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Crosseyed Heart
     

Crosseyed Heart

by Keith Richards
 

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Keith Richards took his time to complete Crosseyed Heart. It arrives 23 years after Main Offender, his last solo studio album, but also 11 years after A Bigger Bang, the last official Rolling Stones record, but Richards hasn't exactly been quiet in all those years. He helped Mick Jagger flesh out the leftover demos for

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Keith Richards took his time to complete Crosseyed Heart. It arrives 23 years after Main Offender, his last solo studio album, but also 11 years after A Bigger Bang, the last official Rolling Stones record, but Richards hasn't exactly been quiet in all those years. He helped Mick Jagger flesh out the leftover demos for expanded editions of Exile on Main St. and Some Girls -- conspiracists argued some of the writing happened in the new millennium -- and toured with the Stones on various anniversaries, but the feather in his cap was Life, the 2010 memoir that established Keith as a razor-sharp raconteur for the masses that may never have paid attention to Talk Is Cheap. When compared to that publication date, Crosseyed Heart arrives a mere five years later, so that's not such a long wait. Certainly, Crosseyed Heart hardly feels like it was labored over; it's not the work of a perfectionist hoping every element lands in its right place. It sounds like it was knocked out in a week, which is about the highest compliment that can be paid to a record as casual as this. Main Offender felt like the result of endless hours of expensive studio jams, but Crosseyed Heart feels like it fell into place, with its songs arising out of jams with a drummer instead of being excuses for jams. Bookended by acoustic numbers -- the first is the charmingly tossed-off title track, a song that feels clipped in its conclusion, the last a version of Lead Belly's "Goodnight Irene," with the lyrics slightly modified -- the album does indeed bear the suggestion of a construction, a record that slides from obsession to obsession without calling attention to transitions. Nothing here is surprising, not the overdriven Chess boogie of "Blues in the Morning" or the ska shuffle of "Love Overdue," but that familiarity is an asset, because Keith luxuriates in his detours so much he winds up synthesizing his affections into a signature, a move highlighted by the soulful crawl of the Norah Jones duet "Illusion," a song where both singers seem seduced by the slow groove. "Illusion" mildly recalls "Make No Mistake," but where that Talk Is Cheap number underlined its Stax connections, Crosseyed Heart isn't so edgy: Keith no longer has to prove what he has to contribute to either the Stones or the culture at large, so he settles into his favorite sounds, loving to play the blues, rock & roll, country, and folk he's always savored, then sliding into the open-chord boogie that's unmistakably his. He may not forcibly claim this ground here but that's the appeal of Crosseyed Heart: it's a winningly low-key record, where the atmosphere matters more than the songs, yet Richards doesn't neglect writing tunes this time around.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2015
Label:
Ume
UPC:
0602547394002
catalogNumber:
002361502
Rank:
7889

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Richards   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Electric Sitar,tiple,Wurlitzer
Aaron Neville   Background Vocals
Ivan Neville   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Blondie Chaplin   Background Vocals
Sarah Dash   Background Vocals
Clifton Anderson   Trombone
Kevin Batchelor   Trumpet
Larry Campbell   Fiddle,Pedal Steel Guitar,Violin
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Charles Dougherty   Tenor Saxophone
Babi Floyd   Background Vocals
Bernard Fowler   Background Vocals
Jack Hale   Trombone
Charles Hodges   Piano,Hammond Organ
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Spooner Oldham   Hammond Organ
David Paich   Organ
Pino Palladino   Bass
Waddy Wachtel   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Soloist
Paul Nowinski   Bass,Viola,Gamba
Pierre de Beauport   Acoustic Guitar
Harlem Gospel Choir   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Steve Jordan   Percussion,Piano,Conga,Drums,Background Vocals,Timpani,Vibes
Meegan Voss   Background Vocals
Norah Jones   Vocals
Lannie McMillan   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Gregory Isaacs   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Dave O'Donnell   Engineer
David Porter   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer,Producer,Art Direction,Original Cover Artwork
Lester Snell   Horn Arrangements
Anthony DeCurtis   Liner Notes
Mark Seliger   Cover Photo
David Gorman   Art Direction
Pierre de Beauport   Guitar Techician
Kevin Mazur   Session Photographer
Steve Jordan   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Norah Jones   Composer
Yohei Goto   Engineer
Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell   Engineer
Artie Smith   Drum Technician

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