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Mick Jagger - Very Best Of

Mick Jagger - Very Best Of

The acting, to a point, you can forgive. [b]Mick Jagger[/b]'s solo career, however, is a bit of a thornier issue. It was this, after all, which led [b]Keith Richards[/b] to spend a couple of years referring to the singer as "Brenda" – and which, unlike (i)Ned Kelly(i) or even (i)Freejack(i), nearly broke the [b]Rolling Stones[/b]. T

he evidence here suggests it may not all have quite been worth it. Undoubtedly there are high points – the great "Memo From Turner" and the long-bootlegged "[b]Too Many Cooks[/b]" – but for the most part, the music from his four solo albums reflects less Jagger's talents as a lyricist and interpreter, more his businessman's eye for prevailing trends.

Duly, even recent material – the [b]Garbage[/b]-like "God Gave Me Everything", for example – has not dated so well. As for the Linn drums and reverb on the '80s material? It's enough to make a grown man cry…

JOHN ROBINSON

Rating: 3 / 10

(Rhino)


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