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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Undercover and Dirty Work: No Respect

I can't say I was surprised when the oversized collector's edition CDs of the '70's Stones albums came out that the series ended with 1981's Tattoo You, but I was disappointed.

1983's Undercover is actually a very organic record.  1986's Dirty Work, not so much.  But, 1988's Steel Wheels is the first time that the audience had been kept at distance from their body of work.  The record is too slick from start to finish, as if hearing them through protective filters.  The Stones would never be the same to me again from this album on.  Even Keith's songs on Steel Wheels sounded like leftovers from his solo albums with The X-Pensive Winos, not like the oddball surprises of old.  But then, the past is where such surprises happened for all of the classic rockers anyway.  No blame to be had.  Just simply change ... the world had changed.