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Not as good as Ron Wood's solo stuff
on June 24, 2013
Keith's two solo albums get a lot of praise in general, being considered generally much better than Mick's; no one, however, mentions Ron Wood's numerous solo albums, which are definitely the best of the three (four, if you count Mick Taylor's dull offering). Keith tends to get funky and experimental, to Wood's solid rock writing, and on Keith's first outing you get a bit of a jam feel with all sorts of unconventional song structures. There's weird bass sounds on the opening track "Big Enough", the weird string mutations of "Struggle", a relatively straight forward rocker, and then the odd '50s doo-wopabilly of "I Could Have Stood You Up" (the Stones never farmed this sort of Stray Cats territory). "You Don't Move Me", an ode to Mick Jagger, is a decent rocker, but it suffers from an overdose of backup vocals in the chorus, and a generally loose song structure. "How I Wish" is a nice song, while "Rockawhile" is more jam-y (the keyboards are horrible, though, although the accompanying vocals are soulful). "Whip It Up" is a solid rocker, while "Locked Away" is a mellow song that again suffers from too much background vocals. Closing track "It Means A Lot" is jam-y and meandering. Not bad.
The album contains the single "Take It So Hard", which is a meaty rocker with a nice rousing chorus, while the best song on the album is "Make No Mistake", a moody little duet Sarah Dash. Also featured on the album singing backups is Mrs Springsteen herself, Patty Scialfa. This came out in 1988, between Stones albums Dirty Work (1986) and Steel Wheels (1989), when Mick and Keith were at their most pissed off with each other (mainly about Mick's solo albums, which came out in 1985 and 1987).
Bottom line is that none of these songs are anywhere as good as the solo songs that Keith sings on the Stones albums, even the ones from the 1990s or the first decade of the new century.