If 2012 has been a vintage year for elderly rock bands – ZZ Top, Rush and Kiss have returned with albums recalling their peaks – no one seems to have told Aerosmith the golden rule: make sure you remind your listeners of the 1970s. Instead, Music from Another Dimension! goes heavy on the insipid power ballads that characterised their commercial revival in the early 90s – thus country star Carrie Underwood is roped in to duet on Can't Stop Loving You. It all suggests the old joke about Noel Gallagher can work for Steven Tyler: he's released an album to promote his excellent new interview . There are riffs from Joe Perry, too, and Out Go the Lights is propelled by a guitar line that he obviously knows is a winner, though not so much that it needs to go on for seven minutes. Aerosmith's return sounds like a band realising they need to be present, but not really sure how to be.
Aerosmith: Music from Another Dimension! – review
Michael Hann is a freelance writer, and former music editor of the Guardian