Building on the success of the more pop-oriented Permanent Vacation, this 1989 release banished any doubts that Aerosmith's unlikely late-'80s comeback was a fluke of nature--or merely the product of shrewd record company calculations. That Aerosmith could produce a pair of albums to rival Toys in the Attic and Rocks after a decade-and-change of decay and despair seemed all but unnatural. While Vacation's other key players (producer Bruce Fairbairn, outside songwriters Jim Vallance and Desmond Child) are still part of the mix, it's the band's familiar, tough swagger that powers this collection from the get-go. And while the Vallance-Child collaborations ("The Other Side" and the power ballad "What It Takes," respectively) were successful, it's telling that the album's twin pop-rock evergreens, "Love in an Elevator" and "Janie's Got a Gun," originated entirely within the band; the old dogs had not only learned a few new tricks, they seemed bent on tutoring their would-be trainers in the bargain. Pump is the high point of Aerosmith's improbable second chapter--and one of their best albums, period. --Jerry McCulley
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Pump Made Me An Aerosmith Fan!!
Rebecca K. Roby | 12/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had heard Aerosmith for years - back when I was in high school (I'm 45 now), and this CD made me an Aerosmith fan. All of the songs are equally worth listening to, but I would have to say the best songs in my opinion on this CDare by far "Monkey On My Back," "Hoodoo/Medicine Man," with some very good instrumental mixed in ("The Otherside"). This CD (and "Permanent Vacation") has shown that Aerosmith is a very versatile rock group, which is no wonder why they have lasted this long!! If you are an Aerosmith fan, you will not be disappointed!!"
J. Dumler | Atlanta | 02/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"By the late 1980s, rock and roll was all about putting on a cutting-edge, exciting display of powerful guitar, drum, bass and vocals. By 1989, the third time back in the studio of the original lineup of Aerosmith (Steven Tyler- Vocals Keyboards and Harmonica, Joe Perry- Guitar, Brad Whitford- Guitar, Tom Hamilton- Bass, and Joey Kramer- Drums) proved to be the true charm for Aerosmith, and they cranked out a real rocker headed for a hall of fame.
PUMP is the second peak of the band's career (after their commercial plunge in the early 1980's due to declining record sales and inner group turmoil) It builds upon their catchy music that brought new fans who enjoyed 1987's Permanent Vacation, and ties the classy new co-writing team of Desmond Child and Jim Vallance who helped out on several tracks on PUMP to Perry and Tyler's hard-cutting edge and sleazy, slick lyrics that earned Aerosmith immense popularity on their 1970's albums.
Most of the tracks here are so well constructed that at a first glance, the casual listener won't really skip any tracks on the first go. There have been several radio singles to have come from this album, the slick "Love in an Elevator", the catchy "Janie's Got a Gun" (A Grammy Winner), the rocker "The Other Side", and my personal favorite, the closing ballad, "What It Takes".
"Young Lust" opens as a hard hitting fast-paced rocker that will pretty much define the superiority of the record on its own. My favorite part is at the conclusion where Kramer goes on a 30-Second drumming spree that leads into the secondary rocker "F.I.N.E.". The Fun doesn't end there. If you're not at least grinning by now, then this isn't your record. "Monkey On My Back" is a bouncy number that feels ahead of its time. (It also has been featured in several car commercials). "My Girl", and "Don't Get Mad, Get Even" are both excellent tracks. "Voodoo Medicine Man" happens to be one of the most unique and interesting tracks on the CD but will definetly grow on any Aerosmith listener.
Another interesting thing to note is that there are often bookmark songs and skits on this CD that separate songs, for added touches. These are definetly unique to this specific CD. The most impressive of these cuts is "Dulcimer Stomp" which plays immediately before "The Other Side" on Track 6.
I would recommend PUMP as a CD for just about anybody. I have not found many CDs to equal its integrity or to match the impression it has left on me. If there are any fans of Late 1980's hard rock (G'N'R Fans would certainly enjoy this CD) or even hair fans (should they still exist), or if you come from the 90's and would like to know what a truly amazing 80's rock record is, look no further.
"Pump" showcases Aerosmith at their very best in the 1980's. The album compliments many artists who were growing in popularity in the late 80's and early 90's and stands well amongst them. The record has many lasting hits and is arguably the best album of Aerosmith's second coming. If you purchase any record from the later half of the band's career, this one will make a fine choice.
Aerosmith: "Pump" (A)"