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Bridges To Babylon
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|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|
ROLLING STONES Bridges To Babylon (1997 UK 13-track CD manufactured in Holland featuring their final studio album of the 1990s and their last full-length release of new songs until 2005s A Bigger Bang including the singles Anybody Seen My Baby Saint Of Me and Out Of Control complete with the fold-out picture / lyric sleeve inlay CDV2840)
En 1997, pour échapper à la routine, au lieu de s'enfermer dans un studio pour enregistrer tous ensemble, les Stones travaillent séparément avec plusieurs producteurs : l'inévitable Don Was, mais aussi les Dust Brothers (Beck, Beastie Boys) et Danny Saber, plutôt branché dance. Les invités aussi sont nombreux : Benmont Tench dépose quelques nappes d'orgue Hammond, Jim Keltner seconde son copain Charlie Watts, Me'Shell NdegeOcello joue de la basse sur le single groovy "Saint Of Me" et Wayne Shorter vient illuminer de son saxophone soprano une ballade jazzy de Keith Richards, "How Can I Stop". Mine de rien, les Stones passent le cap du millénaire avec deux trois tubes et une tournée mondiale à guichets fermés : pas mal pour des grand-pères. --Hubert Deshouse
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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?
"Gunface" is one of the hardest rocking songs the band has ever recorded, with nasty lyrics that make "Under My Thumb" look like a feminist peace anthem, and spectacular guitar from Keith Richards. It's the best track on the album, and deserves to me ranked among their classics.
Other standouts: "Saint of Me," "Out of Control," and the 3 songs sung by Richards. And check out Charlie Watts all over this album!
There are a few weak moments that sorta provide ammunition to critics who say the Stones have been repeating themselves for decades ("Too Tight," for example). Minus a couple tracks, this album would be a near-masterpiece. Even with the weaker links, it's still great, and is likely to remain in heavy rotation in my CD changer for quite a while.
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This is great rock by a great rock band. A lot of these reviewers are hung up trying to place this band in some historical or personal context. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Michael C. Braunberg
This is a great album....Do not compare it with previous Stones material....just compare it with some of the stuff that is being produced these days... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by MADC
After listening to this album, it is clear that the Rolling Stones have thoroughly worn out their welcome. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2003 by J. Saxton
yes Deep Purple, another contemporary classic heavy rock band from the 70's still surprise everyone until today with their latest Album bananas 2003. But Jagger and Co - Stones?? Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2003 by sonja
This more recent music from the Stones it just so happens,is actually some of the best they have recorded in quite some time. There is much to admire!! Read morePublished on May 23 2003 by Joan B. Montney
...but check this out: if Primal Scream or the Black Crowes recorded this cd, with songs like "Saint of Me," "Out of Control," "Too Tight" and "Flip the Switch," they would be... Read morePublished on April 22 2003 by Tyro
While none of the Stones albums are essential since 1981's Tattoo You (an album of exceptional out-takes), Bridges to Babylon is probably song for song the most listenable and... Read morePublished on April 9 2003 by adam david