Steven Tyler’s new album is ‘We’re All Somebody from Somewhere.’ The legendary Aerosmith frontman makes his first foray into country music with this, his debut solo album and the critics are weighing in. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
Yes, it’s a double first. In all the years with Aerosmith, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon Steven Tyler had not released a solo album until now. And he’s gone country. That’s been the big headline. What does it mean when a rock god embraces country music.
In Steven Tyler’s case it’s been an all-in project from the start. He co-wrote 12 of the 15 songs on ‘We’re All Somebody from Somewhere.’ His devotion to Nashville is so fervent that he relocated to the city. He worked with some of the biggest hit-maker producers in country music including T Bone Burnett, Dann Huff, Jaren Johnston and Marti Frederikson. Same goes for noted songwriters, including Rhett Akins, Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsay, and the Warren Brothers.
As Rolling Stone reports, he initially told reporters, “There’s something so magical about this town and me writing with all these people.” And as for what he himself brought to the project, he said, “Country music still plays stuff with melody, I have a sorcerer’s grasp of melody, I like to think.”
Earlier this year, during his appearance on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ he spoke of his Music City foray, saying, “Country music is the new rock ‘n’ roll. It’s not just about porches, dogs and kicking your boots up. It’s a whole lot more. It’s about being real.”
Curiosity has been at an all-time high as ‘We’re All Somebody from Somewhere’ is now finally released in full, nearly a year after Tyler’s country music debut single, ‘Love Is Your Name.’ As he tours in support of the new album on the candidly titled ‘Out on a Limb Tour’ the critics are having their say about his new album.
Here’s what the critics are saying.
“….Whatever the flavour, this is real music telling real stories that sweep you up and takes you along on a travelling journey from New York to Louisiana, from heart break to wonder at falling in love…..” — The Arts Desk
“….Tyler put in a lot of hard work and dedication in on this album, and the resulting factor is one of the top albums by a male vocalist this year so far from Nashville…..” — Sounds Like Nashville
“….It would be easy to dismiss Steven Tyler’s first solo album as a frivolous exercise by a past-his-prime, attention-seeking celebrity. But, it turns out, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere isn’t only sporadically enjoyable, but also worthy of serious appraisal. ….” — Slant Magazine
Check back for more reviews as they arrive. And in the meantime, check out Steven Tyler’s ‘We’re All Somebody from Somewhere’ album cover art and music videos below.
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