The Rolling Stones' last studio album (so far), and its first single, "Anybody Seen My Baby?", created quite a fuss when it came out back in 1997. But it's been sort of forgotten since then, and that's a bit of a shame, because "Bridges To Babylon" is actually a tight, energetic rock n' roll record with several really good moments along the way.
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?