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  • Summary: The latest album for the indie rock band features Quasi's Sam Coomes, Treepeople's Scott Schmaljohn, Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary, John McMahon, and Roger Manning as guest musicians.
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  1. For There Is No Enemy, Martsch and company move beyond that back-to-basics approach, delivering a polished record that favors lilting mid-tempo ballads over ear-blasting ragers.
  2. The highs here, while admittedly not quite as majestic or sugary as in the past, are still pretty far up there, and better yet, there are no lows.
  3. Despite the bounty of overdubs, however, there’s little self-indulgence to There Is No Enemy; Martsch’s overloaded approach might scream ‘prog’, but he also possesses a perfectly-disciplined, ‘pop’ songwriting sensibility, with every lengthy instrumental coda married to contagious choruses and melodic barbs that lodge in the mind.
  4. He packs every song with parts--low, midrange and high guitars, vocal la-las and ahs--and all the layers can make the songs overstuffed and woolly, particularly the slow ones. But diligence is one way to fight complacency, and Mr. Martsch’s plaintive cantankerousness keeps breaking through.
  5. Even if the album as a whole isn't as eminently loveable as, say, "Keep It Like A Secret," though, there's still plenty to love here. [Fall 2009, p.57]
  6. As ever, Martsch prove capable of anthropomorphizing a bent string and imbuing it with more emotion than many bands' vocals and lyrics. [Dec 2009, p.112]
  7. Taken as a whole, There Is No Enemy is a solid album on par with the band’s more recent output.

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  1. Dec 10, 2010
    Toys In The Attic consacre Aerosmith au rang des plus grands groupes de rock. Cet album résume l'essence qui fait de la bande deToys In The Attic consacre Aerosmith au rang des plus grands groupes de rock. Cet album résume l'essence qui fait de la bande de Steve Tyler et Joe Perry un groupe unique : rock carré et groovant, paré de guitares tranchantes (les solos de Perry sont énormes mine de rien), le tout balancé avec une désinvolture qui confine à la classe ultime. Le début du disque est anthologique avec les quatre premières chansons qui infligent une magistrale leçon de rock (mention spéciale au riff de Adam's Apple et au psychédélisme vénéneux de Uncle Salty). La production est fantastique, les guitares ont un son puissant qui n'a plus rien à voir avec la platitude de Get Your Wings. Aerosmith a définitivement trouvé sa signature et Toys In The Attic est un indispensable. Expand