Aerosmith have lost it. Where once Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and the rest could be counted on for at least a couple of raunchy corkers per album, they're now exclusively peddling the bloated, corporate-approved Big Rock Songs favoured by directors of vacuous Hollywood blockbusters and adventurous 30-somethings who listen to The Mix. That the Toxic Twins self-produced for the first time is telling -- clearly, someone was needed to suggest that in today's climate, rhyming various phrases with "Fucking A" wouldn't earn Aerosmith the coveted parental advisory sticker they doubtless hoped for. Embarrassing.
AEROSMITH Just Push Play (Sony) Rating: N