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Keith Richards

  • Talk Is Cheap [Virgin, 1988] B+
  • Main Offender [Virgin, 1992] Neither

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Talk Is Cheap [Virgin, 1988]
State-of-the-art rock and roll traditionalism. Steve Jordan and Ivan Neville aren't just schooled in the verities, they're cocky enough to teach the verities new tricks, and the songs really do have a near-classic, half-remembered feel. It isn't just the late date that prevents them from going that extra mile, though--it's that Keith is singing, and Keith wrote the words. He's the soul of the Stones, fine. But as the Stones defined it, neotraditionalism takes concept, and no matter how fucked Mick is, concept would seem to be his department. B+

Main Offender [Virgin, 1992] Neither