music is in such transition that the pinnacle is no longer being on
top with a No. 1 song, or a best-selling CD, but staying there once
any music lover with a pulse is aware, the face of music constantly
changes. From the free and easy grooves of the 70s, to the
synthesized pop of the 80s, to the virtual smorgasbord the 90s
became, whatever happened to be popular at any given time in the last
30 years of music more than likely couldn't be found on radio two or
three years later. The face
a few acts have been able to stay on top of the business for that
entire period, and the hottest of them right now has to be Aerosmith.
They received the International Artist Award at the American Music
Awards on January 8, becoming only the fifth act to receive that
award in AMA's 28-year history. They performed at the Halftime Show
of Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, appearing on stage with some of today's
hottest performers (many of whom weren't even alive when Aerosmith
hit the music scene). Then on March 19, they were inducted into the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And there's still another nine months
to go in this year.
on the crest of their latest wave of success, Aerosmith has also
released its first studio album in four years, entitled "Just
Push Play." In many ways, it's a classic Aerosmith CD, but in
other ways it's not. Aerosmith has the rare ability to change with
the times and trends but still stay true to their music, and it's
easy to see on this CD.
themselves. And, if you're looking for the next in the long line of
catchy, meaningless tunes, the title track is just that.
Push Play" has everything that Aerosmith has become famous for,
which is pretty much everything. It has plenty of radio-friendly
tracks, such as the current single, "Jaded," and
"Sunshine," which could be released as a single just in
time for summer. "Fly Away From Here" is a ballad with the
potential to make an impact similar to "I Don't Want To Miss A
Thing." Another radio-style track, "Outta Your Mind"
illustrates Aerosmith's timeless quality, revitalizing the Limp
Bizkit-esque metal rap-rock style (which Aerosmith actually helped
originate) and mixing it with the legitimate hard rock style also
made famous by
front man Steven Tyler (photo courtesy Rolling
you're dealing with a band like Aerosmith, describing what the music
is about is almost impossible. Aerosmith is one of those bands that
know how to mix style with substance. They know how to write good
songs, how to sing them, and how to perform them live. The band is so
musically brilliant that they could actually get away with singing
some of the popular boy band songs of today (too bad those that
actually sing them can't.)
bottom line is this: To hell with analyzing the music. Go to the
store, by the CD, and do what it says on the front cover: Just Push Play.