Thursday, August 04, 2011
I don't see the point of putting Joss Stone, David Stewart, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman in a room with Mick Jagger, although I can understand why Jagger might think it's a swell plan. The result, it seems to me, is just about what always happens when Mick Jagger is in a room with anyone other than Keith Richards: Mick swells up and pushes everyone else to the corners of the room, while remaining essentially empty himself. At this late date there is no point in denying his ability as a singer-- he is expressive, rhythmic and sly. He essentially defines an important category of rock'n'roll vocal. It is a bit of a waste to hear him in a reggae context. He's been doing that forever, and if a different band can't push him, why is he working with that band? Judge for yourself: here's a stream of Super Heavy doing "Miracle Worker". Other than the name, which is stupid, there is nothing wrong with it. I guess I understand why Joss Stone has become the go-to Brit Soul singer, and they sound like they are having fun.