There's a bit of smoke and mirrors going on here.
When Aerosmith claimed that they were going full circle with 'Music from another dimension' most fans thought that they were going to revisit the seventies era with the Toxic Twins looking to get some dirt under their fingernails.
I doubt that they were expecting that full circle meant back to Permanent Vacation and no further.
So yes, they did jump back into the past, but just not as far as most of us would have liked.
Opening track LuvXXX could be Love in an Elevator part deux,
After that rolls to its end the album trundles on with varying degrees of success.
Over all it's better than Get a Grip, and it would be fair to say that it could knock at least eight lives off of Nine Lives, but Pump would comfortably reach the finish line before this outing.
Tyler still sounds fantastic. You've got to give credit where it's due and Perry and co aint slouching in the musicianship department either.
Lets just say that while the band aren't treading water, they aren't really looking to go too far from the comfort of the shallow end.
It's not a bad album, and better than the last few, but it aint what it was cracked up to be so it's suffering from the heightened expectations.
They set the bar high and just managed to slip under it.