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|1. Rough Justice|
|2. Let Me Down Slow|
|3. It Won’t Take Long|
|4. Rain Fall Down|
|5. Streets Of Love|
|6. Back Of My Hand|
|7. She Saw Me Coming|
|8. Biggest Mistake|
|9. This Place Is Empty|
|10. Oh No, Not You Again|
|11. Dangerous Beauty|
|12. Laugh, I Nearly Died|
|13. Sweet Neo Con|
|14. Look What The Cat Dragged In|
|15. Driving Too Fast|
Venerable rock aristocrats they may be but beneath the wrinkles and erudition throbs the passion of reckless, raffish young dandies whose loins cannot be encumbered by codpieces. It's to the Stones credit that (knighthoods aside) they can still sound like the sort of chaps you wouldn't want hanging around your daughter. Jagger sounds fantastic; tawdry, bitchy and condescending on stompers like "Look What The Cat Dragged In" and like a dumped mug on the jilted love tale of "She Saw Me Coming".
At sixteen tracks the album is long and not entirely without its shortcomings--"Sweet Neo Con" won't have George W Bush choking on any pretzels and "Driving Too Fast" sounds like a cross between "Jumping Jack Flash" and a lecture in road safety. But there are strong ballads ("Streets of Love") vintage malt blues ("Back of My Hand") and even Keith resurrecting one of Kenneth William's finest wordplays on "Infamy". Best Stones album in yonks? Quite possibly so. --Kevin Maidment
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The release of a Stones album used to be an event, and in the heydey of the seventies there were always cries of "it's not as good as the last one". But who wants every album to sound the same? The production on this album reminds me of "Exile on Main Street", which went from very mixed reviews on it's release to an acknowledged classic today. The Stones do what they do and your're either a fan or you're not.
Why is it that these over-60 grandpas still would get us out of our chairs? First off, it's just them & their bare essentials. Mick & Keith teamed up again as songwriters, for the first time since god knows when, and in the process they decided to just keep it down to the 4 of them, plus an occasional hand by Chuck Leavell or Don Was. What a relief to hear those Mick & Keith induced backing vox, what happiness to hear an off-booze Ron Wood playing the slide as sharply as he did back when the Faces cut "Stay With Me", what joy to hear Charlie's Metronome Monsterbeat cut right through the Two Guitar Terror of Sheik El Keith & Slide King Ronnie - and a big thumbs up to Darryl Jones for being as functional as Bill Wyman ever was.
But that's not all: there's a handful of classics here that meet up with the Jumping Jacks and the Brown Sugars of this world. Streets of Love is the ballad we've been craving for, Rough Justice is a faraway tip of the hat to Rocks Off, and more than once the tunes lead you back to Exile on Main St. Keith's lead vocal songs, for one, keep it down to good hooks & catchy riffs: Happy! Jagger displays a self irony in his lyrics which is refreshing, funny and moving at times. And quite frankly, it all rocks like there's no tomorrow.
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