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Aerosmith: Pump

Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, November 1989

IF ANY CRITIC ever cut Aerosmith slack during their halcyon days in the ‘70s, I never saw evidence of it. Steven Tyler seemed no more than an artificially induced Mick Jagger, a distorted mirror's image with poutier, gravity-deflected lips and an even more cartoonish stage appearance. The whole group was deemed low-brow and sleazy and they went unnoticed and unloved by all except the millions of fans who knew a good riff when they heard one.

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