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  • Audio CD (Feb. 13 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000000OY5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let The Music Do The Talking
2. My Fist Your Face
3. Shame On You
4. The Reason A Dog
5. Shela
6. Gypsy Boots
7. She's On Fire
8. The Hop
9. Darkness

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Proof positive that the Toxic Twins should never be apart, Done with Mirrors was Aerosmith's first album since Joe Perry returned to the band in 1985. Though it didn't garner as much commercial success as did the follow-up Permanent Vacation, this album is in many ways truer to the heart of what Aerosmith was in their 1970s heyday. From the opening drive of "Let the Music Do the Talking" (which reuses that great riff from 1977's "Draw the Line"), to the strong grooves of "The Reason a Dog" and "Gypsy Boots," to the rockin' shuffle of "The Hop," Done with Mirrors is full of strong moments. The two best tracks on the album, though, show Aerosmith heading back to their roots: the swampy rock of "She's On Fire" and the jive-to-drive of "Darkness," both of which have the raw, bluesy base of the band's best material. If nothing else, Done with Mirrors indicated that Aerosmith may have been down, but they definitely weren't out of the running yet--something that Permanent Vacation would prove two years later. --Genevieve Williams

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By Tommy Skylar TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 30 2011
Format: Audio CD
1985's Done With Mirrors was the first album released by a then freshly reunited Aerosmith, the first featuring the original lineup since Night In The Ruts in 1979 (Joe Perry left during the band during the recording of that album and Brad Withford left a little later in 1981). This is also the first album the band released under their new label Geffen Records. Done With Mirrors was intended to be Aerosmith's comeback record but that didn't happen until their next album Permanent Vacation and then continued with Pump. Done With Mirrors sounds a lot more like the classic 1970's Aerosmith than its successors Permanent Vacation (1987) and Pump (1989). Those two albums went on towards a more commercial and an ultimately more successful approach. DWM is very much the album between the band's classic 1970's era and the successful 1980's era. It's a bridge between those two eras as it has the 70's sound yet has 80's influences and hints at what was to come just around the corner.

Opening the album, 'Let The Music Do The Talking' is a re-recording of The Joe Perry Project with slight differences. It's one of the best songs here and this take on the Joe Perry original is pretty good. 'My First Your Face' is one the highlights of Done With Mirrors, it's a good and fun rocking track. The lyrics are little immature but this is Aerosmith we can all get over that, besides the song works fine. 'Shame On You' is hate to say it, not much more than 'filler' material. It just never really gets started and doesn't go anywhere. 'Shela' is a bit repetitive but it's not a bad song, features some interesting guitar work and Steven Tyler's energy carries this song. 'She's On Fire' is often pointed out as being a highlight for DWM by other reviewers.
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On February 14, 1984, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford visited Steven Tyler and the rest of their former Aerosmith bandmates. The meeting begat a reunion and the Back in The Saddle Tour. After the tour, Aerosmith signed with Geffen Records and hired Van Halen Producer Ted Templesman as the producer. The album is decent, but you have to keep in mind that the band wouldn't enetr rehab until a year later. It seems unpolished and raw as Templesman supposedly recorded Aerosmith's performances, only letting them no later that he got everything taped. It's certainly not Toys in the Attic, Rocks, or Pump, but it builds a bridge between their 70's heydays and the 80's and 90's heydays.
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While Done With Mirrors is one of my least favorite Aerosmith albums, it's not a bad album. "Let The Music Do The Talking," "The Reason A Dog," and "My Fist Your Face" are great songs. But tracks like "Shela" and "She's On Fire" are a little on the weak side. Plus, the production on this album was horrible. It also lacks the energy of albums like Rocks or Pump.
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Why this album wasn't a hit, I don't know. It didn't have any pop tunes on it. People may think I'm crazy when I say it, but this cd is great. Certainly worth the pick up for the price. Aerosmith went pop after this. This cd kicks ass!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Plante on Jan. 25 2007
Format: Audio CD
first, this gets a strong 3.5 stars from me. i am by no means a big aerosmith fan. in fact, of all the songs on this album, i only knew "let the music do the talking" prior to picking it up. after the first spin, i really couldn't believe how good this album was! simply put, it is just a really great slab of raw and bluesy, no-frills rock 'n roll. the majority of the tunes are quite solid, my favourites being: "let the music do the talking", "my fist your face", "gypsy boots" and "she's on fire". to be honest, the album kind of hits a lull here and there, but there are no absolute stinkers on this by any stretch. overall, my cd collection is better for it's inclusion!! for anyone who is a fan of straight-ahead hard rock, pick it up, you will not regret it!
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