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A Bigger Bang [Explicit Lyrics]

The Rolling StonesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 6, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B000A7Q27I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rough Justice
2. Let Me Down Slow
3. It Won't Take Long
4. Rain Fall Down
5. Streets Of Love
6. Back Of My Hand
7. She Saw Me Coming
8. Biggest Mistake
9. This Place Is Empty
10. Oh No, Not You Again
11. Dangerous Beauty
12. Laugh, I Nearly Died
13. Sweet Neo Con
14. Look What The Cat Dragged In
15. Driving Too Fast
16. Infamy

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It should come as no surprise that it took sex, disease and death to shake the Rolling Stones out of their latest creative dry spell. Leading up to the making of A Bigger Bang, produced by Don Was, Mick Jagger endured a very public break-up with Jerry Hall, Charlie Watts battled throat cancer, and Ron Wood was devastated by the news of his ex-wife's suicide. Out of their collective struggles, the members of the venerable British rock band managed to piece together some of their best work in nearly two decades. It's a slick, slightly uneven affair bounding from raunchy blues to MOR rock songs that sound suspiciously like they were left over from the Alfie soundtrack, yes, but it also sounds vital at every turn. Even though they don't really need to, the jet-set vagabond rockers plunge into hot-button politics ("Sweet Neo Con"), rummage through their dirty laundry ("Oh No, Not You Again") and dip cautious toes back into ridicule-tempting "Miss You"-style funk ("Rain Fall Down"), without making any major missteps unless you count the ewwwww-factor of a 61-year-old Keith Richards singing "Come on honey, bare your breasts and make me feel at home" on "This Place Is Empty." --Aidin Vaziri

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A Bigger Bang is an ambitious, wide-ranging collection of hard-hitting, high-powered rock and blues songs. Running a full sixteen tracks, it is the band's longest new album since 1972's Exile on Main Street. Key cuts include 'Streets Of Love', 'Rough Justice' and 'Back Of My Hand', a raw, rough-edged new song in the classic Rolling Stones blues style. A Bigger Bang was produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins. Virgin. 2005.

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123 of 138 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lives Up to the Hype September 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is nothing short of a godsend for Stones fans. On first spin, it is clear that the band is in fine form: energized, inspired, and in control. I suspect that after a week or two, some of the "this is a new classic," "five-stars" fervor will settle down for most people and turn into a clearer view that this is a rock solid, four-star, excellent outing.

The production is outstanding. You can hear everything clearly: the grit of what's left of Keith's voice; Mick's sneers; Charlie's unstoppable rhythms - and, best of all, the absolute best harmonica playing Mick has ever recorded.

This is what rock and roll can be in this day and age. It doesn't have to be the Next Big Thing, or even innovative necessarily. Rock and roll is the intangible thing that lives somewhere between a guitar and a voice and a drum beat that makes it all but impossible not to tap your foot and to feel a stirring in your gut. "Sweet Neo-con" has been getting most of the press, but right after that comes "Look What the Cat Dragged In," an all-out raver that just makes your jaw drop. The feeling you get when that song comes crashing in - when that whip comes down - that's rock and roll.

This is the Stones sound that we crossed our fingers and hoped for when we heard they had a new album coming out. My next wish: that they realize that a new cd doesn't have to mean a world tour and they go ahead and make some more real soon.
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324 of 397 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Are you coloring your hair with some new kind of dye? September 6, 2005
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Since the mid-80's, every time the Rolling Stones release a new studio album, a horde of yahoos publish reviews claiming the new disc is the best the band has done since Exile On Main Street. This is patently absurd and those reviewers need to be spanked.

A Bigger Bang is no Exile, it is not even in the league of Tattoo You but it is pretty darn good. I will go out on a limb and call it their best since Undercover.

Bigger Bang is a stylistically diverse set crowded with 16 tracks but other than one super-lame power ballad and a political rant thinly disguised as a song, none of the filler is really unwelcome and there are plenty of bright spots. How did they pull this off? It certainly is not due to any production magic by Don Was unless he was responsible for keeping it simple. This is the Glimmer Twins show 2005-style displaying enough confidence to bang out a record without an army of session guys and a mountain of overdubs.

The fun begins with the title and the "Fascination with the origin of the universe" press release. You can't call these guys snickering schoolboys anymore but a dirty joke from randy old goats is just as funny. More importantly, the music:

1) Rough Justice- An energetic rocker miles better than recent tripe like "You Got Me Rocking". Really good guitars. Although some of the verse-lyrics are stupid and despite the fact that Mick almost falls into his latter day habit of over-singing, the boys keep this one together marvelously. A good portent of things to come.

