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Aerosmith

Toys in the Attic

Review by Gary Hill

You know, this album is really a classic, but it seems to me that there are probably a lot of music fans out there who haven’t heard it these days. So, it seems a good thing to have a look at. To me this is a strong album, but not as strong as Get Your Wings. Sure, we get a couple of the biggest rock classics the band ever did, but we also get “Big Ten Inch Record” which seems to me the only thing close to a clunker – well, you might also include the overproduced closing piece. The truth is GYW is more consistent. Still, this is a classic album for good reason and one well worth having.

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Track by Track Review
Toys In The Attic

The title track opens the album and it starts with a driving riff that’s classic Aerosmith. The tune really rocks very well.The chorus hook is very infectious.

Uncle Salty
A bit mellower and slower number, this reminds me a lot of something from Get Your Wings. I really like the vocal arrangement a lot.
Adam's Apple
Feeling sort of like something between the last two tracks, the addition of a horn section changes things up a bit. 
Walk This Way
If you’ve never heard this song, I’m not sure what planet you are on. It’s got a killer riff, some great guitar and vocal pyrotechnics and deserves to be a classic. 
Big Ten Inch Record
Loaded with horns, this is a bouncy little number that’s got a big band meets the old school blues feeling to it. It’s a cover of an old rocker.
Sweet Emotion
Here’s another of those songs you pretty much have to have heard. It’s also another with a smoking hard rock groove.  The riff on this is purely classic and everybody is on top of their game. 
No More No More
More of a straight ahead rocker, this is another that could have come off of Get Your Wings
Round And Round
In many ways this is perhaps a bit more raw and straight blues oriented. At points I’m reminded of Montrose at other places of Led Zeppelin. It’s a real killer piece of music. 
You See Me Crying
Piano leads things off here and this has a string arrangement. I’d have to say that that arrangement on it is a bit over the top and it sounds like Queen at times. I’d have closed with something stronger had I been putting the track listing together. That said, Joe Perry delivers a very tasty scorching guitar solo.
 
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