Draw the Line (1977)

1.Draw the Line
2.I Wanna Know Why
3.Critical Mass
4.Get it Up
5.Bright Light Fright
6.Kings and Queens
7.The Hand That Feeds
8.Sight for Sore Eyes
9.Milk Cow Blues


The band has now admitted that when looking back on their history, this timeframe was not the most creative due to increase substance use and in-band quarreling. Listening to the record, it is a bit sad that it's a definitive step down from the last couple of releases. The album is pure straight-forward rock. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing. If the band was wasted during a lot of the sessions for this album, you could counter and say that the more wasted the listener is, the better this album sounds. Or something like that.

It's hard to really give a good description of this album when remeniscing. You can't really point to it and say: "That was the Aerosmith album that....." - it's just too generic. Most of the songs sound very similar to each other - even the cover of Milk Cow Blues sounds like everything else here. The one exception is the brilliant Kings and Queens that kicks off side two. Yes, if you wanted to be picky you could argue that even this song sounds a little "fuzzy", but it definitely stands out from the rest of the material it its own eerie way.

To sum it up, this is a great rock album, and a great party album. It's just not necessarily a great Aerosmith album.

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