The first album by the Rolling Stones in eight years, A Bigger Bang is simply the best Rolling Stones album since Some Girls (if not Exile On Main Street) and one of their best ever. A Bigger Bang is not a classicist effort, an attempt to sound modern, nor is it a calculated effort. This album is the sound of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts playing like they did in their 20s, as this foursome has finally gelled in their 60s (sorry, Wood was 58)!
Containing sixteen tracks in all, A Bigger Bang has the appearance of a double album along the lines of Exile On Main Street but hardly has the feel of one as there is an individual song structure. “Rough Justice,” “It Won’t Take Long,” “She Saw Me Coming,” “Oh No, Not You Again,” “Dangerous Beauty,” “Look What The Cat Dragged In,” and “Driving Too Fast” are all simply great rock ‘n’ roll by the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. “Rain Fall Down”is not only a rock song, it even has a beat that you can dance to, and I doubt this was intended by the group. “Streets Of Love” is one of their best ballads while “Let Me Down Slow,” “Biggest Mistake” and “Laugh, I Nearly Died” are among their most heart wrenching and revealing songs. “Back Of My Hand” is some of their best blues while “Sweet Neo Con” is not only great blues but is also one of their most political tracks as it takes a swipe at the U.S. government apparatus in place at the time. And of course there, are two winners by Keith Richards, the sentimental “This Place Is Empty” and the menacing closer “Infamy.” Not only is this one of the best Stones’ albums ever, it’s possibly the best straight-forward rock album of the 2000s.
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