2) Let Me Down Slow- A well constructed mid-tempo pop rocker featuring good singing and reflective lyrics from an old dog still doing his thing. Features a lyric that could sum up this surprisingly good record: "Are you coloring your hair with some new kind of dye?
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe it! September 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Being a true blue Stones fan, I went out and bought A Bigger Bang the day it came out, just as I've done with every studio album since Undercover, and expected another good but unmemorable collection of Jagger/Richards songs packaged largely for true fans. Another excuse to go on tour and release another live album. But when I got home and put it in the CD player, I was shocked. This is The Rolling Stones! You can almost hear Mick's wry grin in the double entendre of Rough Justice. The "don't let the door hit ya" attitude of It Won't Take Long. The funky, almost disco feel of Rain Fall Down. The full blown blues of Back of My Hand, those boys always could play the blues. The searing political comment of Sweet Neo Con. Keith's sad lament in This Place is Empty and Infamy. Who would believe The Stones put out a real album of hits? I hope it gets airtime, because this better than most on the radio today.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stones still have plenty of kick left. September 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to 'A Bigger Bang' for over a week now.

Overall, I think it's the Stones doing what they do best, and if you're not somebody who thinks their last worthwhile album was 'Exile On Main Street', you will find much to appreciate and enjoy.

It's pretty much stripped down gritty rockers with Keith Richard's raspy and raw guitar playing happily present in great abundance.

Among other revelations is Mick playing SLIDE GUITAR on several numbers, and he's surpisingly quite good at it. (Ron Wood contributes his signature slide also on many tracks.)

There are one or two requisite ballads (pretty good), and a couple of 'funk' tracks (good too), but mostly it's just the five Stones chugging away in typical glorious Stones fashion like they're playing in some dank, smokey barroom or club.

Even Keith's two songs sound like Stones songs and not 'X-Pensive Winos' outtakes like they have on recent albums.

I think it holds up very well with the Stones best work, and at the same time, hangs in there with other good stuff out there these days (I'm also a large fan of The White Stripes and Greenday).

Personally, I'm pleased the Stones have ditched the horns, backup singers, and 'pro-tools' style production on 'A Bigger Bang'. Many tracks sound almost like 'live demos', with a minimum of over-dubbing. This is the Rolling Stones as they are best experienced, and a reminder why they ever mattered in the first place.

Listen to it with an open mind, and disregard all the moronic commentary going around about the Stones being 'too old' to cut it anymore.

If you like the Stones, and just gritty, raw and honest rock and roll, the Stones show they can still deliver the goods with this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The song Sweet Neo Con was written about GW Bush administration.
The song Sweet NecCon was written about the GW Bush administration. Before you accuse Mick Jagger of being a liberal, remember that just because one opposes neoconservatism does... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Edward Rubinstein
4.0 out of 5 stars a bigger bang was a small bang
it was a pretty good item but wasn't as good as I hoped . I still enjoy it . would recommend for the price
Published 4 months ago by gcenters
4.0 out of 5 stars The Stones don't disappoint
With A Bigger Bang, the Stones once again prove they're the most consistent band in rock and roll. This album isn't as diverse as Voodoo Lounge or Bridges To Babylon, but it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John Alapick
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to Hear.
Someone wanted to know where Start Me Up and Brown Sugar were. Well, I'll go with Sweet Neo Con over Start Me Up anyday. Direct, pissed off and not mincing words. I like Mr. Read more
Published 7 months ago by William Dunlap
3.0 out of 5 stars A lesser bang
Big Rolling Stones fan and attended all concerts including this one but somewhat dismayed at cd I'm glad I have it but they've had better ones
Published 11 months ago by Lollie Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Rested, Refueled, and Rockin'!
I enjoyed this CD very much when it was first released a few years ago. What a refreshing blast of raucous roll! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I was weened on the stones, they sung my to sleep as a child. Now I'm in a stones cover band 40 yrs later. And this is incredible. Buy it
Published 19 months ago by " The Dude "
4.0 out of 5 stars Give this album a chance
I purchased this album recently thanks to a growing interest in more of their catalog. The album is pretty enjoyable from top to bottom. Read more
Published 23 months ago by beatles88
5.0 out of 5 stars the rolling stones
at first when i bought this CD i thought that there would be some old songs none sounded familiar to me other then that a great CD.
Published on September 7, 2012 by al
5.0 out of 5 stars My second copy
I'm waiting for the complete Rolling Stones to come out. Until then, I'm ensuring that I have my favorite albums in perfect working order.
Published on November 19, 2011 by RR in DC
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