Q - 4/01, p.925 stars out of 5
- "...Aerosmith stay clean and conquer the world. Cover shot of 2 trucks copulating still indicative of silly, sleazy sounds within. Pregnant with hits: 'Love In An Elevator', 'Janie's Got A Gun', 'The Other Side'."
Aerosmith: Steven Tyler (vocals, harmoncia, keyboards); Joe Perry (guitar, background vocals); Brad Whitford (guitar); Tom Hamilton (bass, background vocals); Joey Kramer (drums).
Additional personnel: Catherine Epps (spoken vocals); John Webster (keyboards); Bob Dowd (background vocals).
The Margarita Horns: Tom Keenlyside, Ian Putz, Henry Christian, Bruce Fairbairn.
Recorded at Little Mountain Studios, Vancouver, Canada.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Aerosmith surprised everyone when their 1987 album, PERMANENT VACATION, was a success, coming as it did after several releases that had done nothing but verify the belief that the band had peaked a decade earlier. PUMP (1989) followed its radio-friendly predecessor and proved the Boston quintet's comeback was no fluke. Hits like "Love in an Elevator" and "Janie's Got a Gun" were ubiquitous on MTV and radio at the time, while the album in its entirety had enough substance to warrant repeated listens. "What it Takes" closes the album and finds the band showing off their deft power-ballad abilities, while carefully straddling the line of cheese without ever succumbing to it. Aerosmith would sustain their commercial success with the subsequent GET A GRIP, but it would not contain the same balance of artistic and populist intent that puts PUMP amongst their best records.