...... The New Album is here. We've been
waiting for it for years now. 8 years to
be precise. During the Licks Tour "they"
said "they" were recording songs.
About 20 or 30 of them. But except for the
new songs we heard of the 40Licks Album
and some outtakes on Four Flicks, we got
nothing ...!? Then a radiosilence followed,
Charlie got severely ill (but recovered
... Thank God), and rumours grew and grew.
And now it's finally here.... A
Bigger Bang. A title which apparently
reflects their "Fascination with the
scientific theory about the origin of the
universe." A notion which raises
intriguing images of Mick, Keith, Charlie
and Ronnie sitting around the studio reading
Stephen Hawking for inspiration.
Co-produced by Don Was and the band, the
album was recorded in sessions in Paris
at the end of 2004 and spring/early summer
this year and mixed in Los Angeles.
It will probably be their last studio album.
Given the long gaps between albums these
days, the Stones will be in their 70s before
another is due.
this page I will review the infividual tracks
as they come available according to the
performance (1, 2, or 3 in a rating
from 1-10) MEDIOCRE Stones
Performance (4 or 5 in a rating of 1-10) GOOD Stones
performance (6, 7 or 8 in a rating
in a rating of 1-10) WARHORSE (10
in a rating of 1-10)
review is based on my personal opinion
except when otherwise noted
ROUGH JUSTICE A
true fast rocker in the tradition of "When
The Whip Comes Down", Too Tight, Flip
The Switch, just to name a few. Although
I am not a great fan of these fast-rockers
I can keep on playing this one. I am very
curious as to how it sounds live. The videoclip
from Phoenix Theater, Toronto (Aug 1, 2005)
promises a lot ! I think this one a grade
better than ONNYA.
ME DOWN SLOW
This is an up-tempo Country-rock song with
a simple melody. So far nothing special.
In fact it's a bit boring. It's been good
performed though; The chorus could
be a 'singalong' live ...?
This is one of the best songs of the album,
for me already amongst the Classics. This
slides in easily between Jumping Jack Flash,
Honky Tonk Women and Gimme Shelter. I hope
they play this one live too. And then it
most certainly will be considered a Warhorse???.
This one's still growing on me. ("Life
is short,... One look and it's over...")
RAIN FELL DOWN
This one has a real tight funky groove.
GREAT. Comes from the school of Everything
's turning to gold, Emotional Rescue, Sexdrive
and Dance; but Rain Fall Down is much much
better. It has the better ingredients of
all its predecessors, and great lyrics
not to forget. I Like this!!
I want to hear this one live and dance,
dance...until I fall down. It has also potential
of becoming a Warhorse for me!.
(5/10) STREETS OF LOVE This
ballad is released as first single in august.
It's not my favourite, but It could be a
'hit' with new young Stones fans. Who knows?.
However to me this is a very mediocre ballad.
From what I've heard so far there are much
better songs (luckily) on the album.
(9/10) BACK OF MY HAND In
the pre-announcements there was a promise
of "a raw, rough-edged new
song in the classic Rolling Stones blues
style" . And that promise has come
true completely. It is a plain and simple
blues from the old-chicago style. It has
John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and a touch
of Howlin' Wolf written all over it. One
can keep on playing this tune over and over
again. It will never bore you. This is TOP.
Although maybe a bit premature I will have
to classify this as a StonesClassic !!.
An don't forget to look at the "Phoenix-video"
on RS.com: ........potentially a Warhorse
SAW ME COMING Bluesy type of rock-song.
Sounds raw. Could have been on Some Girls
?? ("She Saw Me Coming, I
Was Served Up On Her Grill....").
Great rythm, good song. Play it Live !!
MISTAKE Sounds OK, nothing
really special. Though this ballad does
something more than Streets Of Love, it's
just a good song. Mick full of regrets.
(Bit late maybe...?)
PLACE IS EMPTY
on in, Bare your breasts, And make me feel
at home..." Great Keith ballad.
In the spirit of "the Honeymoon Tapes".
Fireplace lit, a glass of JackDaniels and
.... ? I have to let this ripen a bit (as
with most of Keith's ballad's), but in time
it will most certainly deserve a place between
all other Keith's classics.
(6/10) OH NO NOT YOU
fast-rocker again that has been played at
the pressconference of the -then called-
"On Stage Tour". The studioversion
sounds better though. As I said before,
fast-rockers are 'not my cup of tea', but
as I am a positive Stonesfan I have to rate
this as a Good Stones Performance. But it
probably won't come any further than that!?.
BEAUTY A good rock-song. Could
have been on Voodoo Lounge or on one of
Keith's solo-albums. Pounding Bass and Drum
play underneath a hard-hitting basic guitar
riff. The guitar-solo (a nice one too) comes
just at the right time. Otherwise it would
have become a bit boring.
I NEARLY DIED Great, YES,.... Great
Rythm & Blues. Or is it a Soul ballad.
I love this. Do I Hear Jimmy Reed? No it
must be Mick! What can I say more. This
is one of the greatest Stonesballads Mick
has ever sung. With the emotions of Fool
To Cry, a tight rhythm and beautifull gentle
guitarlicks this can easily be categorized
as a StonesClassic !!!
NEO CON Politically painted
rock and roll. Mick jagger being honest
here or trying to make a publicity-stunt
? Personally I think he's trying to make
a statement (as they have done before).
Besides that a good Stonessong with great
potential live. (pity they didn't play it
WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN
Sounds 'attractive'. Funky rocker. Has to
be played live!.
Again a Good Stones-rocker ready to be played
live. The start looks a lot like Just Another
Night (solo Mick Jagger). Anyway, good guitarplay
by Ronnie and Keith. Great Bass-groove in
Sounds good, bit reggae
as we are used from Keith.