Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Still, you can understand the appeal of SuperHeavy for its participants, particularly Jagger, who's been trying to establish himself in a context outside of the Rolling Stones since starring in Performance in 1968. Furthermore, it offers as added inducement the unmissable opportunity to infuriate Keith Richards, who recently broke off from telling anyone who'd listen that Jagger has a small penis to suggest the Stones should regroup to celebrate their 50th anniversary: "I'm just, you know, doing this right now," said Jagger when asked about the possibility.
It's should perhaps be remembered that the last time he decided to ignore Richards' demands for a Stones tour and team up with Dave Stewart instead, theresult was the wretched 1987 single Let's Work, a record that – with its perky 80s pop beat and the-world-don't-owe-you lyrics – sounded like an aerobic workout class presided over by Norman Tebbit. Nothing on SuperHeavy is anything like as bad as that. Whether anything on it is sufficiently good to raise his songwriting partner's ire – or even to hold the listener's interest once the novelty of the band's lineup has passed – is quite another matter.
The Independent's Andy Gill also doesn't care for the album:
The impression is that all participants are having to work at less than full power in order to accommodate the others; and, as chemistry goes, the hoped-for "crazy energy" between Jagger and Stone just doesn't heat up at all.
In terms of creating a coherent sound, Marley is the key. Jagger and Stewart have worked with reggae singers before, and six of the 12 new songs here have strong reggae leanings.
With Marley’s rhythm section providing a lilting bedrock throughout, tracks such as Miracle Worker and Beautiful People are upbeat and accessible.
Stones fans will be eager to hear more familiar reference points, and Jagger - although he emerges as a team player - rekindles old glories on One Day One Night (a bluesy monologue) and Never Gonna Change (a ballad with a passing resemblance to You Can’t Always Get What You Want).
I liked the first single and I often agree with Thrill's take on music so I will be giving the album a chance.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011