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A Bigger Bang

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The Rolling Stones were formed in London in April 1962 by Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica, guitar), and Keith Richards (guitar, vocals). Bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts completed the early line-up. R&B and blues cover songs dominated the Rolling Stones' early material, but their repertoire has always included rock ... Read more in Amazon's The Rolling Stones Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000A7Q27I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
16. Infamy

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A Bigger Bang is the Rolling Stones first studio album since Bridges to Babylon eight years ago. It features the single "Streets of Love", the controversial "Sweet Neo Con", and the already classic blues track, "Back of My Hand".


A Bigger Bang--the Rolling Stones' 25th studio album--begins exactly how Rolling Stones albums ought to begin, with the testosterone calling-card explosion of "Rough Justice"; a ribald, licentious rocker with Sir Mick getting bawdy and with Keith Richard's infernal bottleneck guitar sliding around like an aroused python on an oil slick. Sigmund Freud would have had a field day.

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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 9 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
So I'm biased, A Stones devotee for 40 odd years, I was 16 when I bought my first Stones single "I wanna be your man" and have been hooked since. This album is in some way a return to the rawness of those early Stones days, each track has a certain roughness that makes it eminently listenable. It hasn't left my cd player for 4 days I keep wanting to listen again and again, it Rocks, it Burns, it Bubbles, it Grooves, it is emotive , explosive and passionate.
Favourite tracks? Most but especially The rocking opener "Rough Justice" which must be the greatest curtain opener since Jumping Jack Flash, "Rainfalldown" one of the funkiest grooves ever made by the band and destined to be a firm favourite for danceclubs. "Back of my hand" is the blues track of the year, and really a tribute to all the blues masters past, wonderful slide guitar and great harmonica intersperces Micks wailful singing. "Sweet NeoCon" is a welcome and spirited jibe at the hypcrisy of the present incumbants of the Whitehouse, The penultimate track "Driving to fast" is another heavy rocker full of energy built around a powerful rythm section of Charlie Watts Darryl Jones and the chunky guitar of Keith and Ronnie. If there is a flat moment it is Keiths two tracks not bad but not essential.
The quality of musicianship is superb throughout the album, that is the Stones though they blend together and compliment each other incredibly well, this is the Stones after 44 odd years, still making the best rock music around. Long Live The Rolling Stones. Go buy this album.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
As a die-hard Stones fan, the main thing I've disliked about their albums over the past 20 years or so is that they've tended to be over-produced. That's why I can't get into bands like Dire Straits and countless others; the music gets tiresome very quickly no matter how good the musicianship. This was certainly true of "Bridges to Babylon", which was also decscribed as their best album for years, or since "Voodoo Lounge" anyway, and would have succeeded far better had the recording engineers not taken their job so seriously. But on this album, Charlie Watts' snare drum rings like it should, and there is a warmer feel to the production overall. Keith Richards' riffs also snarl like they should, and regardless of how good the songwriting is this time round this album is just simply eminently listenable and does not tire the ears.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. More on 3 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
I had read so many reviews of this now, and one of the main points againt the album is that it is too much like previous outings and that most songs have an earlier counterpart that is better. Now i personally struggle to really see the problem with that! I would challenge anyone to write an album that truely lived up to what they have achieved. I think the reason this album is so good IS because it harks back to their past. Who better to lift from that themselves, who would you rather they looked to for inspiration, McFly? This is one of their best albums in years, with some great tracks, Rough Justice, Laugh I Neatly Died, Rain Fall Down and my personal favourite Look What The Cat Dragged. It is just so much fun to listen to and always perks me up, i'm looking forward to hearing it live when they come to Scotland. My advice, stop being so tied up in the past, and enjoy what's now. Either that or go buy a Busted album. A return to form from the greatest band to ever live...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ruard Wallis on 3 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was lucky enough to get this album on 2 September, before the official release date, so I can give you the honest truth: this, my friends, is indeed the Stones album we've been waiting for since ... well, since Tattoo You or perhaps even since Some Girls. But forget about comparisons and just LISTEN!
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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