equal quality, as many of the songs sounded like recycled ideas from their previous albums, especially from their 90s era. The album also suffered from too many ballads, guest appearances, and interludes that disrupted the flow and energy of the album.
Some of the highlights of the album include \"Oh Yeah\", a catchy and upbeat rocker that recalls their early days; \"Out Go The Lights\", a funky and groovy tune that features a horn section and a guest appearance by singer-songwriter Julian Lennon; \"Street Jesus\", a hard-hitting and riff-heavy track that showcases Joe Perry's guitar skills; and \"Lover Alot\", a fast-paced and energetic song that features dual vocals by Steven Tyler and Perry. However, these songs are overshadowed by the low points of the album, such as \"Can't Stop Lovin' You\", a bland and cheesy duet with country singer Carrie Underwood; \"We All Fall Down\", a boring and generic power ballad written by Diane Warren; \"Another Last Goodbye\", a sappy and melodramatic piano ballad that closes the album on a sour note; and \"Freedom Fighter\", a political and preachy song sung by Perry that sounds out of place on an Aerosmith album.
Music From Another Dimension received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. Some praised the band for trying new things and experimenting with different styles, while others criticized the album for being too long, inconsistent, and uninspired. The album also performed poorly on the charts, debuting at number five on the Billboard 200 with 63,000 copies sold in its first week. It was the lowest debut for an Aerosmith studio album since 1985's Done With Mirrors. The album also failed to produce any hit singles or memorable songs that could stand among their classics.
Music From Another Dimension was supposed to be Aerosmith's triumphant return to form after more than a decade of hiatus, turmoil, and health issues. However, it turned out to be a disappointing and forgettable effort that did not live up to their legacy or potential. The album showed that Aerosmith still had some sparks left in them, but they were buried under layers of production, filler, and mediocrity. Music From Another Dimension is not the worst Aerosmith album ever made, but it is certainly not the best either. aa16f39245