Just Push Play (+Bonus Track/Enhanced)

Just Push Play (+Bonus Track/Enhanced)

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by Aerosmith
     
 

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Back in the '70s, hard-charging Aerosmith managed to fuse brain and booty with a panache rarely seen this side of a mad scientist's lab. And while a lot of water -- and watery power ballads -- have passed under the bridge since then, the grizzled godfathers have leapt back into the fray with their most aggressive, nastiest-sounding disc in more than a decade.…  See more details below

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Back in the '70s, hard-charging Aerosmith managed to fuse brain and booty with a panache rarely seen this side of a mad scientist's lab. And while a lot of water -- and watery power ballads -- have passed under the bridge since then, the grizzled godfathers have leapt back into the fray with their most aggressive, nastiest-sounding disc in more than a decade. Dispensing with strings, frills, and all things reeking of sugar-and-spice, the bards of Boston kick out the jams with flair on this collection -- the first Aerosmith record to bear the production credit of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. The latter does a good job of showcasing his slashing guitar stylings, which pour forth on bluesy, boozy throwdowns like "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and the strutting "Outta Your Head." Cohorts Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer assert themselves mighty effectively on several complex (but not convoluted) rhythmic workouts, notably the hip-tickling "Trip Hoppin'" and "Avant Garden." As always, however, Tyler finds a way to steal the show. Whether shuffling knowingly through "Jaded" or waxing lascivious on cuts like "Under My Skin," Tyler plays the part of dedicated debaucher with the flair of a man who's lived it, but he balances that with a distanced cleverness worthy of a postmod guru. With 30 years of hard living and hard rocking under their belts, Aerosmith don't even need to work up a sweat in order to get fans on the good foot, but to their credit, they decided to get those fluids flowing big-time on this outing.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Give Aerosmith credit for not only realizing something was wrong after Nine Lives relatively flat-lined, but deciding to do something about it. Ditching the outside producers who initially liberated but eventually straitjacketed them, Steve Tyler and Joe Perry seized control of the boards, working with the assistance of Mark Hudson and Marti Frederiksen. (Forever the Stones fanatics, Tyler and Perry dubbed this crew the Boneyard Boys, just like how Mick-n-Keef are the Glimmer Twins.) So, this isn't really a full-fledged band affair and Hudson and Frederiksen's fingerprints are all over the place, but that doesn't matter since the end result is tighter, savvier, and better than anything since Pump. It's still far from perfect, however, since it suffers from a dearth of memorable material, and the group members' steadfast refusal to act their age results in a couple of embarrassing slips into stodginess (the "f*ckin' A" chorus on the title track, a song improbably titled "Trip Hoppin'," or the ludicrous "Avant Garden"). These mean that the record doesn't come close to matching the twin comebacks of Permanent Vacation and Pump, but it's a sleek, classicist hard rock record that sounds good -- better than Aerosmith has sounded in nearly a decade, as a matter of fact, particularly when the group gets a hook as tuneful as that of "Jaded." Aerosmith sounds good enough on Just Push Play that it almost makes you forgive the Heavy Metal refugee on the front cover, a sexy robot illustration that looks far more out of date than the music sounds.
Rolling Stone - Tom Moon
Just Push Play has a rawer, edgier sound than anything Aerosmith have released since 1989's Pump. Gone is the glossy pop of 1997's Nine Lives, co-produced by Glen Ballard, and slick power ballads such as the Diane Warren-penned "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." In their place is a full-frontal guitar assault, bucketfuls of salacious attitude and the enduring Aerosmith mixture of wry turns of phrase paired with insinuating, combustible melodies.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972662329
catalogNumber:
726623
Rank:
13256

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aerosmith   Primary Artist
Joe Perry   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hurdy-Gurdy,Slide Guitar
Tower of Power   Horn
Jim Cox   Piano
Dan Higgins   Clarinet,Saxophone
Joey Kramer   Drums
Steven Tyler   Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Conga,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Squeezebox,Lead
Brad Whitford   Guitar
Liv Tyler   Whisper
Tony Perry   Guitar,scratching,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hurdy-Gurdy,Slide Guitar
Paul Santo   Hammond Organ,kurzweil
David Paul Campbell   Strings
Tom Hamilton   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Joe Perry   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Paul Caruso   Engineer,Loop Programming
Richard Chycki   Engineer,Engineering
Jim Cox   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Marti Frederiksen   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Scott Gordon   Engineer
Jesse Henderson   Engineer
Mark Hudson   Composer,Producer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Steven Tyler   Composer,Producer
Bryan Carrigan   Engineer
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction
Howard Kaufman   Management
Jim Survis   Equipment Manager,Instrument Technician
Stephen Saper   Author
Tony Perry   Producer
Keith Garde   Special Projects Coordinator
Hudson   Producer
Paul Santo   Engineer
John Bionelli   Tour Manager
Jimmy Eyers   Tour Manager
Trudy Green   Management
Boneyard Boys   Producer
David Paul Campbell   String Arrangements
Brian Carrigan   Engineer
Tom Hamilton   Composer

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