- Released: February 1, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Q - 4/01, p.923 stars out of 5
- "...Aerosmith's 'drugs' album. No one in the band remembers making it, but no where near as bad as people make out."
- 1.Draw The Line
- 2.I Wanna Know Why
- 3.Critical Mass
- 4.Get It Up
- 5.Bright Light Fright
- 6.Kings And Queens
- 7.The Hand That Feeds
- 8.Sight For Sore Eyes
- 9.Milk Cow Blues
This reissue includes new deluxe packaging with original release liner notes, photos, and artwork.
Aerosmith: Steven Tyler (vocals, piano); Joe Perry (guitar, background vocals); Brad Whitford (guitar); Tom Hamilton (bass); Joey Kramer (drums).
Additional personnel: Paul Prestopino (banjo); Stan Bronstein (saxophone); Scott Cushnie (piano); Karen Lawrence (background vocals).
Recorded at The Cenacle, Aromnk, New York and The Record Plant, New York.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Aerosmith's fifth album was released at a time when the band was at the height of its '70s fame (hence the Al Hirschfeld-penned caricature on the album cover) and caught in an exhausting album-tour-album cycle made worse by intense personal problems within the band. Despite this chaos, the boys from Beantown rebounded with a record that contained songs thick in the usual sexual innuendo ("Get It Up"), a resurrected blues cover from the pre-Aerosmith days (Kokomo Arnold's "Milk Cow Blues"), and some of Joe Perry's finest slide guitar playing ("Draw the Line"). Another Perry highlight is "Bright Light Fright," a jagged number penned and sung by the guitarist that was inspired by the reckless energy of the Sex Pistols.
The bulk of DRAW THE LINE finds Aerosmith maintaining its trademark hard-rock swagger on powerful numbers like the incendiary shuffle "Sight for Sore Eyes," the sweeping "Kings and Queens," and "Critical Mass," a harp-driven nugget overflowing with backwards-masked guitar.