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Aerosmith’s “Draw the Line” is definitive and punchy just like its title.
The record starts full throttle with the quick-paced title track and its hard-hitting lyrics.
Checkmate honey, beat ya at your own damn game
No dice honey, I’m livin’ on the astral plane
The album shows no signs of slowing down, following up the sassy title track with “I Wanna Know Why.” The first three songs, including “Critical Mass,” are straight rock hits, quintessential Aerosmith.
Although it showed no signs, it’s disorienting when the album does indeed slow down. Somewhere between “Get it Up” and “Milk Cow Blues,” the album loses the fire-y edginess so beloved by listeners.
For me, this happens during “Bright Light Fright,” a bizarre track with screeching sounds and a rushed rhythm. The rock group’s fifth studio album was not well-received, and it’s no challenge to discover where it went wrong.
While Steven Tyler still sounds rockin,’ elongating his vowels as always, the songs lose a bit of direction. I still like the record.
I don’t get my kicks reading and adhering to music reviews; I make my own decisions. “Draw the Line” is a fun listen with the same Aerosmith vibes you expect and some new ones. Many online forums suggest this album was and is underrated, and I agree.
Aerosmith is the kind of lively group I want to see in-concert when I attend a festival. This is why I chose festival attire to accompany this record. I wear a graphic tank, high-waisted shorts and a fringe fanny pack.
There is something on “Draw the Line” I love even more than the cover’s goofy silhouettes with exaggerated features, “Kings and Queens.” This dark ballad has a distinct flair that hits me hard.
The last two minutes draw a line that flawlessly connects with the beginning of “The Hand That Feeds,” a song you can’t help but sink your teeth into.
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