.
http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/754514f17f3616c6c63d911f296663b16db9fdb7.jpg Forty Licks

The Rolling Stones

Forty Licks

Virgin Records
Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 5 0
September 30, 2002

In the Sixties, they shouted and screamed and killed the king and railed at all his servants; in the Seventies, they gave it away on Seventh Avenue; in the Eighties, they did their dirty work, and they're still around today, celebrating forty years as the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. For their anniversary collection, the Stones pack forty songs onto two CDs, with only a little cheating ("Beast of Burden" and "Miss You" get heavily edited to fit), and they still leave you hungry for more. The selection is daring ("Fool to Cry," "Happy," "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby"). The pacing is brilliant, kicking off with the bang-bang-bang punch of "Street Fighting Man," "Gimme Shelter" and "Satisfaction." And the four new songs? Their toughest rock in years, especially "Don't Stop," a plea for emotional rescue, and Keith Richards' piano ballad "Losing My Touch," which he isn't.

Obviously, not even a forty-song Stones anthology could be complete. Fans of their brief yet tasty psychedelic period will miss "Dandelion," Eighties mall rats will mourn the fabulous "She's So Cold," and the hard-core Side Two-of-Tattoo You cultists (who really exist, believe me) will blow gaskets over the shameful omission of "Waiting on a Friend." But the music here is full of danger and surprise. Thrill to the Keith vs. Brian Jones guitar battle in the final minute of "It's All Over Now." Savor the self-parodic machismo of "Under My Thumb," where Mick Jagger flounces like a Siamese-cat-whipped gigolo over Bill Wyman's swishiest bass and Jones' cocktail-lounge marimba. Those torn and frayed harmonies. That Charlie Watts kick drum. It's all here.

prev
Album Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Madame George”

    Van Morrison | 1968

    One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com