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Album review Aerosmith - Toys In The Attic

Toys in the Attic is the title of the third album by the band Aerosmith. The album was released in 1975. It can be said that Aerosmith made the ultimate breakthrough with this album. It is one of the best-selling band albums ever (as of 2002 over 8 million copies sold). For the groovy harder rock, the band presented a kind of blueprint, which is why one can also speak of a milestone in rock music.

The single Sweet Emotion brought the Toxic Twins to number 36 on the Billboard 100, the second single Walk this Way reached number 10 on the charts (and decades later caused a revival for the band). The album itself reached number 11 on the Billboard 200, which was the best chart position for the band at the time. In the wake of the great success of Sweet Emotion, the band decided to release their 1973 single Dream On again: with success, Dream On reached a position 6 in the charts, a significantly better position than in 1973.

The album was recorded with the regular cast Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer. Musically, the Toxic Twins Tyler and Perry had found a style that was considered the typical Aerosmith sound at least until the 1980s: hard rock with a good groove. For many viewers, Aerosmith were nothing more than a mix of Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones. Above all, their groovy, harder approach was so unique that Aerosmith had a significant impact on subsequent genres such as funk metal and rap rock. The status of the band is still difficult to grasp, especially in the trade press Aerosmith were not very popular at the time. As is so often the case, music fans liked the band's music all the more.

The songs

"Toys In The Attic" rocks a lot, although I would rather draw comparisons to Ted Nugent here. The song is one of the band classics, it was covered by many bands of the heavier genre (including Metal Church, Warrant, Ratt etc.) and the song was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock And Roll. A classic.

The often mentioned comparisons to Led Zeppelin I would rather see in the clean parts of the relatively complex "Uncle Salty" or in the harder glam-boogie rocker "Adams Apple".

Like Toys in The Attic, "Walk this Way" is one of the band classics and the song should be well known by now. Guitarist Perry was heavily influenced by the funk band The Meters when writing the song, so the song grooves well.

"Big Ten Inch Record" is the somewhat confusing and seemingly out of place cover number of a Bull Moose Jackson song with a touch of rockabilly jazz blues.

"Sweet Emotion" then exudes a psychedelic flair, but rocks groovy good as it progresses. Another great number in the Aerosmith catalog.

"No More No More" is a good guitar number with a lot of drive and an interesting southern rock note. Simply set up, but simply convincing.

"Round And Round" rocks hard afterwards, possibly the Scorpions were inspired by such material in their love drive phase.

"You See Me Crying" is the inevitable ballad or as the genre says: a power ballad. The band did it well.

Aerosmith are one of those bands that have always polarized. The early Aerosmith in particular were often panned out (especially by the trade press). Mostly it was about the fact that the band stuck too much to clich├ęs and unfortunately had at least as many weak moments in some good moments (live more weak than good moments). It's all kind of right, but then again, the early Aerosmith sounded more exciting than the late AOR rockers. Especially songs like Toys In The Attic, Walk This Way, Sweet Emotion or No More No More rock well. The ballad You See Me Crying also convinces me, Uncle Salty is quite interesting. The rest then falls a little, especially the cover of Big Ten-Inch Record the band could have saved. Despite three classics, not the Luftschmitts' strongest early work, but definitely a decent album and ultimately a milestone in rock music due to the outstanding sales figures.

  1. Toys in the Attic (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry) 3:07
  2. Uncle Salty (Tyler, Tom Hamilton) 4:09
  3. Adam's Apple (Tyler) 4:33
  4. Walk This Way (Tyler, Perry) 3:41
  5. Big Ten Inch Record (Fred Weismantel) 2:16
  6. Sweet Emotion (Tyler, Hamilton) 4:34
  7. No More No More (Tyler, Perry) 4:34
  8. Round and Round (Tyler, Brad Whitford) 5:03
  9. You See Me Crying (Tyler, Darren Solomon) 5:12

Reviewer: MP