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AEROSMITH ‘Honkin' On Bobo’ (Columbia)(2004)

Aerosmith have had a lot of success with their albums of accessible rock and ballads but may older fans harken for the 70’s blues rock Aerosmith, hence the idea behind this album of cover tunes that have influenced the band’s development. Only one new song, ‘The Grind’ co-written with long time writing partner Marti Frederiksen, a slow ballad Aerosmith style.

Plenty to enjoy like the old standard ‘Road Runner’ with Steven Tyler hamming it up as usual vocally. Sexy slide guitar on the Sonny Boy Williamson number ‘Eyesight to the Blind’ and Joe Perry takes the mic on ‘Back Back Train’. Only real surprise on here is the gospel inspired ‘Jesus Is On The Main Line’, with layered gospel choir and Joe Perry again laying down some fine slide guitar.

An interesting diversion for the band and fans but where do they go form here? Back to the popular chart ballads or keep in this rediscovered blues vibe and risk losing mainstream appeal? As a fan of both eras of the band I am happy either way!

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*** (**** for fans of 70s Aerosmith)

Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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