Fly Away From Here and Just Push Play

These two tracks from Aerosmith's platinum Just Push Play epitomize the longstanding band's sound at this stage of the game: old-school rock enlivened with modern production values on one hand and sup

These two tracks from Aerosmith's platinum Just Push Play epitomize the longstanding band's sound at this stage of the game: old-school rock enlivened with modern production values on one hand and super-slick, chart-hogging power ballads on the other. "Play" is a tried-and-true rocker, highlighted by Joe Perry's gritty riffs and Steven Tyler's trademark staccato phrasing. Studio effects and the occasional vinyl scratch don't detract from a fun cut, evoking the late-'80s favorite "Rag Doll"; it's likely to soar at mainstream rock. "Fly Away From Here" is the kind of inflated ballad these guys knock out in their sleep, but it seems a sure thing at top 40, where previous single "Jaded" was a quick hit. The obvious comparison is to 1998's across-the-board chart-topper "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." There's little here we haven't heard many times in recent years from Aerosmith, right down to the swelling strings, generic escapist lyrics, and Tyler's high-register vocal blasts. In any case, on both formats, this band is going to be blaring from radios throughout the summer, as it hits the road for a 60-date tour June 6.—JC