Album review: Mick Jagger, Goddess in the Doorway (2001)

 

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 13, 2001

By Steve Newton

Mick Jagger must be chuckling all the way to the bank. With the help of producer-arranger-cowriter-guitarist Lenny Kravitz, he came up with one really rockin’ tune, made it the first single off his heavily promoted new solo disc, and then sat back and waited for the suckers to bite.

Unfortunately, those Jagger/Stones fans who heard the powerful “God Gave Me Everything” on the radio and then bought Goddess in the Doorway—thinking they were getting a whole album’s worth of similarly impressive songs—must be licking their wounds right now.

In actual fact, sappy, string-drenched ballads are the order of the day. (There are at least four of them here.) And when he’s not getting all geriatric on your ass, Jagger revisits the dark side of the ’70s with disco-y dreck like the title track and “Gun”.

Big-name artists such as Bono, Pete Townshend, Joe Perry, Wyclef Jean, and Rob Thomas lend their talents to Goddess, but all the guest appearances in the world can’t salvage this tepid effort. Classic-rock freaks jonesing for a decent Jagger solo CD should invest in 1993’s Rick Rubin–coproduced Wandering Spirit instead.

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