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Mick Jagger

Goddess in the Doorway

Review by Gary Hill

Mick Jagger has given us a winner in his new solo release Goddess in The Doorway. The album has both a modern texture and reflections of his Rolling Stones roots. It features several guest appearances, most notably, Pete Townshend, Lenny Kravitz, Wyclef Jean, Joe Perry and Bono. There are few complaints about the disc. The only ones that really come to mind are that the first track gets a bit heavy on the string arrangement, and the latter section of the album lags a little. It is a very competent piece of work that should definitely please Stones fans and those of classic rock in general.

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Track by Track Review
Visions of Paradise
With a verse based in a modern balladic sort of sound, this cut has just a touch of a country twang to it, and Jagger puts in a very solid performance. This could easily have been a Stones song. The string section is just a bit over the top, though.
Joy
Jagger is joined of vocals here by Bono (U2). This cut also would make a great Stones piece. It is a fun, mid-tempoed number that truly rocks out in places. Pete Townshend also guests on this one.
Dancing in the Starlight
This has a great mellow rock groove to it. It shows how much Jagger identifies with R & B in its soulfulness. This one works very well and has a powerful chorus. The strings are much more effective here.
God Gave Me Everything
Raw and bouncy, it is very clear from the sound of this song that Lenny Kravitz contributed to both the writing and performance. The hardest rocking cut on the album; it just doesn't have the depth of much of the rest of the material. The guitar solo has a very definite old Stones flavor.
Don't Call Me Up
Another ballad, this one has a classic sound and some fine lyrics. It's a great tune
Gpddess in the Doorway
A great rocking number, the lyrics to this one feel a bit like something Bob Dylan might write. It's one of the strongest cuts on the album.
Lucky Day
This killer number combines an awesome retro funk sound with Stonesish tendencies to create an awesome groove. This is definitely another standout cut.
Everybody Getting High
Joe Perry (of Aerosmith fame) puts in an appearance on this number. It is a good solid rocking cut with a sound that is part modern, part vintage Rolling Stones.
Gun
Another track with Pete Townshend lending his guitar skills, this has a cool modern sound with some funky textures. It is an unusual song and a nice change of pace. The chorus is more straightforward and less unique.
Too Far Gone
Joe Perry again guests here, this one having a classic Stones electric ballad sound. It gets fairly hard edged as it carries on and has a great retro organ sound. This is another winner.
Brand New Set of Rules
This is a mellow sort of balladic track. It's not overly strong, though. It does become rather lush in its arrangement as it carries on.
Hidden Track
The real closer is a short vignette that is kind of a distant lounge lizard sort of thing. It's not really a song, more just atmosphere.
 
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