Geffen Records, 1989


REVIEW BY: Alfredo Narvaez


Few bands have used as many lives as the boys from Beantown. If you've read their autobiography, you may be amazed that they are even alive - much less making records. After their sudden return to the limelight with their get-together with Run-DMC and the success of Permanent Vacation, the band was out to prove themselves to the world that the success wasn't a fluke. So they worked hard (How hard? Bassist Tom Hamilton injured himself while working on the album) and the result was my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Pump. Walk this way and learn why it's probably the best album of their 80s comeback.

Now granted, you could tell from Permanent Vacation and from Pump that the band was heading into a more mainstream, pop, version than they were before. Some of the songs - like "Young Lust" and "My Girl" - could probably have fit rather well in Get A Grip. Aside from that, I don't think you could find a flaw in here.

Some examples of the quality are: "F.I.N.E." - a straight rocker that is given life by the vocal delivery of Mr. Steven Tyler. It leads into the neoclassic "Love In An Elevator," which is a monster of a track. The song about losing one's inhibitions will have you singing and swinging (or you might be dead!). Also, there's "Monkey On My Back," where the band swerves into kicking the habit. I just love the mean intro by Joe Perry and Joey Kramer.

There's also "Janie's Got A Gun" which stands out because of the seriousness it presents as does "Voodoo Medicine Man." Here you have two of the most serious topics to emerge in the nineties - child abuse/rape and destruction of the environment - being sung about by one of the biggest party bands in rock history! Not only that, but they are doing it before it becomes trendy to do so!

Add to all of that their pop ditties - "The Other Side," "Don't Get Mad, Get Even" and "Young Lust" - and you will enjoy this album even more. These songs are fun and offset the seriousness of some of the other material rather well. On top of all that, there's probably their best current ballad - "What It Takes." This song is clearly above many of their other current ballads.

To many of the fans that think that Aerosmith's current material is subpar to their earlier, classic, stuff, I say: whatever. One must remember that this is a band that had to get reacquainted with itself (during the hairy eighties, no less). Hear this album and you will see Aerosmith's power remains the same.

Rating: A

User Rating: A-


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