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BRIDGES TO BABYLON

Released - 1997, Virgin Records.   Produced by The Glimmer Twins, Don Was and others.

Personnel:

Mick Jagger - Lead and Backing Vocals;  Harmonica; Keyboards; Percussion; Guitars.
Keith Richards - Rhythm, Lead and Acoustic Guitars; Piano; Backing and Lead Vocals.
Ronnie Wood -  Rhythm, Steel and Slide Guitars.
Charlie Watts - Drums.

Additional Personnel:

Waddy Wachtel,  Jim Keltner, Darryl Jones, Jeff Sarli, Joe Sublett, Bernard Fowler, Blondie Chaplin, Jamie Muhoberac, Darrell Leonard, Billy Preston, Doug Wimbish, Benmont Tench, Pierre de Beauport, Wayne Shorter.

(Click on song for lyrics)

SONG OLD RATING                      NEW RATING*
FLIP THE SWITCH        6.4                                           6.3
ANYBODY SEEN MY BABY        6.5                                           7.2
LOW DOWN        6.5                                           6.4
ALREADY OVER ME        6.1                                           6.5
GUNFACE        6.7                                           6.7
YOU DON'T HAVE TO MEAN IT        6.1                                           6.8
OUT OF CONTROL        6.3                                           6.5
SAINT OF ME        9.2                                           9.0
MIGHT AS WELL GET JUICED        6.1                                           6.1
ALWAYS SUFFERING        6.0                                           6.0
TOO TIGHT        5.4                                           6.0
THIEF IN THE NIGHT        5.5                                           5.8
HOW CAN I STOP        4.9                                           5.0


MINI REVIEW

This album is nowhere near as bad as some fans make it out to be, in fact, I like it. Mick Jagger's voice still sounds great after all these years. "Saint Of Me" is a true classic, with an excellent guitar played by Waddy Wachtel. I also dig the song "Gunface" a lot too, plus "Low Down" and "Anybody Seen My Baby" are also real good.  

There are three problems with this album. One being that there's too many cooks in the kitchen. The Stones need to get back to their old ways, why did they use so many different producers on this LP? Two, the album is too long,  with Keith Richards' last tune, "How Can I Stop", sounding too much like 1980's "All About You", and sadly it isn't any better. I'm not crazy about "Too Tight" either, both songs could have been dropped. Finally, the last thing I don't like about B2B is no Bill Wyman on bass. Please come back Bill, you don't have to tour if you don't want to fly, but at least return to the studio and add that special touch on bass that's missing.

- Keno 1998

*Old Ratings vs. New Ratings

The old ratings that you see here were from back in 1998 when I first rated the album. Since time does change one's point of view, I decided to listen to and rate the album again, in 2004. You can see the difference isn't too great. Also note that I did not look at the old ratings until after I placed my new ratings here and also note that the above review was written in '98.

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