Review: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Plays It Safe on Nashville Debut

Review: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Plays It Safe on Nashville Debut

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Don't expect the wild-and-loose feel of country-styled Aerosmith hits like "What It Takes" or "Crazy" from Steven Tyler's first Nashville album. Recently relocated to Music City, the singer apparently wants to fit in among his new neighbors, squishing his oversize personality into adequate mid-tempo numbers and remaking himself into an earnest romantic balladeer. There's a rootsy reworking of "Janie's Got a Gun," and his sleazy side pokes through when he sings about "free-fallin' into your yum-yum" on "Red, White & You." But too often Tyler keeps his swagger in check when he could be kicking up some down-home dust.

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