|1. Sad Sad Sad|
|2. Mixed Emotions|
|4. Hold On To Your Hat|
|5. Hearts For Sale|
|6. Blinded By Love|
|7. Rock And A Hard Place|
|8. Can't Be Seen|
|9. Almost Hear You Sigh|
|10. Continental Drift|
|11. Break The Spell|
|12. Slipping Away|
It opens with two excellent, tough rockers, "Sad, Sad, Sad" and "Mixed Emotions", followed by the somewhat less remarkable "Terrifying" and "Hold On To Your Hat", and the nice, bluesy "Hearts For Sale".
"Blinded By Love" is a lovely melody, a folkish, acoustic ballad with Phil Beer (who worked with the Fairport Convention, Mike Oldfield and the Albion Band among others) playing mandolin.
Then comes one of the six (!) singles that were lifted off "Steel Wheels", and perhaps the best-known (although it was not the most succesful): the ever-so-slightly disco-influenced rocker "Rock And A Hard Place".
Keith Richards gets off the groovy, muscular rocker "Can't Be Seen", which sounds like something off one of his solo albums (and if I'm not mistaken, Richards himself is playing the lead guitar).
The fine, soulful ballad, "Almost Hear You Sigh", is actually a Keith Richards-number as well, although Mick Jagger sings it. Richards is playing a classical Velasquez guitar, and suddenly breaks into a magnificent, if too short, classical guitar solo.
And finally, after the very African-sounding "Continental Drift" and the so-so "Break The Spell", another ballad, this time with the lead vocal done by Keith Richards himself. "Slipping Away" is one of the best songs Richards has penned, lyrically and musically, and one of the best vocal tracks he and his whiskey-soaked pipes have laid down as well.
"Steel Wheels" feels a lot like Keith Richards' album, probably in part because Richards already had some more or less finished material to work with, and his influence means that "Steel Wheels" rocks with a lot more sincerity than the two or three records that preceded it.
It has a few lesser tracks, but nothing is terrible, and there is a lot of good stuff here as well - dense, powerful rock n' roll from the only band who can seriously lay claim to the title "the World's greatest rock band".
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