Blue and Lonesome by The Rolling Stones

C. Kinsley
December 4, 2016

RATING:

83

%

TRACKS:

12

LABEL:

Polydor

RELEASE DATE:

12/02/2016


The Rolling Stones is a band from London that formed in 1962. Members include Mick Jagger (Vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Ronnie Wood (guitar), and Charlie Watts (drums). Additional artists include Chuck Leavell (keyboards), Darryl Jones (bass), Eric Clapton (slide guitar/guitar), Jim Keltner (percussion), and Matt Clifford (keyboards). Blue & Lonesome is their twenty-third studio album release. 

Returning to their early blues influences, the Stones release a collection of covers from the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Little Walter and Memphis Slim. The songs are solid throughout and should easily appeal to most loyal Stone fans. I felt Richard's performances came across sounding a little weary at times, and I was hoping for a bit more dynamic interplay between him and Jagger. But Jagger's vocals sound amazing here, fully immersing himself in the moment, demonstrating at 73 he's still quite capable of captivating an audience. Blue & Lonesome may not add anything new to the enduring legacy of one of the world's most prolific rock bands, but there's no denying how much better they sound with material that helped influence their early music. Standouts include "Just Your Fool," "Commit A Crime," "Blue and Lonesome," "Hate To See You Go," and "I Can't Quit You Baby (feat. Eric Clapton)." While Blue & Lonesome never quite soars musically, it is still a very satisfying listen coming from the Stones, particularly in Jagger's exciting performance alone.

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