Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Mick Jagger - Goddess In The Doorway (2001)

Dancing in the starlight....

  

Released on 19 November 2001

Running time 56.51

Mick Jagger solo albums were strange things - there was always something on them to enjoy, but Jagger found it almost impossible to distance himself from The Stones. The tracks often sound like the "Jagger" tracks on Stones albums, but with a few added bits of slick pop production - strings, synths, contemporary percussion, saxophones and the like - instead of Keith, Charlie and Ronnie. He often tries to sound contemporary in a bid to sound different from his alma mater, and in some ways this is to be lauded. But, however much I might like the tracks, and I do, I cannot help but think that this is Mick Jagger trying very hard to sound different to The Stones, while sounding exactly like Mick Jagger.

TRACK LISTING

1. Visions Of Paradise
2. Joy
3. Dancing In The Starlight
4. God Gave Me Everything
5. Hide Away
6. Don't Call Me Up
7. Goddess In The Doorway
8. Lucky Day
9. Everybody Getting High
10. Gun
11. Too Far Gone
12. Brand New Set Of Rules                           

Visions Of Paradise has an appealing, infectious syncopated rhythm and a big, catchy chorus, plus some sweeping strings in the background. Joy is one of those that could be on a Stones album in some ways. It rocks, is full of vibrancy and rhythm but I guess is different enough to make it a Jagger track as opposed to a Stones one. Either way, I like it. Dancing In The Starlight is a seductive, mid-pace typically Jagger sleek, slightly sleazy offering, a bit like Streets Of Love on A Bigger BangGod Gave Me Everything could easily be the Stones apart from the fact that there is more polish and less of a gritty edge to its backing.


Jagger uses those contemporary drum sounds on Hide Away with a slow and thumping "r 'n' b" style track, then it is back to a typical slow Jagger Stonesy ballad on Don't Call Me Up. His vocal is full of his Stones mannerisms on here. Goddess In The Doorway is an upbeat, acoustically riffy rocker full of that late night sleaze Jagger always does so well. Lucky Day is an appealing, modern-sounding rhythmic number, with a vague reggae meets dance sound to it. Everybody Getting High is a sort of punchy rock number with those grungy dance beats again. Gun starts with a Stones-like riff before it goes all clubby with a "beats per minute" style backing. It carries an anti-gun message. As I said, fair play to Jagger for trying to work these sounds into his songs.

Too Far Gone is a track you could imagine maybe being a Stones track, it has a great, powerful backing including some sumptuous organ breaks. Brand New Set Of Rules is another in the Streets Of Love style, structurally. It is an attractive, archetypal Jagger ballad.

The sound quality on the album is superb, effortlessly professional, a bit like Bryan Ferry's solo work. It is all very cool and glossy, but I have to say that, despite it having a fair few eighties echoes to it, I quite like the album. Wandering Spirit is better, though.

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