Bridges to Babylon

Bridges to Babylon

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by The Rolling Stones
     
 

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Voodoo Lounge confirmed that the Stones could age gracefully, but it never sounded modern; it sounded classicist. With its successor, Bridges to Babylon, Mick Jagger was determined to bring the Rolling Stones into the '90s, albeit tentatively, and hired hip collaborators like

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Voodoo Lounge confirmed that the Stones could age gracefully, but it never sounded modern; it sounded classicist. With its successor, Bridges to Babylon, Mick Jagger was determined to bring the Rolling Stones into the '90s, albeit tentatively, and hired hip collaborators like the Dust Brothers (Beck, Beastie Boys) and Danny Saber (Black Grape) to give the veteran group an edge on their explorations of drum loops and samples. Of course, the Stones are the Stones, and no production is going to erase that, but the group is smart enough -- or Keith Richards is stubborn enough -- to work within its limitations and to have producer Don Was act as executive producer. As a result, Bridges to Babylon sounds like the Stones without sounding tired. The band is tight and energetic, and there's just enough flair to the sultry "Anybody Seen My Baby?," the menacing "Gunface," and the low-key, sleazy "Might as Well Get Juiced" to make them sound contemporary. But the real key to the success of Bridges to Babylon is the solid, craftsmanlike songwriting. While there aren't any stunners on the album, nothing is bad, with rockers like "Flip the Switch" and "Low Down" sounding as convincing as ballads like "Already Over Me." And, as always, Keith contributes three winners -- including the reggae workout "You Don't Have to Mean It" and the slow-burning "How Can I Stop" -- that cap off another fine latter-day Stones record.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/2009
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602527016450
catalogNumber:
001290402
Rank:
13903

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rolling Stones   Primary Artist
Mick Jagger   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Shaker,wah wah guitar
Billy Preston   Hammond Organ
Ronnie Wood   Dobro,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone
Charlie Watts   Drums
Blondie Chaplin   Bass,Piano,Maracas,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Shaker
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Background Vocals,Shaker
Benmont Tench   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Bernard Fowler   Background Vocals
Darryl Jones   Bass,Background Vocals
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass
Jamie Muhoberac   Bass,Keyboards
Keith Richards   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Danny Saber   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Clavinet
Jeff Sarli   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Joe Sublett   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Don Was   Bass,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Doug Wimbish   Bass,Background Vocals
Waddy Wachtel   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Pierre de Beauport   Bass,fender rhodes,6-string bass,Wurlitzer
Clinton Clifford   Piano,Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Kenny Aronoff   Contributor
Dan Bosworth   Engineer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Rob Fraboni   Producer,Engineer
Glimmer Twins   Producer,Executive Producer
k.d. lang   Composer
Ben Mink   Composer
Kevin Murphy   Illustrations
Keith Richards   Composer,Hands
Danny Saber   Producer
Jim Scott   Engineer
John X. Volaitis   Engineer
Don Was   Producer,Executive Producer
Allan Ayers   Illustrations
Dust Brothers   Producer,Engineer
Pierre de Beauport   Producer
Gerard Howland   Illustrations
Francis Mayer   Images

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Bridges to Babylon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK, |I admit it. I was given this album 2 years ago, listened once, stuck on tape, and forgot it. How many more have done this? What did I want with a new Stones album. The only album of theirs i've been able to listen to in 30 years was 'Stripped' - a great album, but not new. Reviews of this album have damned it with feint praise - 'the best album in 20 years but still some tired rockers' - ranted one guy. Forget it. This album is full of great performances. Even Jagger, who I had given up on years ago. And Ronnie Wood! Great slide playing, doing exactly what he was brought into the Stones to do. Get past your prejudices. This is an album to rate with some of their very best work - not their greatest maybe, but then do we ever expect that. This is a gem which I urge people to listen to.