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Just push play?

Gazette staff November 14th, 2012

Considering Aerosmith hadn’t recorded a studio album in 11 years before Music from Another Dimension! was unleashed last week, introducing the band to the iTunes generation made smart marketing sense. Therefore, Oklahoma’s own reigning country queen, Carrie Underwood, was called upon to duet with Steven Tyler on the power ballad “Can’t Stop Loving You.”

Credit: Brad Gregg

According to a Yahoo! report, the guest spot didn’t sit well with any band member who wasn’t Tyler. Recalled rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford, someone said, “Wait a minute: So this is an Aerosmith album, right?”

Perhaps that objector was lead guitarist Joe Perry? Quoted in Yahoo!’s article, he didn’t sound all too thrilled about it, saying in part, “If you want to put a ballad with Carrie Underwood singing on it — is that her name? — fucking do it. Who cares?”

Yeah, who does care? Not many, judging from the critical reaction. Here now, a sampling:

“When he duets with his fellow American Idol alum Carrie Underwood for ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’ (rhymes with ‘because it’s all I wanna do’), it sounds like the rest of Aerosmith is off hiding in the next studio.” —Rolling Stone

“Anyone who doesn’t know how to properly use Underwood doesn’t deserve to have her.” —The Washington Post

“But on the wallpaper-worthy sapfest ‘Can’t Stop Loving You,’ the presence of guest singer Carrie Underwood only serves as a reminder of Tyler’s short-lived, ill-conceived stint as an American Idol judge — not to mention the fact that Dimension ... still sounds like a watery echo of what the band once was.” —A.V. Club

“Tyler’s ill-advised duet with country singer Carrie Underwood ... only underline[s] just how wretched much of Aerosmith’s post-rehab era really was.” —Chicago Tribune

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