- Audio CD (Sept. 30 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Virgin Records Us
- ASIN: B000000WEZ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
|1. Flip The Switch|
|2. Anybody Seen My Baby?|
|3. Low Down|
|4. Already Over Me|
|5. Gun Pace|
|6. You Don't Have To Mean It|
|7. Out Of Control|
|8. Saint Of Me|
|9. Might As Well Get Juiced|
|10. Always Suffering|
|11. Too Tight|
|12. Thief In The Night|
|13. How Can I Stop|
Being of a certain age, I remember when "Satisfaction" first topped the charts. So my disappointment with this album does not stem from the foreshortened view of history that sometimes afflicts the young. It's actually a grown man's lament that a bunch of otherwise talented guys can't find the courage to grow up.
Bridges to Babylon is a paean to arrested adolescence. It is dumb, transparent and banal. It repeats everything the boys were screaming about decades ago, except that the "boys" are now senior citizens.
It is important that I make myself clear about this: I believe that growing old is one of life's gifts. I have no desire to revert to youth. Been there done that. But surely if growing old is to have any significance, it must involve an evolution for the better: the deepening of wisdom and the amassing of experience.
This album contains none of these things. It doesn't even make a passing bow to nostalgia or reflection. Just inane songs about how desirable, mysterious and dangerous women are. The stuff third-rate poets have been nauseating about for thousands of years, and the Stones for going on forty.
It took the Beatles less than seven years to progress from the frivolity of "She Loves You" to the introspection of "Let It Be". We saw them find wisdom before our eyes. It was wondrous to grow up with them.Read more ›
Both the album and the single went to #3 in the US, and the sultry "Anybody Seen My Baby?" is probably the best song here, but it's far from being the only good one.
"Too Tight" and "Low Down" are solid, swaggering blues-rock. The tough hard rock song "Flip The Switch" is one of the Stones' fastest ever tracks, 160+ beats per minute, and Charlie Watts powers along like a train.
The slow rock ballad "Already Over Me" is moody and highly effective, sporting excellent lyrics and a superb, lean arrangement.
And then there's the swinging reggae "You Don't Have To Mean It", sung by Keith Richards, the neo-funk of "Saint Of Me", and the soulful ballads "Always Suffering" and "Like A Thief In The Night".
"Bridges To Babylon" is better than anything the Rolling Stones put out in the 80s (with the exception of "Steel Wheels"). Classic Stones without sounding tired. Great production, great musicianship, and three lead vocals by Keith Richards! What more can you ask for?