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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/2009
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602527016450
  • Catalog Number: 001290402
  • Sales rank: 53,200

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Flip the Switch (3:27)
  2. 2 Anybody Seen My Baby? (4:31)
  3. 3 Low Down (4:25)
  4. 4 Already over Me (5:24)
  5. 5 Gunface (5:02)
  6. 6 You Don't Have to Mean It (3:43)
  7. 7 Out of Control (4:43)
  8. 8 Saint of Me (5:14)
  9. 9 Might as Well Get Juiced (5:23)
  10. 10 Always Suffering (4:43)
  11. 11 Too Tight (3:37)
  12. 12 Thief in the Night (5:16)
  13. 13 How Can I Stop (6:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Rolling Stones Primary Artist
Mick Jagger Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Shaker, wah wah guitar
Billy Preston Hammond Organ
Ron 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, 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, 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
Ron Boustead Digital Editing
Kenny Aronoff Contributor
Dan Bosworth Engineer
Ed Cherney Engineer
Rob Fraboni Producer, Engineer
The Glimmer Twins Producer, Executive Producer
k.d. lang Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
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
Stewart Whitmore Mastering
Allan Ayers Illustrations
The Dust Brothers Producer, Engineer
Pierre de Beauport Producer
Gerard Howland Illustrations
Francis Mayer Images
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DAMNED WITH FEINT PRAISE

    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.

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