I had to listen to this album a couple times before I could form an opinion. I could hear a lot of the 70s Aerosmith mixed with a more modern vibe. The sound of this album is kind of different from the older stuff. Some songs are unique and can’t be considered to belong to previous records but other songs may be part of some of them without a problem.. I felt like Joe Perry and Brad Whitford did a good job with the guitar work. It was definitely a mixture of hard rock and blues. A few of the tracks like “Freedom Fighter” “Something” and “Closer” felt like they were a bit hollow. Almost like they were missing that full sound Aerosmith fans have become accustomed to listening to their earlier work.
Other tracks like “Beautiful“, “Street Jesus“, “Luv XXX“, and “Out Go The Lights“definitely delivered. They’re three songs that make us remember “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” playing the piano in “Another Last Goodbye“, “We All Fall Down” and “What Could Have Been Love“.
Lyrically, this album stayed true to Aerosmith form. Earlier albums were never short of creative and sometimes funny lyrics. This albums offers more of the same. All in all I give this album 4 out of five stars. I have never been a fan of rock ballads, and the only reason I didn’t give this album a perfect score was the that it went a little overboard on the ballad factor.