Review Summary: An album that’ll come, and will mostly likely be gone by the time you’re finished, despite having copious amounts of commercial success, and their best song of the 90s.
With the CD wallpapering the racks during the previous four years or so, it was only going to be natural that Voodoo Lounge became the Stones’ longest recording. In the moment it was also their most successful in terms of grossing revenue from a supporting world tour. It’s true, one of the world oldest continuing bands still, at this point, had plenty of firepower and generational gravity to bolster its success, whether or not it came from one of their less memorable releases. And with a tasty bite sized opener like “Love is Strong”, why would you question any of this? After all, any album this group releases will mostly like chart-top following the weeks after its offering, even if a third of its listening populace take a few months to grapple new-coming technologies. Despite having such a commercial sensation, the album falls short of their magnum opuses of previous decades. Not necessarily musically, but mainly through its bothersome conceptuality and lack of definitive direction.
After bassist Bill Wyman’s departure following 1989’s Steel Wheels, the band were left little more than his melting rubber. And while they’d (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in particular) force themselves not to admit it, the effects to a degree, overshadow the album’s nude, back-to-basics approach. There’s most likely more instrumentation here then other records, even its successors, but it’s as sparse as the fifteen tracks could lop back -- an attempt perhaps to fill a missing member’s square hole with a round peg? Still, the roots-rock doesn’t fail them on many occasions such as “Love is Strong”, “You Got Me Rocking” and “Sparks Will Fly” -- three upbeat embellishments which open the album as if were meant to be a late 70s classic. Afterward, the feel diminishes and is only revisited via the exits of “New Faces’” acoustic prettiness, Out of Tears’” reflective mourning piano, and “I Go Wild’s” boisterous eccentricity.
“Thru and Thru” is the final shimmer and thankfully a track that leaves a few resounding moments of value at penultimate fourteen. Cutting the fat there would have sufficed, though so could the negating at least four other unnecessary tracks; take your pick really. Possibly out of a desire to make amends of apparent loss in colour after the 80s tension, the band finds themselves tinkering with musical assortment until they’re ironically mixed into dull shades of grey. The familiar faces of the accordion/organ/saxophone/trumpet all leave their marks between the weaving rock & roll of Richards’ and Ronnie Wood’s chordal guitar licks -- somehow a tin whistle managed to make the cut this time -- Jagger mingles with his raspy throat while having his usual percussive (tambourine/maracas) flourishes shake his can. It sounds well enough to be everything rolling alongside the Stones, but in fact it's merely the erosion catching you off guard. You’ll be left listening waiting for a possible moment of clever clamouring, but instead all you’re left are a few groovy well-rounded tracks, another few that they’ve done before more vigorously in the previous thirty years, and finally a whole lot more that are just too overly self-indulgent for their own good.
I appreciate a lot of old music, but their records bore. I do like a lot of their songs though, on the side. Gimmie Shelter still owns. Also, we have some of the same 5's... but then you have to go and but A&A up there...
Exile On Main Street, Sticky Fingers, Aftermath, Get Yer Ya-Yas Out...these records do not bore, sir.
And yeah, I like Angels & Airwaves; especially that record. Not only is The Adventure one of my favourite songs, they signify a wonderful time in my life and I will always appreciate that record to the extent that I do no matter how many users derail me for it. What's it to you?
This gives greater insight. I can appreciate and understand that. Transatlanticism is that album for me.
"Exile On Main Street, Sticky Fingers, Aftermath, Get Yer Ya-Yas Out"
Never heard... It just seems like you focus mostly on pop, which is fine. I personally am very much into post-rock and indie though. As far as A&A go, I too love the Adventure, but It Hurts is where it's at. I just can't see that album anywhere near a 5, perhaps a 3.5.
It just seems like you focus mostly on pop, which is fine
Uhh...we just finished discussion in a Cynic thread, in which I rated Traced in Air pretty highly. I was recently digging La Dispute. My last review was of Clutch's latest. I love pop music, but really, it's definitely not my main focus.
The most important thing about the Stones is that they're a live band. To many nowadays in my opinion focus solely on their studio releases and leave the live intimacy to its rare occasions.
And, yeah, Aftermath, Exile, Stick Fingers are great fun albums. Also take Tattoo You and Some Girls, oh and of course, Let It Bleed. I think the reason why people bore from their music is because of their relation to older music, and the fact that their so prolific.