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Pump

Aerosmith

1989

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Pump
Album Summary

Pump is the tenth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith. It was released on September 12, 1989, by Geffen Records. The album peaked at No. 5 on the US charts, and was certified septuple platinum by the RIAA in 1995.The album contains the hit singles "Love in an Elevator", "The Other Side", "What It Takes", "Janie's Got a Gun", which all entered the Top 40 of the Hot 100. It also has certified sales of seven million copies in the U.S. to date, and is tied with its successor Get a Grip as Aerosmith's second best-selling studio album in the U.S. (Toys in the Attic leads with nine million). It produced a variety of successes and "firsts" for the band including their first Grammy Award ("Janie's Got a Gun"). "Love in an Elevator" became the first Aerosmith song to hit number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album was the fourth best-selling album of the year 1990.In the UK, it was the second Aerosmith album to be certified Silver (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in September 1989. Pump was the second of three sequentially recorded Aerosmith albums to feature producer Bruce Fairbairn and engineers Mike Fraser and Ken Lomas at Little Mountain Sound Studios. A video documentary on the recording, The Making of Pump, was released in 1990.

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3.12

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Genres

  • Hard Rock

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Tue Nov 30 2021
2

Maybe I have shitty taste... No, it's the album list that is wrong.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
2

I kind of hate this Hard Rock Cafe shit. It just always seems to lack authenticity. I know that this was sort of a second coming for Aerosmith and they were rock n roll in the 70s🤘🤘🤘🤘, and well done from them for coming back from the abyss, but it on the surface it all seems very cliché. Like someone has thrown up a cocktail of leather, big hair, motorcycles, Jack Daniels and guitar solos. About as cool as the Hell's Angels with all the edges polished. Having said that, this was actually alright musically. Energetic and pulsating at times, but whimsical and tongue in cheek in moments. Maybe they are completely aware that they're this caricature, uber glam rock behemoth and are happy to live up to it, without believing it themselves....but then again, maybe they aren't and believe they are bodafide rock gods here to save us all from a grey, lifeless world. I haven't quite decided.

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Fri Oct 16 2020
1

Awful lyrics, completely dated sound, no place on any greatest albums of all time list

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Tue Jul 05 2022
2

everything is about sex???? wheres the math? wheres the physics? Take me home mom, I'm scared.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
1

Over polished, derivative, boring. Work-shopped and honed within an inch of its life. Cliche ridden. I've seen this described as one of the high points of 80s hair metal. And that is damning with very faint praise. I never want o hear this corporate rock drivel again as long as I live.

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Fri Mar 24 2023
1

Aerosmith is quite possibly the worst band on this list. I can't believe that I received a second Aerosmith album, and neither of which are their most well known album, which makes me think there is at least a third. Just incredible.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Even the ballard is decent. Its got its hit that you all know, but most of the songs are energetic, musically interesting and Steven Tylers lyrics are either really funny or horrifying. Only reason it couldnt get 5/5 is I cant really see how this album had an impact on music in general or influenced/changed anything. I did read this was the only album that every member of Aerosmith was sober for, and I could definitely see that. Prolly one of their top 2 albums

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Wed Mar 08 2023
5

I love how someone has gone through the reviews here and upvoted all the anti-hair metal sentiment he could find. "oh it's just so INAUTHENTIC I can't stand it!" ha ha ha. I rub my nipples at your frustration. This album rules. Big fucking dumb songs about cliche hair metal topics. Aerosmith might have been playing catch up at this point after a bunch of bands that were influenced by them, but to come around and make one of the best hair metal albums in their 40s? I'm guessing they were in their 40s by this point. And STILL carrying on like horny teenagers? Fuck yeah. The whole thing pretty much smokes from start to finish. This book needs more albums that actually deserve to be in it. Albums like Pump. 5/5.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Super cool album. Has real identity. Unbridled masculine rock and roll, but presented in a fun way. Surprisingly listenable

