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Goat’s Head Soup – The Rolling Stones

Goat’s Head Soup

(1973), 7.5/10
Goat’s Head Soup is widely seen as a return to the pack by The Rolling Stones, after a few years of outstanding releases. It feels less like a unified album than the records that came immediately before it, and more like a collection of whatever songs Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had lying around. Due to tax and legal issues, the band were unable to record in the UK, and Goat’s Head Soup was recorded in short bursts in Jamaica and The Netherlands. The Jamaican influence is most noticeable in the opening ‘Dancing With Mr D’, with its tales of voodoo and funky percussion.

Mostly it’s the gentle material that leaves the biggest impression on Goat’s Head Soup – the acoustic anguish of ‘Angie’ was the first single, while ‘Winter’ and ‘Coming Down Again’ are also pretty and delicate. ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)’ is punctuated by horns, while ‘Star Star’ is notably profane and sleazy even for The Rolling Stones.

Goat’s Head Soup marks the end of an era for The Rolling Stones – it was their last album with producer Jimmy Miller, while guitarist Mick Taylor would soon leave the band as well. While it’s a large step down from Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St., it’s still stronger than most of the material The Rolling Stones have released since 1973.

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