Personnel: Tom Hamilton (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, electric bass); Joe Perry (vocals, guitar, lap steel guitar, baritone guitar, hammer dulcimer, string synthesizer); Joey Kramer (drums, percussion, background vocals); Steven Tyler (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, drums, percussion); Brad Whitford (vocals, guitar); Carrie Underwood (vocals).
Recording information: Boneyard Studios (2011-07-5_2012-04-??); Briar Patch Studio (2011-07-5_2012-04-??); Hensen Studios (2011-07-5_2012-04-??); Mad Dog Studios (2011-07-5_2012-04-??); Pandora's Box Studio (2011-07-5_2012-04-??); Poppy Studios (2011-07-5_2012-04-??); Retro Activ Studios (2011-07-5_2012-04-??); Sunset Marquis Villa 41 (2011-07-5_2012-04-??); Swing House Studios (2011-07-5_2012-04-??).
Editor: Stewart Whitmore.
Photographers: Zach Whitford; Brad Whitford.
"How can we miss you when you won't go away?" It's a question that sounds as if it could be the title of an Aerosmith power ballad co-written by Diane Warren, but it's a sentiment that also applies to the Boston quintet themselves. 2012's Music from Another Dimension! may be their first album in eight years -- and their first record of original material in over a decade! -- but the band has never been far from the headlines during those missing years, and not just because Steven Tyler screeched his way into America's homes as Simon Cowell's replacement on American Idol. Joe Perry, the Keith Richards to Tyler's Mick Jagger, never was happy about Tyler's leap to the small screen, but it was just one of many interpersonal squabbles that bled their way into the public. That schism can be heard on Music from Another Dimension!, particularly toward its conclusion when Perry muscles his way to the mike for a pair of bracing rockers reminiscent of the band at full flight, but more than anything, this big-budget blockbuster telegraphs that Aerosmith is indeed broadcasting from another dimension, a dimension where splashy kitchen-sink albums from rock bands could sell millions of copies on sheer momentum alone. Carrie Underwood may pop up for a duet on "Can't Stop Loving You," but that's the only nod to the present on an album that's living every day like it's 1997. Both the rockers and ballads are big, big, big, dressed in countless overdubs, so much clatter that it can be hard to hear hooks initially. Simply put, nobody makes albums like this any more. Nobody breaks the bank attempting to make a rock album that's everything to everyone and Aerosmith sounds entirely oblivious to this state of affairs, carrying on like it was 1997. And, in a sense, as an overall piece of product, Music from Another Dimension! is no worse than Nine Lives. It may lack a single as immediate as "Fallin' in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" -- or the subsequent "Jaded" from 2001's Just Push Play -- but it faithfully follows Aerosmith's '90s blueprint. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The best thing about MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION is the chance to hear Joe Perry and Brad Whitford play guitar -- always the bet thing about any Aerosmith album."
Entertainment Weekly (p.97) - "[Perry's] effortlessly supple brand of bar-stool blues dances equally well with the soul-drenched hip-shaker 'Out Go the Lights' and the punked-up juggernaut 'Street Jesus'..."
Billboard (p.76) - "When they're on...Aerosmith remains a veritable rock powerhouse, even after four decades."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[L]ive-sounding rockers 'Street Jesus,' 'Freedom Fighter' and 'Luv XXX' provide the grit..."