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Mon May 08 2023
2

You can see why we needed grunge to come along at this time. I remember this album being huge off the back of the ‘Janie’s Got A Gun’ film clip which was everywhere at the time, and although i was probably the target demographic at the time (15-16 yo white adolescent) it really wasn’t my thing then and not really my thing now. That said, apart from the occasional Spinal Tap moment (that spoken intro to ‘Love in an Elevator’…cringe) and losing track of how many instruments they threw at this ( I think I started losing track or was going nuts when I started hearing didgeridoo and piano accordion…) I didn’t mind this album for what it was. As long as you don’t listen to the puerile lyrics too closely (did I really hear “Masturbating with a goose” on one track?) at least it is all over quickly, and they do have a bit of Led Zep power blues about them that makes this more enjoyable than some of the worse Hair Metal crimes of the 80’s, and in Aerosmith’s favour they did do quite a good turn in Wayne’s World 2….

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Fri Mar 01 2024
2

Hey, it’s Aerosmith, the band who never met an innuendo they didn’t like! When I was 13 in 1994, I used to think that I liked Aerosmith. I realized pretty quickly, though, that I really just liked that video with Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler. In retrospect, that video, like making love in an elevator, is weird on so many levels. Yes, I stole that joke. No, I don’t feel bad about it. Weirdly, I didn’t completely hate this album. I mean, most of it is really bad, but there were moments where I was like, “You know what? This album isn’t so bad…” Those moments were almost immediately dashed away by some of the most god awful blues-based butt rock ever committed to tape. Two stars, one for each of the pickup trucks fucking on the cover of this record.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

This is an impressive piece of work by the standards I have for Aerosmith. It might be a memory blip, but I don't think I had heard any of these songs before; Yet almost all of them had great pop potential. The exceptions are most obviously the instrumental interludes, but I enjoyed those as exhibits of as much of a concept as the album has. The integration of American folk stylings was great, if a bit inconsistent. As always, I'm a sucker for strings. And, when it comes to glam, unapologetic sleaze.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Not a huge fan of Aerosmith and their brand of classic rock, but this album is a great example of it. Very listenable and list worthy.

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Sun Apr 07 2024
2

I tried to make love in an elevator once. It was far more difficult than Aerosmith make out. Maybe you aren’t supposed to do it in the lift of a 2 floor Marks and Sparks but you haven’t even got your pants down before you’re interrupted by an old person with mobility issues - Aerosmith really need to be more clear about how this works. 2.2

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Dude - finally! I was just saying that we needed some Aerosmith on this list! So I came late to the Aerosmith party - back in the late 80s when this album came out, Aerosmith was "hood" music - you know, the kids with the jean jackets full of patches with long hair who frequented the school's smoking section during lunch. Basically Eddie from Stranger Things. The rest of us "preppy" kids (maybe??) were all about the C&C, some Cathy Dennis (I think this is the second time I've referenced her in a review), or whatever the latest Michael W. Smith "Saddam Hussein" remix was (remember those? Super patriotic Gulf War remixes that filled local radio? There was even a Bette Midler "From a Distance" version)...I knew some of their stuff, of course, but would never have considered myself a fan. But here's the thing - other than some weird sexist themes that were par for the course for music from this time - this stuff doesn't age! It's its own genre. Unlike most genres, where it's relatively easy to pin down a time frame (REM could ONLY be late 80s/early 90s; Boston could ONLY be mid-late 70s; Cathy Dennis (again!) could only be 1990/1991), but not Aerosmith. No siree. Early 80s? Late 80's? I don't want to miss a thing? Just Aerosmith. I loved this whole album - some tunes more than others, of course - but it's all 100% pure Aerosmith. Makes me want to go to Hollywood Studios and get launched into some Rockin' Rollercoaster awesomeness...

