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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: October 20, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B000000WJ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 999
2. Wicked As It Seems
3. Eileen
4. Words Of Wonder
5. Yap Yap
6. Bodytalks
7. Hate It When You Leave
8. Runnin' Too Deep
9. Will But You Won't
10. Demon

Editorial Reviews

His sophomore solo LP was arguably even stronger than his debut, charting in '92 thanks to rock-solid tunes like Wicked As It Seems; Eileen; 999 , and Runnin' Too Deep .

Customer Reviews

I had this album back in the 80/90's and it is recorded very well and songs are pretty good.
mike Crelly
It's tough in a forum like this because I hate to read how someone raves about a disc and then I go out and get it and I hate it.
Vincent Caster
Keith Richards is surrounded by an excellent group of musicians and a great vocalist that cradle his extraordinary talent.
Yvonne de Geus

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on August 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Recorded with the same band that backed Keith Richards on 1988's "Talk Is Cheap", "Main Offender" is more of the same no-frills guitar-driven rock n' roll.
It's not quite as consistent as its predecessor, perhaps, but "Main Offender" offers a handful of really great, tough rock n' rollers, like the #3 single "Wicked As It Seems", the driving "Will But You Won't" and the low-key "Hate It When You Leave". The Rolling Stones should play more of this kind of straight-ahead unassuming rock n' roll.

The best songs here are tighter and more focused than the ones on "Talk Is Cheap", and Richards' vocals are some of his best on record...check out the lean, mean riff-rockers "Eileen" and "Runnin' Too Deep", two of his best songs. And the production is excellent, clear and uncluttered without being slick or glossy.
There is a bit of filler here, sure, but fans of the Human Riff will definitely find this album worth their while. Songs like "Words Of Wonder", "Demon" and "999" may not leap right out and grab you by the throat, but Keith Richards sings and plays as well as he ever did, and "Main Offender" will grow on you if you give it half a chance.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Frederic Doucet on October 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album long time ago when it came out. At first, I did not think much of it, and that Wicked as it seems has a real nice riff. However, this album really grew on me, as it is very subtle yet fundamental. Great guitar, great lyrics. I find it a great album to listen to, in the same way as exile on main street, when one goes through the struggles of life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Although "Main Offender" to my ears is not as good as Keith's great "Talk is Cheap", at least he continues in that LP's classic-riff vein. If only the latest Stones albums were so true to their roots..."999" is a ferocious rocker, although I don't know what it's about. Don't tell me 999 is 666 upside down, I like to think it's about something else--someone write and enlighten me! "Wicked as it Seems" is dark, smoldering Keith, and "Eileen" is a good, catchy love song. Keith shows his love for reggae in "Words of Wonder", although I think it slows the LP down some, and "Yap Yap" ends side one at that leisurely pace. I wish there were more than 10 tracks, it would have given the LP more strength. "Hate it When You Leave" is a wonderful recreation of the Motown sound, and "Runnin' Too Deep" is a driving rocker that builds with intensity near the end. A fine sampler of Richards while he was waiting for Mick to get back to the Stones.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Cowan on January 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Simply the greatest Stones-relates LP since Exile. I have no idea why this didn't sell truck loads.

More muscular than Talk is Cheap and voice in fine fettle, it's all still there: the space, the funk, gospel, reggae, Chuck Berry, Hi, Motown, open tunings and drone, Memphis and above all The Blues, The Weaving and The Roll.

I'd love to hear a real weep-into-your-beer country LP, covers would be fine from the classics to the newer greats like Richmond Fontaine's brilliant Post to Wire.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Baker on January 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Keith boasts on "Wicked As It Seems" from Main Offender. The best album the Stones never made, it's better than anything they've put out in over a decade. Keith shows why his half of the Jagger-Richards tandem is the strongest with these ten solid tracks. The recent Stones' albums have suffered from excess, in that some of the weaker material isn't pared out, often to the detriment of the entire album. Conversely, this album is like a concise sucker-punch to the gut. Rockers like the explosive "999" and the sly "Wicked As It Seems" share space with the acoustic ballad "Demon", possibly the best such song since "Wild Horses". Keith's other influences shine here as well, most notably the Motown soul of "Hate It When You Leave" and the reggae number "Words of Wonder". "Eileen" is a spirited number in the manner of Happy". "Yap Yap" is a wry song about an overly-loquacious female friend. "Runnin Too Deep" and "Will But You Won't" are both riff heavy mid-tempo rockers.

Say what you will about Keith's voice, but it fits the material here in a way that a more polished instrument would not. Keith's band is both tight and loose all at the same time and brings a level of urgency to these songs that a Stones' album hasn't had for quite some time.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tom Hamburger on July 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
There is no denying it Main Offender is understated and charming. Keith Richards is a passionate musician, quite possibly a genius, a guru of beautiful and soothing riffs, for instance Demon and Words of Wonder are particularly striking. This album also has a hard edge to it, his unique brand of blues-rock. Because of its authenticity and passion it puts crass brit-pop, grunge. etc to shame. I eagerly await its follow-up, if ever there is one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By x on January 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
100% Keith Richards. Travel the wasteland, feel the riffs, and hold on tight, because this album is not for the meek. This is the best Keith Richards solo album, but it places strong demands on its listeners. Only those who are ready for the strongest, purest Keef riffs need to buy this album. Those who come from a weak gene-pool need not apply.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Serge Orwell on November 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
IMO this is a more seasoned album by Keith and the Winos than the first one. One of the best solo tunes ever by a Stone is on here "Hate it when you leave".
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