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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 Years and Still Rolling
Having read all the previous reviews slamming the Stones for their age and lack of feel, I am compelled to defend the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World. I think it is widely agreed upon that the Stones' prime was '68-'72 (Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street). With that in mind, every album before and after has been inferior...
Published on January 21, 2000 by B. L. Vor Broker

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3.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous album, but calculated and too many cooks!
Leaving behind the embarrassing smut of "Voodoo Lounge", the Stones made an admirable effort at experimentation with "Bridges to Babylon". Although it's interesting to hear their bluesy sound blended with techno effects, the record still works best with the classic Stones tradition of "Too Tight", a great rocker, "Out of Control"...
Published on October 11, 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars 35 Years and Still Rolling, January 21, 2000
Having read all the previous reviews slamming the Stones for their age and lack of feel, I am compelled to defend the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World. I think it is widely agreed upon that the Stones' prime was '68-'72 (Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street). With that in mind, every album before and after has been inferior. Bridges to Babylon, being a good 25 years after their prime, cannot be compared to the greatness of the Great Four. The fact that a group of 50+ year old men, who have been through what the Stones have been through (drugs, alchohol, the spotlight since they were 20), can even put out an album is in itself a great accomplishment. In Bridges to Babylon, the Stones show few signs of age. They rock when they need to (Flip the Switch, Out of Control, Saint of Me) and Keith is at his best with 3 superb songs proving that at least he still has the heart rather than greed. Bridges to Babylon is not going to be like the Stones were in their prime. This is post-70's Stones at arguably their best. Anyone who disagrees either never liked the Stones in the first place or just put them down because they are old. If you people didn't know their age or past greatness, your reviews would be much better. I think we are all thankful that the Stones didn't quit in the 70s, and Bridges to Babylon proves it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DESERVED MORE ATTENTION AT THE TIME. IN RETROSPECT, JUDGED ON ITS OWN MERITS, IT'S ONE OF THE BEST!, September 4, 2005
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Boss Fan (Take a Right at the Light, Keep Going Straight Until Night) - See all my reviews
A psudo-sequel to their similarly under-rated "Voodoo Lounge," The Stones'"Bridges To Babylon" is similar in tone and content (which is a good thing), but has less of the lulls and clutter that plagued that previous effort in spots (which is an even better thing). "Bridges" is fast-paced, straight-ahead rocker full of diverse and atypical Stones tracks. Never do we not know we are listening to the Stones, but we are often surprised at what we are hearing from them. Witness "Might as Well Get Juiced." It's not just the more experimental cuts that will leave listeners pleasently surprised, but the hard-edge return to old-school-Stones form that pops up from time to time. "Gunface," for instance, is the type of seathing, "Jumpin' Jack Flash/Gimme Shelter" cut the band used to turn out so effortlessly. While nothing here is admittedly at the level of those classics, that is certainly no reason to miss out on an all around great album. Compaired to the high standards of classic Stones cuts it may not stand out much, but compared to almost all of their albums from the previous decade, and to any album from any band at the time, "Bridges to Babylon" is far and away at the top of its class. "Out of Control" and "Saint of Me," however, do, to these ears, rank among the bands' classics. And Keith closes the album with two wheezy ballads that should grind the whole affair to a screetching hult; and undoubtably would from almost anyone else. Somehow it not only works, but stands up with the rest of the album, even towing over the two ballads Mick submits. "Bridges" is an ambitious amalgam of different musical styles all poured through a Rolling Stones filter. The result is never less than an enjoyable classic rock and roll listen - done by the band best at doing it - and it is often a lot more.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT THEIR BEST BUT DARN CLOSE!, October 7, 1998
