Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic

AMG review: After nearly getting off the ground with Get Your Wings, Aerosmith finally perfected their mix of Stonesy raunch and Zeppelin-esque riffing with their third album, Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic. The success of the album derives from a combination of an increased sense of songwriting skills and purpose. Not only does Joe Perry turn out indelible riffs like “Walk This Way,” “Toys in the Attic,” and “Sweet Emotion,” but Steven Tyler has fully embraced sleaziness as his artistic muse. Taking his cue from the old dirty blues “Big Ten Inch Record,” Tyler writes with a gleeful impishness about sex throughout Toys in the Attic, whether it’s the teenage heavy petting of “Walk This Way,” the promiscuous “Sweet Emotion,” or the double-entendres of “Uncle Salty” and “Adam’s Apple.” The rest of Aerosmith, led by Perry’s dirty, exaggerated riffing, provide an appropriately greasy backing. Before Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic, no other hard rock band sounded like this. Sure, Aerosmith cribbed heavily from the records of the Rolling Stones, New York Dolls, and Led Zeppelin, but they didn’t have any of the menace of their influences, nor any of their mystique. Aerosmith was a gritty, street-wise hard rock band who played their blues as blooze and were in it for a good time; Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic crystallizes that attitude. –by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

 

Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic Tracklist

  1. Toys in the Attic – 3:02 
  2. Uncle Salty – 4:07 
  3. Adam’s Apple – 4:34 
  4. Walk This Way – 3:30 
  5. Big Ten-Inch Record – 2:12 
  6. Sweet Emotion – 5:06 
  7. No More No More – 4:34 
  8. Round and Round – 5:03 
  9. You See Me Crying – 5:11  

Steven Tyler – vocals, harmonica, percussion, piano on “You See Me Crying”
Joe Perry – lead guitar, backing vocals, talkbox on “Sweet Emotion”
Tom Hamilton – bass, rhythm guitar on “Uncle Salty”
Joey Kramer – drums, percussion
Brad Whitford – rhythm guitar, lead guitar on “Round and Round” and “You See Me Crying”

 

Chart (1975) Peak position
US Billboard 200[8] 11
Canada RPM 100 Albums[15] 7

Aerosmith - Toys In The Attic

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