The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome album review: rugged romance and twisted expectations

Thu, Dec 1, 2016, 14:56


Blue & Lonesome

The Rolling Stones



I suppose it’s like riding a bicycle - once learned you never forget, no matter how long it’s been. “Blue & Lonesome” is the retro album hardcore devotees of Sir Mick, Keef & co has been pining for - a return to the rhythm & blues with which they first lit the fuse over 50 years ago; proof that white boys (!) can (still) sing the blues (when allowed).

Now in their 70s, marshalled by veteran producer Don Was, the four core members, augmented by the likes of Eric Clapton, return to the well of original inspirations such as Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and Willie Dixon.

And it works a treat. Jagger, defying the years and playing lively harmonica, somehow inhabits these songs of rugged romance and twisted expectations while the band, dirty and lean, muscles merrily in behind him. A happy surprise - for a change.