Artist: "Aerosmith"
Album: "Toys In The Attic"
Genre: Rock
Label: Sony

Reviewer: Max Burbank
Posted: 7/7/2009

Review: This was my #1 favorite album by my #1 favorite band from ages 13 – 18, and it’s still a damn fine listen. The band, which is performing the entire album on its nationwide tour this year, seems to agree. If the only cut on the album was “Walk This Way”, it would still deserve a spot in the best albums list, due to that song being one of the best damn songs in Rock n’ Roll. There’s two more big hits, “Sweet Emotion” and the album's title track “Toys in the Attic”, either one of which could club the shit out of any so-called rock song on the charts today. “Big Ten Inch (record)” was the height of hilarity to me and the boys in our youth and I suppose it’s blunt innuendo is a little less funny to a grown man, but only a little. It’s just so damn joyous. “Uncle Salty” with it’s ever so quiet opening clarinet solo and “You see me crying” provide the albums few subtleties, but really that’s just sauce for a connoisseur, as this album is pretty much just about sex and blues.

On a personal note, I once listened to this album while skateboarding the basement hallways of a beach house (mansion, really) in Prides Crossing Massachusetts owned by some of the oldest money in New England. How that came to happening is an interesting story I bet, but its for another time. The point is, this excellent album had a way of getting memory soaked for every yard ape of my generation with two brain cells to slam together. Only very good music and very bad does that which is why I still can’t hear “Billy Don’t Be a Hero” without tearing up a little right before going on a homicidal rage spree. You can get this fine album for about eight bucks from any of you finer music emporiums, so if your copy is long gone, replace it. And if by chance you’ve never hear it, shame on you. Make amends at your earliest opportunity.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Jul 7th, 2009, 12:21 AM
Draw The Line was my favorite, but Toys In The Attic was always played right after it.
Jul 7th, 2009, 01:10 AM
Shame on me indeed, Max. I've never listened to this album and, if it has been awarded five pickles, then it must be something worth listening.
Jul 7th, 2009, 07:59 PM
Aerosmith? Areosmith?!
Forum Virgin
Jul 8th, 2009, 02:27 PM
either one of which could club the shit out of any so-called rock song on the charts today.
Forgets Passwords Easily
Jul 8th, 2009, 06:09 PM
I'm seeing Aerosmith August 19th with ZZ Top. Gonna be awesome. I've always felt for some reason that Aerosmith just screams "SUMMER WOO YEAH" so while I listen to them whenever they're on the radio in the other seasons, I play them a lot in these carefree summer days.
Forum Virgin
Jul 10th, 2009, 04:04 PM
'You See Me Cryin...' No one does a sad song like Aerosmith. My dad had this on vinyl, and I found it many years ago when I was thirteen or fourteen. I dragged out the old turntable and fought with the ancient speakers with bare wire showing until I got it to work. It changed my life. That record is now in my personal collection, as my dad can't very well cram vinyl into the cd player in his car. Thanks, Dad, for embracing modern technology and letting me have your castaway awesome.
Jul 10th, 2009, 11:15 PM
Love this album. Aerosmith was the first band I was a fan of in my teens. Nowadays I'd rather put on Get Your Wings or Rocks.