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

En plena segona época daurada de la banda es treuen de la màniga un dels seus millors discos, amb algunes de les seves millors cançons, com 'Love in an Elevator' (al seu moment pensàvem que era un clàssic dels '70 d'ells!), 'Janie's Got a Gun', 'What It Takes'... se'ls nota amb un plus d'energia i savoir faire que els situava un cap per sobre de la nova generació de bandes metaleres del moment

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Wed Feb 10 2021
1

This album from one of the worst bands in rock n' roll history sucks harder than even their earliest shit, which is just absolute trash.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
1

Do people actually listen to this weird ultra-cheesy strain of rock music? I lost braincells whilst listening to this.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
1

I can think of 1001 other albums that are better than this

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Mon Aug 01 2022
1

Terrible! Worst album yet, Love in an Elevator top 10 worst songs of all time?!?!

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Thu Aug 11 2022
1

My ex wife once had her stool sample analysed and the odour was described as "offensive". This album reminded me of that, and I would almost have rather spent the 47 minutes smelling her turd than listening to this one.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
1

God, this is fucking awful. Why is it on the list? Aerosmith must be the most overrated band of all time. Nothing original about them, didn't break any new ground, wrote a few decent songs over the course of 50 years and the rest is a bunch of crap. There's a song on this album called Dulcimer Stomp? What do they think they are, Led Zeppelin? The best thing about this album is the one minute hidden track at the very end that they didn't even write or perform. And don't get me started on Steven Tyler's stupid face. The only good thing he did was to produce Liv Tyler, and he didn't even own up to that. 1 star.

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Thu Dec 22 2022
1

i quit early on this one. didn't like it at all

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Thu Dec 22 2022
1

band should have died with the 70s

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Tue Mar 28 2023
1

history will look poorly upon aerosmith. they did nothing for rock

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Fri Mar 31 2023
1

I am sick as a dog today and don't want to listen to Steven Tyler sing about fucking broads. Don't Get Mad, Get Even showcases that the only lyrics this band is capable of making are cliches.

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Mon May 08 2023
1

Over polished, derivative, boring. Work-shopped and honed within an inch of its life. Cliche ridden. I've seen this described as one of the high points of 80s hair metal. And that is damning with very faint praise. I never want to hear this corporate rock drivel again as long as I live.

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Wed Jul 05 2023
1

Boring, cliche, annoying. Such over-polished, empty shit. Who is this music for?? What the fuck is its purpose? Surely no-one involved in this project enjoyed making it. 1/5

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Fri Jan 12 2024
1

Does having Aerosmith on the list negate the rest of the list? Possibly I can’t believe someone truly thought Love in an elevator was something I absolutely needed to hear before I died. They really couldn’t come up with 1000 albums without including Aerosmith!? I will never understand how anyone can enjoy this band, let alone subject other people to their garbage. If I could rate this zero stars I would. I did not and will not listen to it. I’ve heard enough Aerosmith for one lifetime, and enough Aerosmith in this instance is any Aerosmith.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

I adore Aerosmith, they are probably my favorite classic rock band. Steven Tyler is such a G. This albums got a few hits. My favorite has to be Going Down/ Love In An Elevator.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

So many gems in that album. Loved the re-listen. Definitely from my youth.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

Stone cold classic - had me grinning ear to ear as hadn’t listened right through in years and won’t leave it as long in the future

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

80s rock executed to perfection , brilliant songs ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous in terms of subject but leaves me grinning ear to ear and singing along without fail and hey isn’t that what it’s supposed to do

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

I couldn’t help but love this album! It’s like Aerosmith was challenged to write the greatest 80s inspired rock album and they said “hold my beer”. They take all of the best parts of 80s rock and incorporate it with their own vibe to make an incredibly varied and enjoyable album.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Aerosmith is one of the best. Don't think they have a song I won't listen to.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

Great rockanroll album. Too much energy

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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

Great rock album with massive radio songs, but not without some criticism for their loss of some credibility for turning to pop to resurrect their career.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

Great album, takes me back to the 90s

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Aerosmith was my first favorite rock band and the nostalgia here is overwhelming. Did not know what FINE stood for until I read this article but makes more sense now as an adult. Love so many of these songs.