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G. J Wiener (Westchester, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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Whereas Bridges To Babylon is not on the same playing field as Beggars Banquet and Exile, this recording has much high quality material. Besides catchy straight ahead rockers(Out Of Control, Two Tight), there are many other elements present here including a nice touch of techno(Anybody Seen My Baby, Might As Well Get Juiced). Keith's contributions are excellent specifically the regaae flavored You Don't Have To Mean It. The difference between this albums and the Stonefs best works is that every track is loaded with contributions from studio musicians. The old days it was purely the fab five with occasional contributions from Billy Preston, Bobbie Keys, and a few others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous album, but calculated and too many cooks!, October 11, 1999
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Leaving behind the embarrassing smut of "Voodoo Lounge", the Stones made an admirable effort at experimentation with "Bridges to Babylon". Although it's interesting to hear their bluesy sound blended with techno effects, the record still works best with the classic Stones tradition of "Too Tight", a great rocker, "Out of Control" which is a gripping glimpse into the whole crossroads myth (is Mick trying to tell us something?)and "Saint of Me" which has great Keith riffs (reminds me of the Let it Bleed LP) and revelatory lyrics from Mick. Jagger hasn't sounded this self-aware than since "Wandering Spirit. Keith's "Don't Have to Mean It" could've waited for another solo album, and the loveliness of "Already over Me" is soured by Mick's tiresome fake southern drawl. OK, it worked on "Honkytonk Women", but enough already! The worst offering here is "Gunface", a brutal song about blowing your woman's head off, or at least making her think you will. It's vicious lyrics are irresponsible. Keith's savage guitar riffing makes the song a celebration, which to me is evil. But the Stones being evil is what appeals to some people; to me it's just immature. Anyway the LP ends with the compelling "Thief in the Night", and the soothing "How Can I Stop" both from Richards. Oh, and the opener, "Flick the Switch" rocks awkwardly, and is another Jagger "give me a jumpstart" clone of Start Me Up. Too many backing musicians and producers on this disk; why is Waddy Wachtel playing guitar on nearly every track? Strip it down for the next one boys, I like to hear some space between the sounds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockin Blues At Any Age!, January 3, 2001
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Susan F. Vidoni (Meadville, PA United States) - See all my reviews
We were lucky enough to see the Stones live in the fall of 1997 (Columbus, OH) and spring of 1999 (Cleveland, OH) to support this cd, and overall think it's a great example of a band moving and grooving to the times...not only was it awesome to see a band still intact after 35 years, to know they can still write and perform like no others is inspiring. 'Saint of Me' is my pick of the cd...classic Mick Jagger posturing...still fresh writing after over 3 decades of rock and roll classics...'Flip the Switch', 'Might As Well Get Juiced', and 'Out of Control' all rocked the stage, and Keith still proved he can ballad with the best of them on 'Thief in the Night'. 'Has Anybody Seen My Baby?' was a bad example of what they're capable of, but unfortunately, today's radio demands pop til you drop before you get any air time. Even at their worst, their better than most of the other so called 'rock' available today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS ALBUM IS A KILLER!!!!!!!, September 1, 1999
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Y'know if the Stones had just released "Exile" for the first time, most people would be out there griping that it wasn't as good ". .as the old stuff". Ugh! "Bridges Over Babylon" continues to show the Stones are forever moving forward, and more importantly, writing great songs. This one is PACKED with classics!! "Already Over Me" and "Always Suffering" are downright beautiful and "Gunface" and "Too Tight" are as exhilarating as anything rock music's got to offer. I also LOVE "Might As Well Get Juiced", which out-cools the competition easily. I hope these guys continue 'til they're in their nineties! Much respect to a great Rock'n'Roll band still on the prowl! Peace out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Stones Effort Since "Tattoo You"., November 5, 1999
