In a cowbell-thwacking song called “Out Go the Lights,” Steven Tyler, Aerosmith’s lead singer, spits out a phrase — “Déjà booty” — that could easily describe Aerosmith’s new album, “Music From Another Dimension!” It’s the first album of Aerosmith’s own songs since 2001, and with it the band aggressively reclaims every last one of its trademarks through the decades.
But there’s some spark amid the calculation. The band hasn’t been lazy; it revs up the old tricks and creates a ruckus despite the elaborate productions. The songs play a knowing double game, switching between grown-ups’ memories and barely postadolescent urges. The guitars of Mr. Perry and Brad Whitford grind and snarl, while Mr. Tyler leers and whoops it up. In “Legendary Child,” which echoes (and quotes lyrics from) “Walk This Way,” the band looks back on a 40-year recording career. But in “LUV XXX” Mr. Tyler promises, “Hot monkey sex on a hot tin roof/You’ll be higher than a shot of a million proof.” He turned 64 this year, and sounds like he’s going on 18.
The Tyler-Perry collaboration has grown strained over the decades, with some very public rifts. And it’s tempting to take the songs written and sung by Mr. Perry as interband memos, like the slow blues-rocker “Something”: “You’re making me wait like there’s no tomorrow/You’re taking from me what I can’t beg or borrow.” It’s followed, and perhaps answered, by “Another Last Goodbye,” which suggests Aerosmith’s “Dream On” rearranged as a Beatles piano ballad, with Mr. Tyler yowling, “What’s it take to make this love survive another last goodbye?” Sure, it’s a boy-girl breakup-and-makeup song, a pop contender. But maybe it’s also a bid for Aerosmith to persist.—The New York Times