The Rolling Stones Deliver Must-Hear Album in 2023 – A Record You’ll Spin Over and Over
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The legendary Rolling Stones have gifted the world with a musical gem in 2023. Their latest album, Hackney Diamonds (set to release on October 20), stands as a testament to their enduring brilliance, proving that age is no barrier to creating electrifying music. This album isn’t just another addition to their repertoire; it’s a vibrant and cohesive masterpiece that will have you hitting the replay button over and over again.
The Stones’ last original material, apart from their 2016 blues covers record, was way back in 2006 with A Bigger Bang.
While the world wondered if we needed another album from them, the Stones, seemingly rejuvenated, answered with a resounding yes. Hackney Diamonds is a collection of old-school bangers, defying expectations and reminding us why we fell in love with the Stones in the first place.
Under the guidance of the first-time Stones producer Andrew Watt, the band’s sound has never been crisper. Keith Richards’ and Ron Wood’s guitars echo with newfound vitality, shedding the sloppy strumming of the past. Mick Jagger, the iconic frontman, delivers vocals that range from snappish to insouciant, each lyric dripping with attitude. The album’s lead single, “Angry,” showcases Jagger’s raw energy as he spits out lines that cut through the air, making it clear that the Stones are far from mellowing out.
One of the album’s standout tracks, “Live by the Sword,” features drummer Charlie Watts, who contributed to the recording before his passing in 2021.
In this song, Jagger’s snarl harmonizes perfectly with the roaring guitars, transporting listeners to an era long past. The Stones have masterfully balanced pop sensibility and rock essence, creating an album that feels both familiar and refreshingly new.
Steve Jordan, stepping into Watts’ shoes on the drums, brings his own dynamic flair to the album. The collaboration between Jagger’s pop-driven vocals and Richards’ rock-inspired guitar riffs reaches its peak in “Tell Me Straight,” a track that resonates with the essence of classic rock. Even amidst the catchy musicality, the Stones retain their signature edge, refusing to succumb to the clichés of age.
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While some contemporaries have chosen introspection in their later years, the Stones have opted for unyielding vigor.
Jagger’s lyrics, though not deeply philosophical, brim with an infectious enthusiasm for life. He offers glimpses into his contemplative side in tracks like “Whole Wide World,” where memories mingle with zig-zagging guitar melodies, and in “Dreamy Skies,” a heartfelt ode to escaping into the simplicity of the past.
In their exploration of sound, the Stones have struck a perfect balance between the familiar and the uncharted. Hackney Diamonds is more than just an album; it’s a sonic adventure, proof that rock and roll, like the Stones themselves, can age gracefully yet retain its rebellious spirit. Whether this marks the end of their musical journey or not, the Stones have left us with a vibrant record that captures the essence of rock, proving once again that their music, like a timeless diamond, continues to shine brightly.