Monday, June 25, 2007

No. 32: Let It Bleed

Band: The Rolling Stone
Album: Let It Bleed
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: Wow, um, I'm not sure. “Gimme Shelter” is a pretty amazing song. “You Can't Always Get What You Want” isn't terrible.
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: I guess I just don't get it. These songs are all decent, but there isn't anything all that interesting about them. Sweet, blues riffs. Good work.
Best song: “Gimme Shelter” and it isn't even close.
Worst song: “Country Honk” is total sewage. It's “Honky Tonk Woman,” but in a ridiculous actual honky tonk style.
Is it awesome?: Nope.

I don't like the Stones that much. Before this project, I had one proper album (“Beggar's Banquet”) and the singles box. The singles box (a three-disc set) is pretty good as all the good Stones records are singles.

“Let It Bleed” has all of two singles on it. The first, “Gimme Shelter,” is awesome. It's a cool protest song that utilizes a pretty cool rhythm. The second “You Can't Always Get What You Want” isn't any good. It relies on a stupid proverb type phrasing that has been so overdone since its release, you got tired of it ten years ago. It also has the dumb choir singing the chorus at the beginning,

The rest is just the Stones trying to sound like American bluesmen or traveling country troubadours. Neither is interesting to me and certainly not by a bunch of suburban London kids.


Anonymous said...

Interesting note: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was a response to The Beatles "Hey Jude." Jagger said he liked the song and the choir and that they might do something similar for their next record (their "next record" being Let it Bleed.)

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