Picks and Pans Review: Pump

updated 12/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

Aerosmith

All right, so they'll probably never be anybody's poster boys for clean living, but the Detox Twins (Steven Tyler and Joe Perry) are still leading a band that's kicking harder and meaner than ever. If it's the characteristic pile-driver rockers that prime this Pump, though, Aerosmith's deft touch on its not-quite-so-ferocious tunes—BALLAD ALERT! BALLAD ALERT!—is what turns this record into a truly (and pleasantly) surprising project.

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