Friday, December 16, 2005

CD Review: A Bigger Bang by The Rolling Stones

It's reassuring to know that, despite being around for so long, the Rolling Stones can still rock out rather well. What's more, the liner notes (to the standard edition at least) have the words for each song - a feature that seems to be increasingly rare these days, in fact an important feature for those of us who like to attempt to sing along.
Anyway, weighing in at 16 tracks, this album is a hefty 64 minutes or so long, value for money in this age of increasing numbers of half-hour "lite" albums.
But how does it play? It's reassuringly "Stones" in style - none of the tracks jump out at you for their original sound, but that doesn't stop it being good. I'm somewhat torn on the scoring of this - It's good enough for 4/5, easily, but...somehow, not quite peaking high enough for the full 5/5. If you're not a fan of the Stones, you probably won't be swayed in any way by this offering. But for those of us that like the classic sound that is the epitome of rock 'n' roll, it's a great album. 4/5

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There are Sly Stone grooves, Philly soul, rockabilly, Rhythm & especially Blues, an upbeat Ray Charles routine, Motown referencing "Happy Together", Marvin Gaye laments and a jazzy Southern marching band to carry us home. That said, this has a modern, edgy sound, cleaning off all sleepiness, played tight and mean. Saadiq has no time for middlebrow revivals. He pursues the heart and social significance of the classics and in doing so produces one himself.