After a decade of producing disappointing albums due to drug-abuse and problems within the band, Aerosmith finally cleaned up and returned to us with this classic! Despite being produced during the late 80's, 'Pump' can easily join with it's successful older brothers done in the 70's: Get Your Wings, Toys In The Attic, Rocks, and Draw The Line.
When Permanent Vacation was released, many were unsure about the path the band were taking. Pump managed to establish the route with all the songs being single hits on radio or mtv. A similar thing when Aerosmith's debut album was released. The band didn't have a definate style or route. 'Get Your Wings' managed to establish that.
The album begins with 'Young Lust'. A sleazy anthem opening the show. Next we have F.I.N.E.. An even sleazier song. Probably one of the dirtiest songs i've ever listened to. But that's Aerosmith for you, ain't it? Next you get the classic 'Love In An Elevator' featuring an awesome two minute solo by Joe Perry. The happy pace of the album continues with the radio hit, 'Monkey On My Back' which talks about Steve's life of drugs and hard living. Soon the pace dies with a serious social commentary about child abuse with 'Janie's Got A Gun'. The pace quickly picks up with 'The Otherside'. 'My Girl' and 'Don't Get Mad, Get Even' both stand out as great rock pieces with some awesome lyrics. Next we get a darker song called 'Voodoo Medicine Man' with an eerie bass riff by Tom Hamilton and exotic background noises. Finally, like many of Aerosmith's great albums, 'Pump' ends with a sweet ballad. 10/10 for all songs.
Though only ten tracks on this album, all of them are unique and excellent. The CD lasts a little over 45 minutes which in my opinion, is a pretty good length. Most albums that usually last over 60 minutes usually start to get tiresome.
By the way...nice album cover, huh? Suits the name of the album ;-).