Review by Lilen Pautasso, as featured on New York webzine Puluche.com (http://puluche.com/reviews/aerosmith-music-from-another-dimension-57-5/)
With over a decade since their last album release, Aerosmith have left their individual pursuits (temporarily) behind to produce their latest album Music From Another Dimension! For a band whose musical history and discography is loyal to the fun and traditional ‘90s rock ‘n’ roll, there is a certain dullness on this album that hinders any possibility of total enjoyment. Perhaps the most irritating aspect of the album has to be the incessant, overstuffed and exhaustingly repetitive love ballads. On a 15-track album, four are ballads that fail to go beyond the generic “love sick” prototype. While some tracks do attempt to reignite the eccentric and energetic Aerosmith rock of the ‘90s, most, especially “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You.” “What Could Have Been Love” and “We All Fall Down,” are empty and effortless clusters of noise. Lyrically the tracks are mundane and would probably serve more use as a recyclable Hallmark Card. By the same token, the album also contains a handful of rock tracks that do nothing more than clog up the album. Tracks such as “Oh Yeah” and “Freedom Fighters” (sung by Joe Perry), are lacklustre at best making it hard to believe they were produced by the best-selling American rock band of all time.
Despite Music From Another Dimension! demonstrating limited creativity, there are a handful of songs that complement the sonic demeanour Aerosmith is famous for. With underlying catchy riffs and engaging rhythmic accompaniment, “Luv XXX” and “Legendary Child” are perhaps the only tracks that fulfill the listener’s desire for truly enjoyable, audacious rock ‘n’ roll. Perfectly complementing Aerosmith’s fun natured, almost humorous disposition, both tracks provide solace from the tiresome musical drab that dominates the album.
So simplistic it is almost irritating, Aerosmith appear to be completely inept at reigniting the musical and lyrical creativity that made them famous. With a brilliant musical, especially vocal backing, it is hard to believe that Music From Another Dimension! could be so devoid of imagination and ingenuity. While the intention to revive their classic sound is evident, the final product is an unfortunate jumble of regurgitated tunes that achieve no creative purpose.
(c) Lilen Pautasso 2013