10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Project's first singer, Ralph Mormon, was replaced in 1980 with the equally effective Charlie Farren, who also added rhythm guitar. Then the stage was set for the group making its best album. In interviews Perry had said he wanted to capture The Sex Pistols' energy, and the crash-and-burn power of "East Coast, West Coast" is evidence that Perry's brilliance had been a bit shackled at times within Aerosmith. There's a looseness here, and yet an inspired precision brings solid tunes like "No Substitute for Arrogance," "Soldier of Fortune," "TV Police," and "South Station Blues" to real life. "Buzz Buzz" is a playful jam. The sound is impeccable: grungy and warm, with Perry's blues influences being worked over into punkish hard rock. "Dirty Little Things" shuffles with a touch of The Rolling Stones. Where Perry's debut album, 1980's Let the Music Do the Talking, sounded like an Aerosmith album without Steven Tyler, Rock 'n' Rolls is the sound of a completely independent band clicking on all cylinders. Highly recommended.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Project's first singer, Ralph Mormon, was replaced in 1980 with the equally effective Charlie Farren, who also added rhythm guitar. Then the stage was set for the group making its best album. In interviews Perry had said he wanted to capture The Sex Pistols' energy, and the crash-and-burn power of "East Coast, West Coast" is evidence that Perry's brilliance had been a bit shackled at times within Aerosmith. There's a looseness here, and yet an inspired precision brings solid tunes like "No Substitute for Arrogance," "Soldier of Fortune," "TV Police," and "South Station Blues" to real life. "Buzz Buzz" is a playful jam. The sound is impeccable: grungy and warm, with Perry's blues influences being worked over into punkish hard rock. "Dirty Little Things" shuffles with a touch of The Rolling Stones. Where Perry's debut album, 1980's Let the Music Do the Talking, sounded like an Aerosmith album without Steven Tyler, Rock 'n' Rolls is the sound of a completely independent band clicking on all cylinders. Highly recommended.

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