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Aerosmith were falling apart. Substance abuse was taking it toll. Interpersonal relationships were disintegrating. Guitarist Joe Perry was already gone by the album’s release and fellow guitarist Brad Whitford would soon depart as well. Guitarists Richard Supa and Neil Thompson pick up the slack, and it’s a testament to just how skilled a band they were that even with all this difficulty, they were able to assemble an album as strong as 1979’s Night in the Ruts. The album lacks the diamond-hard precision of the band’s earlier works, favoring walls of massive overdubbed guitars to get its message across. This sonic bludgeoning adds heightened drama to the masterful opening cut (Aerosmith always knew how to make an entrance) and make “Chiquita” and “Cheese Cake” among the band’s densest hard rock. A cover of the Shangri-Las’ “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” allows singer Steven Tyler to sing to sweet desperation, while the Yardbirds’ “Think About It” again puts the guitarists into full-play. “Reefer Head Woman” is the closest the group had ever come to pure blues (and would remain so until their 2004 Honkin’ On Bobo release). “Mia,” a song for Tyler’s daughter, is another trip over to the piano for a sentimental closer (Tyler always knew how to make an exit).

Customer Reviews

UNDERRATED BUT SO GOOD

Very Underrated album, I don't know why people give up on it just because it has half Joe Perry and half Jimmy Crespo, but it is so much better than you think. If you have skipped this album before listen to the entire thing and think again. No Surprize tellsthe story of how Aerosmith gor a record deal in 1973, it is actually Steven Tyler's fav song. Chiquita is pure Aerosmith hard rock. Remember is a Shangri Las cover. cheese Cake is funny. Three Mile Smile is total bluesy swagger. Reffer Head Woman is Aerosmith's most bluesy song. Bone To Bone is the hardest rocking song on the album. Think about It is a Beatles cover. And Mia is a perfect example of Steven Tyler's love of the piano. This is album is better than you think

Right in the Nuts

It gets a "good" rating mainly for No Surprise but the band is cleary off the rails by this time in their career. The weaknesses in this album are less about Joe Perry's impending departure than by the absence of any real cohesion or spontaneity in the material. It sounds like a great band going through the motions. A good comparison is The Rolling Stones Black and Blue. But there are some shining moments: The Shangri-la's cover, Mia, Chiquita,& Three Mile Smile all display the elements that made this band among the greatest in the 70's. The rest of the songs are uninspired and not particularly memorable. It's the swansong of a great era for the band and though it doesn't match the heights of the previous albums it's still grittier and more authentic than what would come in the 80's and 90's

Last Gasp

A testament to the amoutn of gas still in the tank for this once mighty, mighty, American hard rock institution. This is the last one before they exorcise all the rock out of themselves and become a pop band for 12 year old girls and guys who think Motely Crue is better than Led Zeppelin.

Biography

Formed: 1970 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Aerosmith were one of the most popular hard rock bands of the '70s, setting the style and sound of hard rock and heavy metal for the next two decades with their raunchy, bluesy swagger. The Boston-based quintet found the middle ground between the menace of the Rolling Stones and the campy, sleazy flamboyance of the New York Dolls, developing a lean, dirty riff-oriented boogie that was loose and swinging and as hard as a diamond. In the meantime, they developed a prototype for power ballads with...
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