ARTIST:

AEROSMITH

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

GET A GRIP

(1993)
LABEL:

GEFFEN

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Bluesy, Easy-Listening
"With its three most famous power ballads, "Crazy", "Cryin" and "Amazin'", "Get a Grip" makes Aerosmith a must-have band and even puts them in the rock pantheon."
LOLOCELTIC (21.07.2009)  
5/5
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"Permanent Vacation" and even more "Pump", imposed the return in force of Aerosmith. Seemingly now free of their addiction problems, the ex-toxic-twins took their time to offer us a successor to "Pump". In spite of this wait of 4 years, when "Get A Grip" arrives, no reproach will be made to the quintet of Boston because this last one surrounded itself with numerous friends of the profession to propose us 15 titles which will never leave the tops of the genre.

Powerful, varied and dynamic, here are some of the superlatives that can be retained among the many that result from the successive listenings of what is a must-have album. Some will criticize the huge production that Bruce Fairbairn offers again to Aerosmith, whereas this one only reinforces the energy and the dynamism of each track, without that being never at the expense of the talent of the musicians. On the contrary, because if Steven Tyler is still in verve and Joe Perry tries again to sing on a successful "Walk On Down", the rest of the band is also highlighted. Kramer's drums are still essential to Aerosmith's identity, and his relaunch on the fabulous "Livin' On The Edge" proves the power of the man. Hamilton has his solo on a psychedelic and funky "Gotta Love It", and regales us with his round and technical bass throughout the album. Finally, Whitford takes all his place beside Perry as the parallel guitar line that he proposes on "Eat The Rich" proves it.

As for the compositions, the dream-team has done its work. Jim Vallance supports the magic duet to compose the tornadoes "Eat The Rich" and "Get A Grip". Desmond Child is present on a "Flesh" with an irresistible rise in power and on which Steven Tyler tears his vocal cords as rarely. We also find him as co-writer of the unavoidable power-ballad "Crazy". It should be noted that this exercise is renewed 3 times on this album, but that neither the bluesy "Cryin'", nor the enchanting "Amazing" and its bewitching solo, fall into the marshmallow. On the contrary, these titles benefit from the general dynamics of the whole, bringing their share to the variety of the tempos. Even Lenny Kravitz takes part in a "Line Up" with the appearance of a Chevrolet launched on the highways, hair in the wind. 

It's hard not to go into the details of each track, each of them bringing its own energy and emotions, most often festive, and each one having its own identity. It's also difficult not to be carried away by the enthusiasm of this journey launched by the Polynesian percussions introducing "Eat The Rich" and ending with a "Boogie Man", an instrumental with an aerial guitar. "Get A Grip" confirms Aerosmith's status as an essential band, and even installs them as a legendary band in the rock pantheon.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Intro - 0:23
02. Eat The Rich - 4:10
03. Get A Grip - 3:58
04. Fever - 4:15
05. Livin' On The Edge - 6:07
06. Flesh - 5:56
07. Walk On Down - 3:39
08. Shut Up And Dance - 4:55
09. Cryin' - 5:08
10. Gotta Love It - 5:58
11. Crazy - 5:16
12. Line Up - 4:03
13. Can't Stop Messin' - 3:30
14. Amazing - 5:56
15. Boogie Man - 2:16

LINEUP:
Brad Whitford: Guitares
Joe Perry: Guitares
Joey Kramer: Batterie
Steven Tyler: Chant / Claviers / Harmonica
Tom Hamilton: Guitares / Basse
   
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