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Bridges To Babylon

3.6 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 30 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000WEZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

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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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Format: Audio CD
After three decent but unsatisfying albums in a row-86's "Dirty Work", 89's "Steel Wheels" and 94's "Voodoo Lounge", the Stones had sort of lulled me into believing that these types of albums were all we would ever get from them again. But in 1997, they shocked the hell out of me and released their best overall album since "Some Girls" in 1978. Every song on here is great and every musician in the band shines on every song, including the newest Stone,Bass player Darryl Jones. There is hard rock("Flip the Switch"), funk ("Anybody Seen My Baby"),soulful ballads("Already Over Me","How Can I Stop") and one of their best funky blues numbers "Might As Well Get Juiced",given a 90's techno twist by The Dust Brothers that pushes it over the top. Supposedly, Mick and Keith fought a lot over using different producers on this project and even stopped speaking at one point(what else is new?), but their conflict and drama led to some of their most brilliantly dramatic and conflicted music in a long time.The tour that accompanied this album was record breaking and musically was one of their best and this album was successful, but given the level of the material, should have been much more so.
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The thing is, they were always the choice of the highbrows. While The Beatles spoke to the masses, the Stones were always favoured by the college crowd. Yet, it was the Beatles who evolved and deepened and matured, and who had the wisdom to quit before the well ran dry. The Stones are still going at it forty years later. Not going strong, just going through the motions. Their well dried up years ago.
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.
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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?
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Ever since I saw the Stones on their 40 Licks tour, I've been going back through their catalog and exploring their music beyond the hits that I already knew. Although it doesn't quite reach the flawless and unattainable heights of _Beggar's Banquet_, _Bridges to Babylon_ is a very strong album, and certainly their best since _Some Girls_.
"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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