CHECKMATE-DRAW THE LINE
MRT | 12/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I hear all of the bad reviews for "Draw the Line" I completely diasagree with them. The title track is pure hard rock with an attitude and great guitar by Perry. "Kings and Queens" is brilliant and is also one of my favorite Aerosmith songs .Their remake of "Milk Cow Blues" is fantastic cover. Other songs like "Critical Mass" and "Sight for Sore Eyes" are great songs with Steve Tyler's voice screechin' through it all (except for Joe Perry's first vocal appearance in "Bright Light Fright" which isn't bad at all). The only song that sticks out as only "o.k." happens to be "The Hand that Feeds," but 8 out of 9 sure isn't bad. "Draw the Line" might not have been ground-breaking like the two Aerosmith albums before this, but it sure is entertaining!!"
Awesome hard rock
B. E Jackson | Pennsylvania | 07/26/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Draw the Line is *clearly* the most underrated album Aerosmith ever made. This is because every single moment of this album is nothing short of fantastic. It's fantastic because the songwriting is JUST as good as it was on Rocks. I can't believe more people don't agree with me! The drugs did NOT get the best of the band members just yet!
The title song is based around a really dirty and melodic guitar riff, and "Critical Mass" goes through numerous vocal melodies, great guitar soloing AND some splendid bluesy harmonica work. I love the way Steven Tyler sings along to the chugging rhythm section. Clearly one of the best songs in Aerosmith's long and legendary career.
"I Wanna Know Why" is based around a REALLY good verse melody *and* chorus. The best of both worlds. These three songs ALONE would be enough to call Draw the Line totally underrated, but get this- there's several more quality tunes as well.
"Get It Up" has a weird chorus and I wouldn't disagree with anyone who believes the song is constructed awkwardly, but the verse melody once again blows me away.
Honestly, this albums strongest point is, believe it or not, the verse melodies. Every single one of them floors me.
"The Hand that Feeds" sounds like a possible attempt at recreating "Walk This Way". I love it even MORE than that classic track, though. Maybe it's just me, but the guitar riff in "Sight for Sore Eyes" sounds *extremely* heavy. Almost like grunge rock. Maybe the only time on the entire album where I prefer the chorus over the verse melody.
I never understood all the comparisons to the Rolling Stones people continue to make (because Aerosmith is just a hard rock/blues rock band, whereas the Rolling Stones are significantly more diverse) but I can almost see how someone would compare "Milk Cow Blues" to a Stones song. At least, this song wouldn't be totally out of place on their legendary classic Exile on Main Street. Dirty rockin' blues. Gotta love it. "Bright Light Fright" reminds me of the Who for some reason, perhaps something John Entwistle would have wrote.
I'm not a big fan of "Kings and Queens", but it's alright. It sounds like another attempt at giving us a psychedelic sounding "Dream On" and it works *somewhat* I guess. I completely realize most people love it though.
Overall, YES! Draw the Line is on the *exact same level* of quality as Rocks. A must own album this one is."