The first Aerosmith album to feature all new songs since 2001â€™s Just Push Play, plus the bandâ€™s old time producer Jack Douglas aboard, I had high hopes for Music from Another Dimension. This project was supposedly begun back in 2006, but seeing how much this band enjoys interruptions (injuries and the health of members, “American Idol,” rumors of lead singer replacements, andÂ touring) itâ€™s no real surprise it took this long to see the band’s fifteenthÂ studio album.
Worth the wait?
Who wrote what here is of primary importance seeing that Americaâ€™s answer to The Rolling Stones has employed outside songsmiths quite a bit as of late. This practice certainly gained the ‘Smith boys popularity, but it muted the talents of the band songwriters (commercial songsters Jim Vallance, Desmond Child and Diane Warren all weigh in with forgettable songs here). Luckily Dimension boasts that old Joe Perry/Steven Tyler combination, on the slightly sluggish yet infectious chorus of opening rocker â€œLuv XXXâ€ and each memberâ€™s writing contributions across blistering rockers like â€œLover Alotâ€ (with its low bass grumble), â€œStreet Jesusâ€ and â€œBeautifulâ€ with Tyler all but rapping on this last one.
â€œTell Meâ€ is bassist Tom Hamiltonâ€™s acoustic-based love song, showcasing a real mature-sounding Tyler vocal. I love â€œSomething,â€ with its plodding organ-bleating and Joe Perry vocal. Johnny Depp lends his own voice to the riff-tastic â€œFreedom Fighterâ€ and the country pop fun of â€œCanâ€™t Stop Loving You,â€ with none other then Carrie Underwood singing with Tyler, rounds out this pretty decent release from â€œThe Bad Boys from Boston.â€