Get a Grip
- Vocals, keyboard, mandolin, harmonica: Steven Tyler
- Guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on Walk on Down: Joe Perry
- Guitar: Brad Whitford
- Bass: Tom Hamilton
- Drums, Percussion: Joey Kramer
Get a Grip (English phrase: " bekomms a grip" ) is the eleventh studio album by the American hard rock band Aerosmith. It was published in April 1993 by Geffen Records. Seven singles were released between 1993 and 1994, including the lead single Livin 'on the Edge and the ballads Cryin' and Crazy, which ran on Heavy rotation on music television. Livin 'on the Edge and Crazy won in 1994 and 1995 and the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Formation and style
During the recording sessions, which took place in early 1992 in Los Angeles and in the fall of 1992 in Vancouver, Canada, were involved in the line up as a guest musician Don Henley, among others, in the further ballad Amazing and Lenny Kravitz. When songwriting worked with numerous external authors, as Desmond Child, Jim Vallance, Mark Hudson, Richie Supa, Taylor Rhodes, Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw. The piece Livin 'on the Edge is to be understood as a social statement, musically, the album moves between bluesy and popbeeinflusstem Hard Rock.
The album is considered to be the best selling of Aerosmith - According to the awards - at least 13.5 million copies sold worldwide. It reached # 1 on the Billboard 200 as well as in Switzerland, third place in Germany. The album received in Sweden the price Rockbjörnen for the " best foreign album of the year " in 1993.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine criticized from the website Allmusic.com that the album compared to the musically diverse predecessor fade. It was a " rehearsed performance". Under the surface, the sounds mostly good, is to be found not much. He forgave two and a half stars out of five. Anders saw this Achim Karstens in the magazine Rock Hard. He wrote, Aerosmith had " lost none of its intensity and quality " with Get a Grip. Unlike its predecessors, you need " just a little more time to get used to the not nearly as accessible song material ". The band have put the focus "on the whole album " and not " on MTV -ready singles", but where he described the three ballads as suitable. He forgave 9.5 out of ten.