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Blue & Lonesome

The Rolling Stones

Blue & Lonesome

The latest release from the rock veterans is an album of blues covers played live including a guest appearance from Eric Clapton

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  1. 9.0 |   The Music

    We're powerless to the synergy of The Stones
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  2. 9.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Jagger's freewheeling phrasing is the good-time relish of a man who has been writing cheatin' songs all of his life but knows when he's got the gold standard in front of him
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  3. 9.0 |   All Music

    Artistically satisfying because it's the Rolling Stones allowing themselves to simply lay back and play for sheer enjoyment. It's a rare thing that will likely seem all the more valuable over the years
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  4. 8.5 |   Gig Soup

    More than fifty years on, the boys are still showing us how it’s done
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    Proof that old dogs don’t always have need of new tricks
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Now in their 70s, men who by anyone’s standards have lived a bit, they frequently seem to tap into something deeper about the music: they really inhabit its sense of hard-won experience
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  7. 8.0 |   Clash

    If it’s a stopgap between albums, so be it, but I’d wager ‘Blue And Lonesome’ will stand out as more honest, more rousing and more representative of The Rolling Stones as septuagenarians than anything that might follow
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  8. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    It works a treat. A happy surprise - for a change
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  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Feels like a major reassessment from a band, returning to the source and in doing so reminding us why they mattered in the first place. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The Independent

    What impresses most about Blue & Lonesome is Mick Jagger, who really animates these songswhat impresses most about Blue & Lonesome is Mick Jagger, who really animates these songs
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  11. 8.0 |   A.V. Club

    The legendary rockers deliver raw blues album – and sound like they’re enjoying themselves
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  12. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It is more annex than central part of the canon, but rewarding and essential if you’re a Stones fan, and a lot of fun if you’re a more casual listener
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  13. 8.0 |   The FT

    Mick Jagger’s performance is fabulously over the top on versions of songs by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf
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  14. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Throughout, the sound on Blue & Lonesome captures the clatter of a largely live band loyally rendering the music of their heroes. Despite the title, and against the odds, it is an album full of joy
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  15. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Perhaps it’s time to focus on the positives while we’ve still got the Stones. There’s no shortage of them here
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  16. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The Stones return to their origins - but now with greater authority and skill
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  17. 8.0 |   Q

    This is their most consistently excellent album in 36 years. Print edition only

  18. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Skeptics are wise not to view Jagger, Richards and the rest as anything less than the consummate rockers they are
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  19. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Another producer more attuned to the essence of the blues could have wrung even more life out of the significance of the not-dead-yet Stones diving headlong back into the genre
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  20. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    On their bashed-out new album of blues covers, the Stones sound, for the first time in eons, like a band playing together in the same room rather than one that travels on separate jets
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  21. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    You can't knock the clear passion and admiration the band have for their source material, and that feels baked right into Blue and Lonesome
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  22. 6.0 |   Mojo

    It's disappointing that there aren't one or two more inspiring moments, especially when there's a roughly equivalent number of duds. Print edition only

  23. 6.0 |   State

    It isn’t going to reinvent the wheel, but like your uncle arm wrestling at your cousins wedding the Stones are just showing that they’ve still got their chops, flexing
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  24. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    With this record, The Rolling Stones refuse to pass into legend, but instead linger on comfortably
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