The random conceit on this umpteenth Aerosmith record, their first of original material in 11 years, is that the injury-prone, feuding rockers are beaming their music in from outer space. It's hard to avoid the impression that Aerosmith might indeed be phoning it in after 42 years, despite the cameos from Johnny Depp on Freedom Fighter and Julian Lennon on Luv XXX, and the recall of their 70s producer, Jack Douglas. "It sounds like dinosaurs eating cars," promises guitarist Joe Perry. In reality, too much of Music… veers towards chewy chart balladry and away from the amusing blues rockers where American Idol judge Steven Tyler manoeuvres his mic stand around with a scarf.
Aerosmith: Music from Another Dimension – review
Kitty Empire is the Observer's pop critic. She has written for NME and occasionally crops up on Radio 4, 5Live, BBC 6Music, and has appeared on BBC2's The Culture Show and Newsnight Review. @kittyempire666