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Mon May 02 2022
5

I knew and really liked several songs off this album. “F.I.N.E.” and “The Other Side” came to my attention several years ago on the Aerosmith Rockin’ Roller Coaster at Disney World. I love both - how unexpectedly cool is “The Dulcimer Stomp”?! - but “F.I.N.E” instantly became one of my favorites and is maybe my favorite on the album. “Going Down/Love In An Elevator” was a song you couldn’t miss from my college days. It still sounds as good as ever. And “Water Song/Janie’s Got a Gun” is such a classic! Really love this song. “What it Takes” rounds out the songs that I went in knowing. It’s great as well. As for the tracks that were new to me, “Young Lust” is really great Aerosmith. What an album opener! “Monkey On My Back” features some incredible groaning and screaming from Steven Tyler. I love this song. “My Girl” is a ton of fun. I love that after dulcimers they pulled out the didgeridoos for “Don’t Get Mad, Get Even”. Really appreciate these unique touches. “Hoodoo/Voodoo” keep the quality high on this album. This is such a great Aerosmith album. Filled with double-entendre (or single entendre) shenanigans that Aerosmith can do and still be totally endearing. Even though I’m 30 years late to this party it’s still rockin’ hard!

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Mon May 02 2022
5

I had this on cassette, I think. It was super fun to listen again after so many years and hear timeless lyrics like, "Even the Tipper thinks I'm all right." Super. Fun.

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Mon May 02 2022
5

This Aerosmith of the late 80s is the Aerosmith that I became a fan of (in the late 80s). So, for me, this is Aerosmith...and I love it!

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

El mejor de Aerosmith, bastante energético.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

The album cuts are almost as good as the hits.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Listening to this album after listening to and reviewing several other rock albums through this site has given me new appreciation for Aerosmith. I never really noticed how polished their sound is; it feels like every riff and backup vocal is done with purposeful precision. I also find the amount of layered vocals and almost rock opera-like key changes pleasantly surprising for the type of rock band Aerosmith is. Sure, a couple tracks aren't as great as the rest, but overall, this is a beautiful collection.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Todo un discazo de rock desde el inicio hasta el final. Con temas muy reconocidos y con gran pegada

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

-"Young Lust" is homonymous with "Young Lust" by Pink Floyd. Also is is a super catchy, upbeat song to kick off the album -Intro to "F.I.N.E." almost sounds like heavy metal -I appreciate the dumb pun of "Going Down/Love In An Elevator -"My Girl" is another high-intensity track -The intro to "Don't Get Mad, Get Even" is a great thumping rhythm -Low voice jam at the end of "Hoodoo/Voodoo Medicine Man" is very cool -A lot of songs with slashes in the titles -Great album with solid, catchy tracks, only two songs I didn't like super enjoy ("Water Song/Jamie's Got A Gun" and "What It Takes"). Probably a lower 5 but it is certainly way stronger than lots of 4's so I will give it the 5 stars

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

A juggernaut of an album with some of my all-time favorites.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Classic album, classic cover. Right up there with my other favorite Aerosmith album, "Get a Grip." "Love in an Elevator," "Janie's Got a Gun," "The Other Side," and "What It Takes" are all greatest hits material—which is why they're all on "Big Ones."

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

This album has tons of energy right from the first second of the first track. Lots of known hits, including "What it Takes", "Love in an Elevator", and "Janie's Got a Gun". "Young Lust" and "F.I.N.E." were nice surprises; love Aerosmith. 9/10.

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Mon Jan 09 2023
5

What an awesome album. Aerosmith tend to be hit or miss for me, but pretty much all of these songs were hits. I couldn't get enough of it. Favorite track: F.I.N.E.

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Fri Jan 13 2023
5

One of the first CDs I owned was the Armageddon soundtrack my parents got me for Christmas. I hadn’t even seen the movie. The album was mostly Aerosmith or Aerosmith adjacent bands. Honestly didn’t expect this album to come up but it makes sense. This has all their second wave big hits. I will say though listening to this album in the head of January winter makes no sense. This is made for June driving.

