Aerosmith's fifth album in five years, 1977's "Draw The Line", is not as consistent as their two previous peaks ("Rocks" and the fabulous "Toys In The Attic"), and the band themselves have some negative things to say about it, but it does contain several great moments.
It opens with one my favorite Aerosmith songs, the superb, tough rocker "Draw The Line", with all the hooks, dirty riffs and wailing slide guitar you could wish for, and the next song, "I Wanna Know Why", is just as great.
Other highlights include the smouldering slide guitar-workout "Get It Up", the ballad "Kings And Queens", and Aerosmith's reworking of the classic "Milk Cow Blues", which features great harp playing by Steven Tyler, and a muscular guitar riff.
Not everything is great, and a couple of tunes are actually pretty monotonous, but "Draw The Line" catches fire more often than not.
Definitely recommended...its main "drawback", if you can call it that, is the fact the all the best songs off this album can be found on the excellent "Pandora's Box" collection, along with almost every other highlight from the group's seventies albums.
3 3/4 stars.