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That difficult 13th album!,
This review is from: Black And Blue (Audio CD)
Post-Taylor and pre-Wood this is very much the audition album and provides a snapshot of a band that is a slightly out of kilter. Only having 8 tracks makes me thinks that recording was a bit of a struggle, and the lack of Mick Taylor's technical ability and melodic beauty is definitely missed, with the Stones looking around for inspiration from their guests.
"Hot Stuff", the opener, has a great riff, which makes up for a lack of lyrical substance. "Hand Of Fate" has a classic Stones rock n'roll feel to it, as does "Crazy Mama", while "Memory Motel" is a very fine slow ballad with nice Keith vocals in the chorus. "Fool To Cry" is a bit too saccharine but actually quite un-Stonesy and interesting, although I can't listen to it too much. "Melody" is a real departure, and that's because Billy Preston wrote it - good track and I can see why Bill Wyman still plays it with his band. "Hey Negrita" is innovative but frankly not very good - and introduces both Mr Wood's guitar playing and songwriting. Finally, "Cherry Oh Baby" is a pretty corny cover version that just doesn't work. This a really a 3.5 stars album but I can't give it a 4 because it doesn't quite gel as a whole and has too few tracks. But, the title and cover picture are great!