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Tue May 09 2023
5

There was a time when Aerosmith was famous for rock songs, not ballads.

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Sun Jun 25 2023
5

One of the all time great albums.

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Thu Aug 10 2023
5

This album fucking rules. Very, very heavy instrumentals that pair with Tyler's voice perfectly. They do a much better job than expected incorporating different feels to their music as well. Definite rotation album. Favorite tracks: F.I.N.E., Dulcimer Stomp / The Other Side

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Sun Dec 17 2023
5

Album 260 of 1001 Aerosmith - Pump Rating : / 5 LEAST Favorite Track :

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Mon Jan 15 2024
5

One of my favorite Aerosmith albums. Really enjoyed hearing it in its entirety again.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

Aerosmith, with their more 'refined' sound of the late '80s. Layers upon layers of instrumentation (i.e., Love in an Elevator) plus that classic voice. And really, there are so many hits on this album it is like a greatest hits collection. If I were to pick a 'pop rock' album that defined this time period, this is it!

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

Heard it a bunch of times on the radio and so I’m basically sick of these songs, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good. Glad to have listened to the whole album.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

Fun rockin 80s hair metal from great 70s rockers Aerosmith. Can see why this album solidified their comeback. Pretty awesome effort given they were in their 40s

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

Every song is a toe tapper. Like this very much

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Sun Jan 21 2024
5

continuing on our metal kick, yet ANOTHER hall-of-famer group! gosh... while last night's listen, i grew a mohawk, tonight it's swapped with a lush and volumized blonde set of hair. despite the big glam rock energy that persists throughout, the blues influence also has a heavy positive factor in making this album memorable. steven tyler's energetic voice is just the icing on the cake, and some of the lyrics dive a bit into heavy material that's worth civil discussion.

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Tue Jan 30 2024
5

damn, pump is a really good album by aerosmith. i'm not sure where it stands in comparison to their other albums, but i found it thoroughly enjoyable. the songs were lots of fun! the lyrics were clever, and though there's some misogyny/objectification happening in "love in an elevator," i can't help but love all the clever lines. steven tyler, of course, came to the album with his signature vocals. pump is pure hard rock and shows aerosmith on point. if i'm being persnickety, i'd say this album is a 4.5, but i enjoyed it so much that it should be a 5.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
5

Fun and energetic. Fave Songs 'What it Takes' and 'Love in an Elevator' 5/5

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Mon Feb 19 2024
5

There goes my old girlfriend There's another diamond ring And all those late night promises I guess they don't mean a thing So baby, what's the story? Did you find another man? Is it easy to sleep in the bed that we made? When you don't look back I guess the feelings start to fade away I used to feel your fire But now it's cold inside And you're back on the street Like you didn't miss a beat, yeah! Tell me what it takes to let you go Tell me how the pain's supposed to go Tell me how it is that you can sleep in the night Without thinking you lost everything that was Good in your life to the toss of the dice? Tell me what it takes to let you go Great album. 5/5

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

Loved this album since the day it was released. I still have "Love in an Elevator" set for my alarm every day since the song came out. Every song has excellence built in and you can tell that the band took every song seriously on this. As good as "Get a Grip" was, I thought it was a letdown compared to this masterpiece.

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Fri Apr 19 2024
5

What a great album. I haven't listened to this in a while, so it was great to come back to it a revisit. Definitely worth checking out. Fun songs and Steven Tyler's vocal delivery is top notch.

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Sun May 05 2024
5

Another one of the goats . Saw them live on this tour.

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Sun May 19 2024
5

Wow! First off, love in an elevator is probably my favourite Aerosmith song - so it was already off to a good start Each song was as good as the next! Janie's got a gun - also a classic tune that I love 5 ⭐️

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

1/12 Great Rock album. Standout Tracks: F.I.N.E., Going Down / Love In An Elevator, Water Song / Jamie’s Got A Gun, My Girl

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Better than expected - good record.

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