• Sun. Mar 3rd, 2024

For over 40 years, Steven Tallarico, better known to the world as Steven Tyler, has been standing as one of the most popular and successful rock frontmen of all time. To this day, Tyler remains an iconic figure in the pop/rock world….

….and not long ago, he surprised his fans by announcing that he would be releasing a country album!

As much a fan as I am of the “classic” Aerosmith material, I will not deny that my opinion of the band declined largely in recent years, largely due to their lackluster 2012 effort, Music from Another Dimension!, which featured countless generic ballads and very little that had any staying power amidst their extensive back catalogue. While I too was surprised by the decision for Steven Tyler to “go country” as a number of other rock artists had, it did not stop me from deciding to give it a listen when the time came.

We’re All Somebody from Somewhere is the first solo album from Steven Tyler, and one that was certainly looked at by the fans with a sense of skepticism and animosity before it was even released. How does the end result fare?

 

We're All Somebody from Somewhere is the first solo album from Steven Tyler.
We’re All Somebody from Somewhere is the first solo album from Steven Tyler.

 

I was as doubtful as to how this album would turn out as a good many people certainly were, but after having given it a listen, I can safely say that the end result is not bad at all. The record is not a masterpiece, but people should not simply write it off because it is the “Steven Tyler country album.” This is a musically diverse and powerful album that is certainly more listenable and interesting than the most recent Aerosmith album.

There is no denying Steven Tyler has a distinctive voice, and even as he is pushing 70, it sounds as musically powerful as ever, which helps to set these recordings to reign above those from many other rockers trying to go country. With 15 songs and just under an hour’s worth of music, the album is too long and tries to cram too much in, but it does not stop this from standing as a unique and powerful effort from one of the rock world’s finest. Even if you are not a country fan, there is still enough of a crossover rock/pop feel to keep your interest on the majority of the tracks.

Steven Tyler strikes back, and with the release of We’re All Somebody from Somewhere, he delivers a promising effort that is strong overall, and nowhere near as bad as advance comments and speculation may lead you to believe. It will not be for everyone, but I can give it a firm recommendation.

 

 

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By Taylor Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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