Published On: Fri, Oct 20th, 2023
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Celebrating The Rolling Stones’ Latest Album Release – Hackney Diamonds | Music | Entertainment

Celebrating The Rolling Stones’ Latest Album Release – Hackney Diamonds | Music | Entertainment
Celebrating The Rolling Stones’ Latest Album Release – Hackney Diamonds | Music | Entertainment

Exploring the vibrant Hackney Diamonds – a term often used to describe the shards of glass left behind after a daring smash-and-grab robbery – reveals a treasure trove of musical gems.

One standout jewel in this collection is “Sweet Sounds Of Heaven,” an uplifting gospel masterpiece that reaches an awe-inspiring crescendo, featuring remarkable guest performances by co-vocalist Lady Gaga and the legendary Stevie Wonder on piano. As the song unfolds, Mick Jagger implores, “Play me something, Stevie.” This soulful secular anthem is adorned with powerful horns and an impromptu reprise, all while conveying a profound humanitarian message.

The album kicks off with the Jagger swagger in full force on the punchy opener, “Angry.” Keith Richards’ stop-start staccato riff sets the pace as Mick passionately laments his desire for more intimacy, showcasing his enduring talent for storytelling.

Throughout the journey, Hackney Diamonds welcomes musical luminaries like Elton John and Paul McCartney, with McCartney adding his distinctive fuzzy bass to the ferocious rocker, “Bite My Head Off.” This track arguably brings the Stones closest to the raw energy of punk rock.

Thanks to the crisp and contemporary production by Andrew Watt, coupled with Jagger’s thought-provoking lyrics, the seasoned rockers sound as relevant as ever. The album’s 12 tracks span a wide spectrum, from the classy country soul of “Dreamy Skies,” a reflection on escaping the clutches of social media, to the groovy disco vibes of “Mess It Up,” which delves into the complex issue of doxing.

“Driving Me Too Hard” pays homage to the classic “Tumbling Dice,” while “Live By The Sword,” featuring the late Charlie Watts on drums and ex-bassist Bill Wyman, channels the spirit of 60s R&B. Meanwhile, “Whole Wide World” is a lyrical journey back to the band’s humble, flat-sharing beginnings in Chelsea, delivered in a gritty garage rock style.

While it may not reach the heights of “Exile On Main Street” (few albums do), Hackney Diamonds offers everything from Ronnie Wood’s mesmerizing guitar work to a poignant moment with Mick and Keef’s rendition of Muddy Waters’ “Rolling Stone Blues” – the very song that inspired the band’s name.

“Is the future all in the past?” ponders “Tell Me Straight.” Based on the compelling evidence presented by Hackney Diamonds, the answer is a resounding “absolutely not.”

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