Coming on the heels of the commercially and artistically successful Pump
, the fitfully entertaining Get a Grip
doesn't match its predecessor's musical diversity, but it's not for lack of trying. In fact, Aerosmith
try too hard, making a stab at social commentary ("Livin' on the Edge") while keeping adolescent fans in their corner with their trademark raunch-rock ("Get a Grip" and "Eat the Rich"), as well as having radio-ready hit ballads ("Cryin'," "Amazing," and "Crazy"). It might be a studied performance, but since the album sounds
good, many listeners will be willing to overlook those flaws and simply enjoy the ride.