ALBUM REVIEW: Rocks x Aerosmith

My shot at rock.

For my first album review, I decided not to choose an album that I had already listened to, but instead a new (well, old) one. I am in no way an Aerosmith or rock fan, so my ears are very unfamiliar with these crazy guitar riffs. They did, however, bring me back to the days of Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

In order to keep the track reviews short and sweet, I tried to limit myself to two-sentence thoughts.

TRACK REVIEW:

  1. Back In the Saddle
    * 1.5 / 5 *
    I really tried to like this song, with it’s layered instrumentals. But the lyrics feel too repetitive, and the vocals are missing depth without harmonies.
  2. Last Child
    * 4 / 5 *
    Hands down my favorite song of this album. The beat stays funky; the vocal diversity stays fresh.
  3. Rats in the Collar
    * 3 / 5*
    My second favorite song of this album because of its upbeat, fast tempo right until the end. Great buildup with a nice finish.
  4. Combination
    * 1.5 / 5 *
    Good harmonies, but I wasn’t crazy about the song itself. No element felt outstanding to me.
  5. Sick As A Dog
    * 2 / 5 *
    Catchier than the previous track, but only slightly. Nothing much to say.
  6. Nobody’s Fault
    * 2 / 5 *
    Kudos for the sick guitar solo. But again, nothing exceptional.
  7. Get the Lead Out
    * 3 / 5 *
    Standing as a track itself, this song has a subtle element of funk that I enjoy. At this point in the album, however, the guitar solos start to feel a bit repetitive and overdone.
  8. Lick and A Promise
    * 2.5 / 5 *
    The backup vocals add an interesting dynamic. Feels somewhat like a crossover between rock and country.
  9. Home Tonight
    * 2.5 / 5 * 
    The song itself isn’t brilliant, but it’s a brilliant way to finish the album. Perfectly functional.

ALBUM RATING: ☆ 2 . 5 / 5 ☆

As a whole, the strengths were clearly strong — but the weaknesses were quite weak. Among some super catchy and funky tunes, there are just too many tracks that just don’t feel unique.

xo,
Catherine

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