MUSIC MONDAY Rolling Stones New Album Part 2 Review The Rolling Stones’ new blues album is an amplified death wheeze. And it rules

MUSIC MONDAY Rolling Stones New Album Part 2

Mick Jagger – Blue & Lonesome – Fan Twitter Q&A

I Can’t Quit You Baby

Mikael WoodPop Music Critic

The Rolling Stones claim they made their new blues album in three days — which is remarkable since it sounds like they couldn’t have spent more than two.

Easily their rawest recording in decades, “Blue & Lonesome” finds the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers happily reconnecting with the unvarnished Chicago blues that inspired the late Brian Jones to form the band in 1962.

Back then, the Stones learned to play — and to pose — emulating records they heard by artists like Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed and Muddy Waters. Now, on a 12-track album of covers they cut together in one room in real time, they’re looking back at those pioneers, paying tribute to the music that launched them toward superstardom.

The Stones being the Stones, of course, they’re also paying tribute to themselves. Implicit in “Blue & Lonesome” is the idea that these 70-something veterans have stuck around longer than their idols did; the album presents the Stones not as fresh-faced acolytes of the gnarled bluesmen but as seasoned peers.

The Rolling Stones talk going home to the blues with ‘Blue & Lonesome’ »

Indeed, what strikes you after you get used to hearing the band in such a stripped-down fashion is how old the musicians sound. That’s a quality the Stones have typically run from in the studio (where they’re known for recruiting younger collaborators to punch up new songs) and onstage (where Mick Jagger still does loads of actual running).

Performing at October’s classic-rock Desert Trip festival in Indio, the singer was the first to sprint down a lengthy catwalk that Bob Dylan and Neil Young appeared not even to notice.

Here, though, Jagger emphasizes the cracks in his voice — the wavering tone and the frayed edges — to give the sense of a guy who’s been thoroughly beat up by life.

“You put poison in my coffee instead of milk or cream,” he moans in Howlin’ Wolf’s “Commit a Crime,” and though the narrator clearly survived his lover’s attack, he hardly emerged unscathed.

Jagger puts across the same weathered vibe on harmonica, which he takes up often on “Blue & Lonesome,” most memorably in the dirge-like title track written by Little Walter. The sound here is basically an amplified death wheeze.

On guitars, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood deconstruct familiar riffs, breaking them down into jagged shards, as in a snarling rendition of “All of Your Love,” originally recorded by Magic Sam, and Lightnin’ Slim’s “Hoo Doo Blues,” in which one of them slashes at a single note for most of the song.

This isn’t a guitar-hero record with complicated, athletic soloing meant to showcase hard-won technique. Which isn’t to say the playing is unimpressive; it’s often amazing.

But what the Stones are going for here is texture — a kind of ruined virility — and that’s true even when Eric Clapton, a.k.a. Mr. Technique, shows up for two songs, including Willie Dixon’s creeping “I Can’t Quit You Baby.” (Among the other tunes the band does are Dixon’s “Just Like I Treat You,” with a ragged beat from Charlie Watts, and the haunted “Little Rain” by Jimmy Reed.)

Sometimes that texture serves as scenery for some pretty rich theater. In “Everybody Knows About My Good Thing,” for instance, Jagger goes on for a while about how he has to call his plumber — something the real-life Mick Jagger surely hasn’t done in the last half-century.

And who among us believes this master manipulator has allowed anyone to take advantage of him recently, as the singer insists in Little Walter’s “Just Your Fool”?

But role play has been Jagger’s specialty since the beginning (when he was playing this very part). So best not to take the decrepitude too seriously. He and the Stones will be back with another record, maybe one where they go EDM.

Funny thing is, it probably won’t sound this alive.

