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Done With Mirrors

Done With Mirrors

Aerosmith – Done With Mirrors – CdProof positive that the Toxic Twins should never be apart, Done with Mirrors was Aerosmith’s first album since Joe Perry returned to the band in 1985. Though it didn’t garner as much commercial success as did the follow-up Permanent Vacation, this album is in many ways truer to the heart of what Aerosmith was in their 1970s heyday. From the opening drive of “Let the Music Do the Talking” (which reuses that great riff from 1977′s “Draw the Line”), to the strong grooves of “The Reason a Dog” and “Gypsy Boots,” to the rockin’ shuffle of “The Hop,” Done with Mirrors is full of strong moments. The two best tracks on the album, though, show Aerosmith heading back to their roots: the swampy rock of “She’s On Fire” and the jive-to-drive of “Darkness,” both of which have the raw, bluesy base of the band’s best material. If nothing else, Done with Mirrors indicated that Aerosmith may have been down, but they definitely weren’t out of the running yet–something that Permanent Vacation would prove two years later. –Genevieve Williams

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3 Responses to Done With Mirrors

  • amazonian65000 says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An under the radar album that is worth reexamining, October 29, 2016
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    mmthrax (Plano, Texas) –
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    This review is from: Done With Mirrors (Audio CD)
    Another great album. I had actually forgotten about this album. Had it when it was new. Loved it. Just recently I heard someone say “Let the music do the talking”. I said to myself “I’ve heard those words before. Where?” It took a couple of days but it hit me and I bought the album again. I still like it. The Hop is a real blaster. LTMDTT starts the album off and Darkness winds it down. The tempo and dynamics go up and down in the middle. The album has lots of lyrics that stick with you too, even if they take awhile to resurface. “The reason a dog has so many friends, ’cause he wags his tail instead of his tongue.” Well, those are words to live by aren’t they?
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  • Anonymous says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Real Fat City on an Aero Delight!, January 30, 2012
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    amazonian65000 (Dee-TROY-it, MI) –
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    I’ve been an Aerosmith fan for most of my life, but like many folks I missed this one when it was originally released. Granted, I was only ten years old at the time, but I was already a rock music fan and still managed to miss this one.

    After having read “Walk This Way” the band’s autobiography with Steven Davis I decided I should check this one out. I’m a vinyl geek, so of course I had to seek out the LP.

    This was the band’s first record with the reunited original lineup following the departure of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. What immediately struck me upon first listen was the sound of the guitars. It appears as if the band went the route of many hard rock acts of the ’80′s, trading in the vintage Les Paul plugged straight into a Marshall approach for the brittle, chorusy, Floyd Rose sound of many bands of the period (’80′s KISS and Ted Nugent immediately came to mind). Unlike the later Geffen albums though, the guitars are still at the forefront of the mix, which is what I’ve always loved about the early records. It’s not until the next record when the band began emphasizing the rhythm section and the vocals over big guitars. However, the drums on this one still sound huge without shortchanging the presence of the guitars in the mix. Steven Tyler’s voice is good, it’s starting to evolve but hasn’t quite veered off into the “ACK, ACK, ACK, ACK, OWWW!” silliness of the later albums.

    That said, there are some good classic sounding tunes on this record. The opening number “Let the Music Do the Talking” is actually a remake of the title cut from the underrated first Joe Perry Project album. Having heard the original, I was initially very disappointed. Steven Tyler has completely re-written the lyrics and melody to the verses of the song, with only the chorus remaining the same as the original. Lyrically and musically this new version doesn’t measure up to the JPP version, and Joe’s slide playing just doesn’t seem to cook the way it did on the original. Once I got over these differences though, the song has begun to grow on me with repeated listens. “My Fist Your Face” rocks hard and fast, while “Shame On You” is a slower, sexier groove but just as heavy. Side one closes out with the more commercial “The Reason a Dog.” With it’s cleaner, more laid back guitars and monster drums it’s a harbinger of things to come for boys on Geffen. Side two kicks off with the sultry “Shela,” while “Gypsy Boots” chugs along nicely It’s just like a fast and furious funky freight train. My favorite number on the record would have to be the final track “The Hop.” Here’s a song which would be right at home on “Get Your Wings” or “Toys In the Attic.” It’s classic Aerosmith boogie complete with screaming Tyler harp solo.

    Overall, this album’s preferable to the later Geffen releases as it still retains the attitude of ’70′s Aerosmith in spite of the ’80′s production. I would definitely recommend it to the big time Aerosmith fan like myself who missed it the first time around. The more casual listener however, might want to stick to the compilation albums.

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  • Anonymous says:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Ok Album…, June 7, 2016
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    This review is from: Done With Mirrors (Audio CD)
    OK Album, for this album Aerosmith were getting ready to the big time….Cheap and fast delivery.
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