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Insubstantial Offering From The Stones,
This review is from: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (Audio CD)
'It's Only Rock 'n' Roll' does display some rock 'n' roll vitality which is largely missing from the previous more subdued 'Goats Head Soup' but this hardly results in contributing to a great Stones album. In fact it's difficult to claim it's even a good album although it does have its moments.
The album's first three songs are all highly energetic, displaying some great vitality. The only problem is once the listener has had a little time to digest them they've very little more to offer. They seem so very shallow as if the Stones were now content just going through the motions. Unfortunately this seems to be the problem with the rest of the album also.The ballads 'Till The Next Goodbye' and 'If You Really Want To Be My Friend' seem pleasant if lacking in a little substance.The Stones seem as though they are content at this point to just parody their former selves.
The most satisfying track for me is 'Time Waits For No-one' which succeeds mainly through guitarist Mick Taylor's wonderfully inspiring guitar solos. 'Luxury' with its slight reggae influenced sound (in particular the vocals) is another enjoyable track.
Ultimately though too many of the songs are a little too sketchy to be anything above average which leads to an album that is ultimately unsatisfying.
It's a scenario that Stones fan would become all too familiar with in the years that followed.