Related posts:

MUSIC MONDAY Paul McCartney Mull Of Kintyre

Paul McCartney Mull Of Kintyre-Original Video-HQ Uploaded on Nov 25, 2011 Paul McCartney Mull Of Kintyre Lyric Mull of kintyre Oh mist rolling in from the sea, My desire is always to be here Oh mull of kintyre Far have I traveled and much have I seen Dark distant mountains with valleys of green. Past […]

MUSIC MONDAY Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time

__ Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time Wonderful Christmastime From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Wonderful Christmastime” Single by Paul McCartney B-side “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reggae” Released 16 November 1979 Format 7-inch 45 rpm Recorded 30 August 1979, Lower Gate Farm, Sussex Genre Christmas pop rock synthrock Length 3:45 Label Parlophone Columbia Writer(s) Paul McCartney Producer(s) Paul […]

MUSIC MONDAY Bob Dylan Press Conference in 1965 and his interaction later with Keith Green Part 2

__  Bob Dylan Press Conference 1965 Part 2 This is a tribute to Keith Green who died 32 years ago today!!! On July 28, 1983 I was sitting by the radio when CBS radio news came on and gave the shocking news that Keith Green had been killed by an airplane crash in Texas with […]

MUSIC MONDAY Bob Dylan Press Conference in 1965 and his interaction later with Keith Green

Bob Dylan Press Conference 1965 Part 1 ___ Bob Dylan played on one of Keith Green’s last albums and on the 6:19 min mark of part 5 it shows Bob Dylan: The Keith Green Story pt 5/7    The Keith Green Story pt 3/7 Keith Green had a major impact on me back in 1978 […]

MUSIC MONDAY Brumley Music Plays Pivotal Role in the movie GREATER Bob Brumley Sings “I’ll Fly Away” and film also features “Victory in Jesus”

________ Quinton Aaron of “The Blindside” talks “Greater” and the faith and character of Brandon Burlsworth Published on Oct 28, 2015 Quinton Aaron, star of “The Blindside”, discusses why he is so proud to be a part of “Greater”, and talks about the faith and character of Brandon Burlsworth, the greatest walk-on in college football […]

MUSIC MONDAY “Foreigner Top 10 Songs” Part 3

MUSIC MONDAY “Foreigner Top 10 Songs” Part 3 Top 10 Foreigner Songs By Matt Wardlaw Elsa, Getty Images ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You’ From: ‘4’ (1981) Mick Jones calls “Waiting” the “song that wrote itself,” telling Classic Rock that he felt like the “conduit” for the track and that “something was coming down through […]

MUSIC MONDAY “Foreigner Top 10 Songs” Part 2

MUSIC MONDAY “Foreigner Top 10 Songs” Part 2 Top 10 Foreigner Songs By Matt Wardlaw Elsa, Getty Images 7 ‘Feels Like the First Time’ From: ‘Foreigner’ (1977) “Feels Like the First Time” is a pretty genius name for your first single, and it certainly paid plenty of dividends for Foreigner, striking the Top Five. For […]

MUSIC MONDAY “Foreigner Top 10 Songs” Part 1

__ MUSIC MONDAY “Foreigner Top 10 Songs” Part 1 Top 10 Foreigner Songs By Matt Wardlaw Elsa, Getty Images   Read More: Top 10 Foreigner Songs | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/top-10-foreigner-songs/?trackback=tsmclipForeigner‘s lone remaining founding member, guitarist Mick Jones, has been at the helm of the legendary American rock group since 1976. But if you’ve seen the band […]

MUSIC MONDAY Glen Campbell

__ Glen Campbell’s Greatest Hits Compilation – Complete Set Related posts: MUSIC MONDAY Washed Out: ‘I wish I could have a 9 to 5 life’ Ernest Greene’s debut album confirms his place at the forefront of the chillwave scene. So why is he so worried? August 22, 2016 – 12:36 am _ Washed Out – Life […]

MUSIC MONDAY Washed Out: ‘I wish I could have a 9 to 5 life’ Ernest Greene’s debut album confirms his place at the forefront of the chillwave scene. So why is he so worried?

_ Washed Out – Life Of Leisure (Full Album) | HD   Washed Out: ‘I wish I could have a 9 to 5 life’ Ernest Greene’s debut album confirms his place at the forefront of the chillwave scene. So why is he so worried? Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out: ‘At no point was I actively […]

_____

Advertisements
Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: