What a pretty song, Superheavy. A quiet moment, perfect for a cool autumn day. Because when else is better for being wistful and romantic? Now, ‘wistful and romantic’ is far from my default setting, but neither do I have a heart of stone. Beautiful singing really gets me. If maybe Mick Jagger isn’t the first person who springs to mind when you think of pretty singing, plainly you don’t know Mick. He is one of the most versatile singers I know of, and when he’s being pretty, he’s very very pretty (and his singing is too). Let’s give a hand to Joss Stone, too. I never paid much attention to her before, but if Mick Jagger has picked her for a collaborator, she must be something, right? And she’s held her own. She sounds lovely. Maybe one day I’ll listen to one of her records. Damian Marley’s third verse doesn’t quite fit the mood, but he does offer a bit of humor, and shakes it up a little. All in all, a wonderful song, and again, I can’t recommend Superheavy enough times.
Oh and I guess it’s Skanksgiving, so happy that.
Superheavy is a gift to people whose favorite Rolling Stones song is Continental Drift. You may have noticed there’s been a dearth of fresh Stones material, excepting fancy reissues packed with decades-old outtakes. Fans speculate what, if anything the boys will mastermind for their 50th anniversary next year. You’ll also have noticed the strained notes in Jagger and Richards’ relationship. The old passionate friendship long ago cooled into a marriage of convenience, and last year Richards threw gasoline on the fire by saying some disparaging things about Jagger’s manhood in his autobiography. Jagger made an I-don’t-need-you move by promptly starting a whole new band. Luckily, Superheavy is anything but a throwaway. Jagger has teamed up with a motley crew alright; ex-Eurythmic turned super-producer Dave Steward, former next-big-thing soul diva Joss Stone, Marley scion Damian, and Bollywood film composer A.R. Rahman. It could’ve been a really weird blunder. It’s a surprise how damn well it works – each participant brings their own element, and they all gel. Jagger hasn’t sounded this enthused in years, trading verses with Stone and even happily digging into a Sanskrit chant. I’ve never cared for Stone’s caterwauling take of Fell In Love With A [Boy], which is what she’s mainly known for, but here she keeps down any melisma and holds her own. Stone and Stewart have both worked with Jagger before, so the big surprise is how well the new kids avail themselves. Rahman provides the aforementioned Sanskrit, and his own exotic vocals, while Marley emerges as an amiable MC. The video for the lead single Miracle Worker makes a no-doubt purposeful nod towards The Stones’ classic Waiting on a Friend video, with Jagger gathering his group on a battered stoop, presumably for a night’s carousing. Whether this is merely a reference to Jagger’s heavy legacy, or a pointed jab towards certain old partners is unclear. What’s clear is that Jagger’s lifelong thirst for trying new things again pays off, and he’s flourishing playing with a brand new team.
Unfortunately, UMG, whatever that is, is keeping Superheavy off YouTube. Choose an online streaming mode at Last.fm, or you could, like, purchase the album asap, omg.