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It's Only Rock 'N' Roll

The Rolling Stones

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Mick Jagger spent the ‘70s trying on new styles and trying to keep his band together. This would be guitarist Mick Taylor’s last album with the group, and his fluid playing enhances the band’s slash-and-burn aesthetic throughout most of it. There’s a ferocity to “If You Can’t Rock Me,” but Taylor can be best heard on the gorgeously melodic “Time Waits for No One.” The album is deliciously diverse, from the Motown swagger of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and the classic Stones rip of “Dance Little Sister” to the hard rock reggae of “Luxury” and the striking ballads “Till the Next Goodbye” and “If You Really Want To Be My Friend.” The Stones intuitively understood what was demanded from a band in the ‘70s and found a way to deliver it without losing their signature sound. Jagger emerges as the prototypical rock ‘n’ roll singer, phrasing ingeniously and leading with a well-deserved smirk, especially on the Ron Wood–inspired title track. They have a laugh with the backroom goof of “Short and Curlies” and tighten up for the apocalyptic funk of “Fingerprint File.”

Customer Reviews

Til The Next Goodbye

Underrated ballad. One of their best.

Good but not nearly as great

To me this was where the stones were doing two things 1.submitting to becoming what their critics had always accussed them of being, a a blues band whose music was what much deeper than the credit each listener gave it. 2. Accepting the fact that with the newer rock scenes coming in the 70s they could expect to be making great impact on the latest rock trends anymore. That is the feeling I got throughout this entire album their is a godd fun beat to it all but not an effort to change what they were doing (i. e. most of the magic is gone)

Biography

Formed: April, 1962 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time the Rolling Stones began calling themselves the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the late '60s, they had already staked out an impressive claim on the title. As the self-consciously dangerous alternative to the bouncy Merseybeat of the Beatles in the British Invasion, the Stones had pioneered the gritty, hard-driving blues-based rock & roll that came to define hard rock. With his preening machismo and latent maliciousness, Mick Jagger became the prototypical rock frontman,...
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