February 13, 1978 12:00 PM

Aerosmith

Along with Kiss, Aerosmith is one of the country’s most commercial heavy-duty rock groups, with four straight million-sellers. This latest LP falls short of their best work, although some cuts (Critical Mass, Get It Up) fully define leader Steve Tyler’s real, raw power. These recall the band’s rumbling-thunder feel that worked so well on earlier songs like Sweet Emotion and Toys in the Attic. On other cuts, the production is strident, clichéd and clamorous. Even at its worst, though, Aerosmith is passably pulverizing.

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