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You know, looking at the embarassing state of rock music today, I'd give an arm and a leg for a new Rolling Stones album. With "Bridges to Babylon", this ageless band DELIVERS. Ok, it is 1999, and obviously the Stones pretty much peaked creatively with 1970's "Sticky Fingers", and then came close to that rise again with 1978's "Some Girls", and then delivered just a plain top-notch rock record with 1981's "Tattoo You". But for the record, "Bridges to Babylon" is as close as you can get to a Rolling Stones masterpiece in the 1990's. After seeing the boys on the "No Security" tour a few months back, it simply amazes me that four guys in their mid-50's can put on a more entertaining, energetic, exciting, and worthwhile show than any modern garbage "rock" acts can. With "Bridges", the Stones put their live sensibilities into the studio and along with some cool experimentation, craft an album the both rocks in traditional Stones style, and feels fresh and modern at the same time. The songs on "Bridges" are some of the best that the Jagger/Richards team has come up with in a while, even if they haven't changed their basic structures for some 30 years. Those big fat Richards riffs adorn rockers like "Flip the Switch", "Gunface", "Low Down" and the absolutely magnificent "Saint of Me". Keith may not be a virtuoso, but he wisely sticks to what he's good at. But the really interesting (for the Stones anyway) stuff are the more "razzled" cuts. Theres some sweet wah-wah pedal work by Ronnie Wood on the excellent "Out of Control", which is awesome live, and some reggea flavorings on "You Don't Have to Mean it". Mick can still croon like the devil on the fuzzy, mid tempoe, electronic edged "Might as Well Get Juiced", and his trademark "Jaggeresque" sway that millions of wannabes have copied can practically be heard on "Too Tight" and "Anybody Seen my Baby?". And special praise needs to go to swing man Charlie Watts, the legendary "Quiet Stone", whose killer drumming OWNS this album. Just listen to his intro on "Flip the Switch", and that beat on "Might as Well get Juiced", WOW! Charlie's drumming anchors this album like no other Stones effort. Any drummers out there, listen to "Bridges" and take a hint from the master. Now Obviously the Stones days of real magic were back in the sixties, a time when they were still rock's imfamous bad boys. And a time when I wasn't even thought of, but don't count them out just because it's 1999, because I'll take a new Rolling Stones record over any trash that Korn or Rage Against the Machine could put out. And with albums like "Bridges to Babylon", we need not worry about the world's "greatest rock n roll band" running out of quality material anytime soon.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good album, December 7, 1999
I wish everybody would just stop bad mouthing the Stones because I don't think this album is that bad and I'm not goin to be a disloyal jerk and put it down just because they're getting a bit old. True its not as good as Exile(what could be?) But you don't have to act like they should commit suicide or something. I thought Anybody Seen My Baby was an excellent song. The rest of the songs were also pretty good, especially Keiths. I don't like Bridges quite as much as I like Voodoo Lounge but I don't despise it neither.I think its pretty cool that after all these years they still sound like their in their 20s and they can still get out on the road and tour and that Mick is still so energetic and can dance around like he did when he was younger. So I say, Long Live The Stones!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope I age this well., January 5, 2001
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Tom (Palatine, IL USA) - See all my reviews
The Stones' worst enemy is their legacy. How hard can it be to constantly be compared to "Exile on Main Street," and "Tatoo You?"
The insanity is that the Stones have made it impossible to surpass themselves.
That said, this album is a gem. Why compare it to anything? There is some silly, loud pop fun (Flip the Switch,) and some goofy entertainment (Keith's "You Don't Have to Mean it,") but there is also some rare gold.
"Saint of Me" begs comparison (which I just promised not to do) to the Stones' more epic tomes like "Sympathy for the Devil," and "Gimme Shelter."
I found myself liking this album more each time I listend to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Come On Guys, Lighten Up!, January 11, 2000
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When is everyone going to realize that this band cannot and probably never will release anything on par with Exile, Beggars, Let it Bleed or Sticky Fingers? It just won't happen. Having said this, there simply is not one album by the Stones that is not worth owning if you are a fan. This album happens to be their best effort since Tattoo You. Of course there are a few songs that are not too memorable but there are some great ones like gunface, too tight and as per usual-Keith's numbers are fantastic. If you are a Stones fan this is a must have, trust me. I love to talk music, e-mail me at rots54@hotmail.com.
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Bridges to Babylon by The Rolling Stones (Audio CD - 1997)
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