It might have been right after the release of "Bridges To Babylon," or it might have been as early as "Voodoo Lounge," two Rolling Stones records I have no patience for, where I, and maybe millions of others said, "These guys should just strip down and make a blues record." I know I also said, "And get rid of that fucking Don Was," but I can't prove anyone else said that, too.
Well, December will bring us "Blue & Lonesome," the live-in-the-studio, stripped down blues record from the Stones we've all been clamoring for since "Emotional Rescue." The first single, "Just Your Fool" has already been released.
Why is it not what I wanted? Is it me? Yes, it's a blues song, with Mick blowing his harmonica, and Charlie pounding away. But it sounds like it belongs on "Bridges To Babylon." It's loud and brittle and sounds like 15 guys playing a blues tune at the end of an awards shows. Am I simply asking too much from these guys? Am I letting the baggage of past disappointments get in the way of what might be the best 2:30 of music these guys have released in 30 years? I don't know anymore. I do know, "Just Your Fool" is an unpleasant listen. There will be more songs to choose from, of course. But I'd love to know if you are hearing what I am hearing.