We’re All Somebody from Somewhere
Two and a half stars
There are those who see the Aerosmith veteran’s embrace of Nashville as a desperate attempt to stay relevant. Those naysayers would be wrong. We’re All Somebody from Somewhere – Tyler’s first solo album – plays to his strengths: inventive melodies, angelic harmonies, a juxtaposition of swagger and sensitivity, and room for that acrobatic voice to soar and strut. He wraps his scarves around a few Nashville tropes: Banjos, fiddles, mandolins and steel guitars populate several songs, including It Ain’t Easy, a clever ballad about life’s struggles, while the philosophical I Make My Own Sunshine would fit on a Kacey Musgraves album. Some tracks display very little Nashville influence: Hold On (Won’t Let Go) returns Tyler to an early influence, the Jeff Beck Group, but that won’t bother older fans or young country rockers. Only on Red, White & You does Tyler stoop to corny bro-country banalities. We’re All Somebody from Somewhere might not return Tyler to the top of the charts, but it suggests that he does at least still have a few tricks tucked into his velvet boots.
* Associated Press
Source: art & life