Twenty-four years after “Main Offender” the Rolling Stones guitarist publishes September 18 “Crosseyed Heart”, his third solo album. Neither of spite or out of necessity, just for fun. And coincidentally, it is his best.
A new album for the Rolling Stones? During an interview at the iHeartRadio Internet radio, then another interview with magazine Rolling Stone , Keith Richards explained that the group met recently in London and had agreed on the fact soon find themselves in the studio. “I would say at first glance that this could take place after the tour of South America in February. But you never know. We might as well go into the studio before Christmas. It is unlikely, Christmas is Christmas and all that. But hey, it is definitely in the pipeline “. The last album the Stones A Bigger Bang , 2005 date.
In 1985, Mick Jagger was recording She’s the Boss solo to prove that it could happen Stones. Three years later, Keith Richards engraved Talk is Cheap alone to demonstrate that he could not do without them. The nuance is huge and the conclusion was almost final. The Stones had beautiful pedal slightly in sauerkraut during the 80s, a Mick’s solo career was not necessary more. He lacked Keith and unique science of the riff. Richards, meanwhile, did not try to flare. His album, friendly, not blurred any track. With or without his band, guitarist remained a Stones in the soul, to the fingertips, aware of (touching) limits of his voice. His albums (second, Main Offender , was released in 1992) served only to maintain or recreate the desire to revive Stones machine. Mission accomplished (although the failure of poor Primitive Cool Jagger equally accelerated the process), the Stones took over the direction of the studio and the road stadiums around the world for a good fifteen years . Better, for two years they celebrate their fifty years of activity, frisky seventies have shown that flame and energy have not left them. And the title Doom and Gloom , unpublished great laché in 2012, has managed to make us salivate (like Pavlov’s dog, of course).
LAS, to the chagrin of Richards, Jagger, Charlie Watts (and others) seem in no hurry to get on with a new album. So, encouraged and stimulated by his favorite spare drummer Steve Jordan, Keith transplanted. And Crosseyed Heart , his first solo album in twenty-three, is certainly its best. Because it seems less of a frustration that fed a sense, communicative, appeasement. “Life”, his well-received biography (a global bestseller), in which he reveled in revisiting his incredible life, have also faced with its exceptional destiny qu’accompli. Today he is a brave survivor, both eternal white kid Dartford and veteran rocker as wise, worn and green as the masters of blues, country or rock and roll who opened his ears and track.
Crosseyed Heart, farting health album is an album that does not care a moment to fashion, just to unwind with tenderness and passion the only music that the vibrate. A disc written for fun, relaxation, yet worth much more than improved jams collection. Keith sings with a rare pleasure and therefore often better than usual, his usual buddies (Jordan, Waddy Wachtel, Ivan Neville and even for his final two sessions, its “twin” lamented Bobby Keys) and a pair of prestigious guests (Aaron Neville and organist Charles Hodges) accompanying him throughout this very honest musical CV.
Sometimes swashbuckling pirate, sometimes artichoke heart, it counterbalances the traditional Goodnight Irene , its countrysantes ballads romantic old trickster ( A Lover’s Plea ) or a rather poignant reading of the Love Overdue Gregory Isaacs with a pretty rosary stoniens boogies that have nothing drawers background ( Heartstopper, Amnesia, Trouble …). Interpreted by Keith and his band, they have already proud allure. Enough anyway to fill all those réenchantés by the concert at the Stade de France in 2014. And who knows, Mick bitten to the quick, and encourage them to seriously give a result, ten years later, A Bigger Bang .