At the turn of the 1970s, The Rolling Stones were at the peak of their powers, and delivered Sticky Fingers, an album steeped in sex, drugs, and rock and roll. With new lead guitarist Mick Taylor firmly ensconced in the band, The Rolling Stones were able to tackle epic blues rockers like ‘Can You Hear Me Knocking’. While The Stones’ attempts at country on Beggars Banquet felt like pastiches, perhaps as a result of the friendship between Keith Richards and alt-country pioneer Gram Parsons, on Sticky Fingers ‘Wild Horses’ and ‘Dead Flowers’ are substantial and among the many highlights.
Sticky Fingers hits most of The Rolling Stones’ stylistic range without over-reaching. There are straightforward rockers like the debauchery of ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Bitch’, and a lengthy, enthralling blues jam on ‘Can You Hear Me Knocking’, while the slightly slower ‘Sway’ is a favourite from among the group’s album tracks. ‘Wild Horses’ and ‘Dead Flowers’ are pretty, while ‘Sister Morphine’ boils with tension and ‘Moonlight Mile’ is a beautiful closer.
Confident and sleazy, Sticky Fingers is the epitome of classic rock, and it’s a career highlight for a legendary band.