Goats Head Soup is s the 11th British and 13th American studio album from The Rolling Stones. The album was released on August 31st 1973 and was top of the album charts in the UK & the US when it was released.
Sliding out of perhaps the greatest winning streak in rock history, the Stones slipped into decadence and rock star excess with Goats Head Soup, their sequel to Exile on Main Street. This is where the Stones’ image began to eclipse their accomplishments, as Mick ascended to jet-setting celebrity and Keith slowly sunk deeper into addiction.
It’s possible hearing them moving in both directions on Goats Head Soup at times in the same song. As Jagger plays the devil (or, dances with Mr. D, as he likes to say), the sex and sleaze quotient is increased, all of it underpinned by some genuinely affecting heartbreak, highlighted by ‘Angie’.
This may not be as downright funky, freaky, and fantastic as Exile, yet the extra layer of gloss brings out the enunciated lyrics, added strings, wah-wah guitars, explicit sex, and violence, making it all seem trippily decadent. If it doesn’t seem like there’s a surplus of classics here, all the songs work well, illustrating just how far they’ve traveled in their songcraft,
The real triumph is that they make this all sound really easy and darkly alluring, even when the sex’n’satanism seems a little silly. To top it all of, they cap off this utterly excessive album with ‘Star Star’, a nasty Chuck Berry rip that grooves on its own mean vulgarity — its real title is ‘Starf*cker’,if you need any clarification, and even though they got nastier (the entirety of Undercover, for instance), they never again made something this dirty or nasty. And, it never feels more at home than it does at the end of this excessive record.
1. Dancing with Mr. D
2. 100 Years Ago
3. Coming Down Again
4. Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
6. Silver Train
7. Hide Your Love
9. Can You Hear The Music
10. Star Star
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