Get Your Wings. Toys In The Attic. Rocks. Nobody disputes the grandness of those records. Nobody disputes that, for a couple years anyway, Aerosmith created some of the great most important rock music in America. Draw The Line, Aerosmith's fifth, divides fans like no 'Smith platter before. Which is a shame. While, compared to Rocks, it stumbles behind like a drunk stumbling out of the bar, it is still a magnificent piece of rock and roll damnation.
The drug problems had set in, but you wouldn't be able to tell by the title track. This, friends, is one of my all time favourite songs, desert island material. To this day nobody has written anything as perfectly manic as "Draw The Line". And I still have no idea what Tyler is singing after the lead solo break. I once read that David Lee Roth used this song to drive away a herd of yaks while hiking in the Himalayas. Understand?
It doesn't end there with "I Wanna Know Why" being one of the catchiest of the early 'Smith rockers. "Critical Mass" was also great, a song that grooves along quite nicely. I'm not too keen on the funkier moments of this album. Draw The Line is not a perfect record, but it's damn close. "Kings and Queens" is regal and excellent, and even Joe Perry's "Bright Light Fright" kicks the decibels.
This is a hard album to grasp at first, but at least the great songs are truly great, and keep you coming back for more. Please don't overlook Draw The Line. This is impaired Aerosmith, but not quite off the rails yet.