A Bigger Bangby The Rolling Stones
For most of their career, the Rolling Stones have engaged in a tug of war, pulling their music toward the rough edges of libido-rock at one moment and yanking it in the direction of straightforward pop the next. This time around, they've chosen to concentrate on spit rather than polish, giving A Bigger Bang -- their first studio recording since 1997's Bridges to Babylon -- a welcome dose of sweaty energy. Songs like the harmonica-drenched blues strut "Back of My Hand" hark back to the band's earliest days interpreting Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf classics, while others -- most notably the ready-to-rumble riff-fest "Rough Justice" -- feel like Mick, Keith, and company have re-Exiled themselves on Main Street. They seem well aware of the fact that naysayers will launch slings and arrows their way for continuing their long, strange trip past the four-decade mark -- and address it cleverly on the honky-tonk smirk-fest "Oh No, Not You Again." That tune, however, is about the only concession to age on A Bigger Bang. Jagger seems hell-bent on proving he's still able to carry off the sneering guttersnipe role he played for "Street Fighting Man," and does so with alacrity on the much-discussed "Sweet Neo Con," one of the Stones' rare forays into social commentary. He's a little less believable as the lithe lothario -- "She Saw Me Coming" is the aural equivalent of Harrison Ford continuing to play leading-man roles opposite 20-something ingénues -- but that's really a small speed bump under the wheels of this musical machine. The machine has been chopped and channeled for maximum efficiency -- with emphasis on the revivified collaborative spark between Jagger and Richards -- on A Bigger Bang, which ultimately delivers exactly what its title promises.
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Performance CreditsRolling Stones Primary Artist
Mick Jagger Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Vibes
Ronnie Wood Guitar
Charlie Watts Drums
Blondie Chaplin Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Matt Clifford Keyboards,Vibes
Darryl Jones Bass Guitar
Chuck Leavell Organ,Piano
Keith Richards Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Don Was Piano
Technical CreditsMick Jagger Composer
Matt Clifford Programming
Glimmer Twins Audio Production
Keith Richards Composer
Don Was Audio Production
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The Stones are back!!! They are the bluest of the blues. Can u dig it! They rock me, baby, til the monacle pops right out of my ever-lovin' eye!
This cd is one of the better stones cd made in years. It does lack that one element that the others had, but it still is great. Rough Justice rocks and they all sound differently
Better than expected and pleasantly surprised by the rough raunchy guitars. Jagger's performance is outstanding and Richards actually gives us some new interesting riffs...finally!
I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THE STONES CANT MAKE A FOLLOW UP TO TATTOO YOU.........EVERY ALBUM AFTER TATTOO YOU IS JUST A MEMORY OF THE ROLLING STONES.........I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT WHEN DON WAS PRODUCED THIS RECORD IT WAS GOING TO BE LAME. NO SPARK...JUST FILLER MUSIC FOR ANOTHER TOUR....WHY DONT THEY GET A PRODUCER LIKE JACK WHITE OR RICK RUBIN........THESE GUYS SEEM TO BRING THE BEST OUT OF EVERYONE THEY WORK WITH...THANK GOD THEY DIDNT HIRE BOB ROCK TO PRODUCE..... OVERALL THIS IS JUST ANOTHER STONES RECORD IN THE VAIN OF DIRTY WORK...STEEL WHEELS...VOODOO LOUNGE....HEY KEITH WE NEED ANOTHER SOLO RECORD......
A Bigger Bang is one of, if not the, best Stones albums of all time. It rocks as hard as any music you'll hear, with unbelievable guitar, as well as Charlie Watts drumming better than ever. It is a primer by Keith Richards on how to use electric guitar in rock and roll. Repeated istenings prove greater and greater depth to the music, especially the rockers, Rough Justice, It Won't Take Long, She Saw Me Coming, Oh No Not You Again, Dangerous Beauty, Look What the Cat Dragged In, and Driving Too Fast. It is the Stones doing what they do best, and the best they've done it in years. It doesn't get any better than this.
I am a big fan of the Stones. They are the best band ever.(i hate all new bands, they all sound the same.) I wasn't expecting this cd to be as good as it really is. I like every song on this cd. Especially Rough Justice, It Wont Take Long, Rain Fall Down, Streets of Love, Dangerous Beauty and Laugh I Nearl Died. I think that every rock fan should buy this cd.
I admit it, I am an old guy now, but have been a Stones fan ever since their first album, "Out of Our Heads" was released in the US in the 60's. After the late 70's I found their subsequent albums a bit cliched and sort of lost interest, and the last Stones recording I bought that I liked was "It's Only Rock and Roll". Nothing since then measured up to Exiles and "Sticky Fingers", much less "Let It Bleed." This album is sort of a throwback. First time I heard it, it grabbed me and has not let go. There are a couple of throw away songs, but this is a classic Stones rock and roll album, no question. My 21 year old son, who recently discovered and loves "Get Your Ya Yas Out" loves this album. The person who rated this album one star is not a true fan of the Stones. Ignore that review and get this recording. It rocks!
The boys are no longer a rock band, but rather a corporate steam engine. Don't be fooled: this CD is nothing like "Exile on Main Street." --Nice price, though, considering the price of the Stones' back catalog.