We're All Somebody from Somewhere

Album Review of We're All Somebody from Somewhere by Steven Tyler.

Home » Country » We're All Somebody from Somewhere

We're All Somebody from Somewhere

Steven Tyler

We're All Somebody from Somewhere by Steven Tyler

Release Date: Jul 15, 2016
Record label: DOT Records
Genre(s): Country

46 Music-Critic Score
How the Music Critic Score works

Buy We're All Somebody from Somewhere from Amazon

We're All Somebody from Somewhere - Mediocre, Based on 6 Critics

AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10
60

Like Mick Jagger before him, Steven Tyler itched to launch a solo career, but where Mick struck while the iron was relatively hot -- 20 years after "Satisfaction," true, yet the Rolling Stones still packed arenas -- the Aerosmith singer took the better part of a decade to figure out what he wanted to do on his own. Stumbling through a starring gig on American Idol and an accompanying flop single that led to an awkward 2012 reunion with Aerosmith, Tyler finally resurfaced as a country singer -- a surprise, because the closest he ever came to country was the Desmond Child co-write "What It Takes," a power ballad that provides a good touchstone for 2016's We're All Somebody from Somewhere. Nominally a country album, We're All Somebody from Somewhere doesn't belong to any country: laden with power ballads and pulsating polished rockers, it's commercial music for nonexistent formats.

Full Review >>

Slant Magazine - 50
Based on rating 2.5/5
50

It would be easy to dismiss Steven Tyler's first solo album as a frivolous exercise by a past-his-prime, attention-seeking celebrity. But, it turns out, We're All Somebody from Somewhere isn't only sporadically enjoyable, but also worthy of serious appraisal. Indeed, intentionally or not, much of the album serves as a fascinating case study on how, these days, the term “country music” is more of a marketing label than a genre, as Tyler and his collaborators manage to distill the alleged death of arena rock and its rebirth as modern-day pop country into a 55-minute runtime.

Full Review >>

Rolling Stone - 40
Based on rating 2/5
40

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.

Full Review >>

Classic Rock Magazine - 40
Based on rating 2/5
40

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler's solo album utilises some songwriting big guns but fires a lot of blanks.

Full Review >>

The Observer (UK) - 40
Based on rating 2/5
40

Steven Tyler’s solo debut, recorded in Nashville and leaning heavily on radio-friendly country music, is refreshingly distinct from the stadium hard rock he’s been making for almost half a century as Aerosmith’s frontman. It starts very promisingly: the self-doubt expressed on the stripped-back opener My Own Worst Enemy is genuinely affecting, while Love Is Your Name boasts an irrepressibly upbeat chorus. I Make My Own Sunshine, meanwhile, might resemble a backwoods take on Catatonia’s Road Rage, yet it still possesses a certain charm.

Full Review >>

Boston Globe
Their review was generally favourable

On paper, the prospect of a country-music album from Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler seems worrisome. A ploy for radio? A pandering gesture toward the only brick-and-mortar establishments that still move units — say, Walmart? Best not to jump to conclusions about “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere,” released July 15 on Big Machine. When Tyler, 68, explains Nashville’s appeal in a press release about the LP, you can’t just dismiss his argument.

Full Review >>

'We're All Somebody from Somewhere'

is available now