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Bill Wyman

  • Monkey Grip [Rolling Stones, 1974] D
  • Stone Alone [Rolling Stones, 1976] C+

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Monkey Grip [Rolling Stones, 1974]
In a moment of short-lived sympathy, I theorized that maybe this record bore the same ironic relationship to laid-back International Pop Music Community country-rock as the Stones' records bear to ordinary heavy metal. If so, the irony is that this is doubly sexist and Bill really doesn't know how to sing. D

Stone Alone [Rolling Stones, 1976]
In which a unsung hero creates an unsung record, manifesting his delight in the pop, the catchy, and the cute even though he doesn't have the voice, or the vocal cunning, to go with it. The result is ingenious frills with no center, quite likeable and quite forgettable. Alternate title: If Ringo Can Do It . . . C+