Album review: Aerosmith, Pump (1989)


By Steve Newton

Some bands grow old gracefully, mellowing with age, but not Aerosmith. On Pump, the follow-up to the band’s 1987 comeback album Permanent Vacation, the bad boys from Boston are as rude ‘n’ rowdy as ever. And nobody does it better.

Pump kicks off with “Young Lust”, Aerosmith’s raunchiest opening track since “Draw the Line”, and things stay on a hectic course with ear-burners like “F.I.N.E.” and “Monkey on My Back”.

“Love in an Elevator”, the LP’s first single, is a libidinous shuffle that solidifies the sexy stance taken back in ’79 with “Walk This Way”. It shows off the keen studio talents of producer Bruce Fairbairn and engineer Mike Fraser, who helmed the record (as they did the last one) at Little Mountain Sound.

The only thing resembling a weak spot on Pump is the plodding “Don’t Get Mad, Get Even”, but that’s nothing to beef about when you’ve got nine other super tracks to while away the hours.

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