Congratulations to The Rolling Stones for winning a Grammy last night in the “Best Traditional Blues Album” category for “Blue & Lonesome” — dare we say that we pretty much called it in our December 2016 review essay examining the first Stones album that we had been excited to hear in a very long time. By the way, somewhat incredibly, last night’s win marks the band’s first proper Grammy, not counting the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ hardware they were finally awarded in 1986 after being snubbed their entire career. Who knows? Maybe a few wise voters read “RPM”‘s take and realized the error of their old ways (but you smart subscribers knew better, of course). Cheers guys!
Finally it can be said. This is the Rolling Stones album we’ve all wanted them to make (‘we’ meaning those of us who care, or cared, about the Stones at any point, that is): a blues album that gets back to the band’s bedrock rhythm and roots foundation. An album made quickly — not too fussed over or fidgeted with — and played with verve and guts and heart and feeling. (Call it soul if you wish). An album more scuffed than shiny. An album constructed from chemistry and genuine, old fashioned inspiration rather than the misguided calculation that modern and sleeker is better. That may work when plotting gargantuan world tours, but rarely does it work well for Stones records. (When I read that “Blue & Lonesome” was cut in three days I felt something akin to excitement begin to stir inside me).
Even taking into account that the…
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