Honkin' On Bobo - Aerosmith

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Honkin’ On Bobo is a big bruiser of an album, with heart, soul, and fury to spare.
  2. Aerosmith sound reinvigorated, even liberated from the need to have a hit power ballad, and they tear through these 12 songs with an energy they seemed to lose sometime after Pump.
  3. Bobo is a celebratory attack on the canon, not a violation of it.
  4. If the point is to guide listeners back to the sleazier, sexier originals, it's done its job.
  5. This isn't necessarily the best place to hear the definitive versions of Bo Diddley's "Road Runner" or Big Joe Williams' "Baby, Please Don't Go," but it's definitely the place to hear Aerosmith having the time of its life.
  6. There hasn't been this entertaining or hard-rocking an Aerosmith album since who-knows-when.
  7. Not every song here benefits from the Aerosmith treatment. [29 Mar 2004]
  8. This suspicious move into another moribund genre resembles the frustrated strivings of a band uncertain of how to exist After Rock.
  9. 80
    [Aerosmith's] affection for and facility with the material in hand [is] as plain as the nose on Gerard Depardieu's face. [May 2004, p.106]
  10. 70
    There's no unnecessary reverence, so the roots move that could have tagged Aerosmith as geezers proves instead that they're still wild boys. [May 2004, p.118]
  11. If only the Stones would make a record like this. [Jun 2004, p.94]
  12. Aerosmith go full bore in upturning the music's minimalist roots, building a wall of rock so monstrous that no air gets in. [2 Apr 2004, p.65]

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