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Goddess In The Doorway

MICK JAGGER

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Mick Jagger had struggled with launching his solo career for over 15 years when he unleashed Goddess in the Doorway. Although he was one of the most famous men on earth, he couldn't separate himself from the Stones no matter how hard he tried, and he tried so hard that many of his struggles appeared desperate. Whereas the Stones incorporated reggae, disco, and punk effortlessly into their core sound, Jagger's attempts to sound contemporary came across as him desperately flailing about to stay hip. This was the curse of his solo career, from the outset on She's the Boss, through the generally strong Primitive Cool, which was sunk when he decided to perform aerobics on "Let's Work." Jagger briefly shed this complex on 1993's excellent Wandering Spirit -- along with Keith Richards' Talk Is Cheap, one of the two genuine gems in the Stones' solo catalog -- which raised hopes for Goddess, since he seemed willing to bare his soul and keep the music direct the last time out, and the Stones' efforts that followed also shared similar qualities. And that's why Goddess is rather disappointing (of course, it doesn't help that such peers as Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and Elton John delivered stellar albums within months -- or even on the same day -- as Goddess). This finds Jagger once again striving to sound sleek, commercial, and hip, winding up with an album that could have been released in 1987. This is shiny, impeccably produced mainstream rock, occasionally blessed with Jagger's falsetto or sly turn phase, but dominated by its self-conscious, middlebrow attempt to cover all the bases: slinky dance tunes, some contemporary rhythms, hints of the Stones, tamed raunch, and frothy pop songs dressed up to have the appearance of grit. This all makes it sound worse than it actually plays, since it is all professionally done and rather melodic, but it never escapes Jagger's nervous desire to sound contemporary -- an instinct that backfires on him, since all the studio gloss embalms the record, making it sound like an artifact rather than a vibrant effort from a veteran with something to say. It's the kind of record that you expect from somebody who's been making records for nearly 40 years and still wants to remain hip, and it's not bad on that level, but when it stands next to the brilliant albums by Dylan, Sire Paul, and Sir Elton in 2001 -- records where the veterans didn't care about being hip and wound up returning to what they did best, confirming why they're legends -- it's all too clear what Goddess in the Doorway is missing.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Visions Of Paradise
00:04:01

Marti Frederiksen, Producer, String Arranger, Guitar, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Thomas, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - MICK JAGGER, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phil Spalding, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Cook, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Clifford, String Arranger, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2001 Virgin Records America, Inc.

2
Joy
00:04:40

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - MICK JAGGER, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phil Spalding, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bono, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Clifford, Producer, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2001 Virgin Records America, Inc.

3
Dancing In The Starlight
00:04:06

Marti Frederiksen, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - KENNY ARONOFF, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - MICK JAGGER, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ruby Turner, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Milton McDonald, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Clifford, String Arranger, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Rhodes , Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2001 Virgin Records America, Inc.

4
God Gave Me Everything
00:03:34

Jerry Duplessis, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Ross, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Kravitz, Producer, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Harmonica, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Knobel, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Virgin Records America, Inc.

5
Hide Away
00:04:33

Jerry Duplessis, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Wyclef Jean, Producer, Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - MICK JAGGER, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Serge Tsai, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ruby Turner, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Aaron, Horn, Keyboards, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Clifford, String Arranger, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2001 Virgin Records America, Inc.

6
Don't Call Me Up
00:05:14

Marti Frederiksen, Producer, String Arranger, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - MICK JAGGER, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Clifford, String Arranger, Keyboards, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Knightly, Mandocello, AssociatedPerformer - Cris Frederiksen, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2001 Virgin Records America, Inc.

7
Goddess In The Doorway
00:04:56

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - MICK JAGGER, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phil Spalding, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Max Heyes, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Clarvis, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Clifford, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Drum Programming, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Knightly, Mandocello, AssociatedPerformer - Tatiana Okou, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2001 Virgin Records America, Inc.

8
Lucky Day
00:04:51

Chris White, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Harmonica, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Potter, Producer - Phil Spalding, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Sidwell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Sidwell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Mick Dolan, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Clifford, Organ, Horn Arranger, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer - Patsy Gamble, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2001 Virgin Records America, Inc.

9
Everybody Getting High
00:03:56

Marti Frederiksen, Producer, Drums, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - KENNY ARONOFF, Tabla, AssociatedPerformer - MICK JAGGER, Producer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phil Spalding, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ruby Turner, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Perry, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Clifford, String Arranger, Piano, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Mikael Reid, Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2001 Virgin Records America, Inc.

10
Gun
00:04:40

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - MICK JAGGER, Producer, Guitar, Percussion, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phil Spalding, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Townshend, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Max Heyes, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Clifford, Producer, String Arranger, Keyboards, Programmer, Drum Programming, Horn Arranger, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2001 Virgin Records America, Inc.

11
Too Far Gone
00:04:35

Marti Frederiksen, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lenny Castro, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - MICK JAGGER, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - TOM LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Stewart Whitmore, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Joe Perry, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Clifford, String Arranger, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Chycki, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2001 Virgin Records America, Inc.

12
Brand New Set Of Rules
00:03:43

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DAVE WAY, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MICK JAGGER, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Potter, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Spalding, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Stewart Whitmore, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Mick Dolan, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Clifford, Producer, Hammond B3, Mellotron, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Elizabeth Jagger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Georgia May Jagger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2001 Jagged Recordings LLC

13
Goddess In The Doorway (Cocktail Version)
00:01:05

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - MICK JAGGER, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Phil Spalding, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Max Heyes, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Clarvis, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Clifford, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Knightly, Mandocello, AssociatedPerformer - Tatiana Okou, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2001 Jagged Recordings LLC

Album Description

Mick Jagger had struggled with launching his solo career for over 15 years when he unleashed Goddess in the Doorway. Although he was one of the most famous men on earth, he couldn't separate himself from the Stones no matter how hard he tried, and he tried so hard that many of his struggles appeared desperate. Whereas the Stones incorporated reggae, disco, and punk effortlessly into their core sound, Jagger's attempts to sound contemporary came across as him desperately flailing about to stay hip. This was the curse of his solo career, from the outset on She's the Boss, through the generally strong Primitive Cool, which was sunk when he decided to perform aerobics on "Let's Work." Jagger briefly shed this complex on 1993's excellent Wandering Spirit -- along with Keith Richards' Talk Is Cheap, one of the two genuine gems in the Stones' solo catalog -- which raised hopes for Goddess, since he seemed willing to bare his soul and keep the music direct the last time out, and the Stones' efforts that followed also shared similar qualities. And that's why Goddess is rather disappointing (of course, it doesn't help that such peers as Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and Elton John delivered stellar albums within months -- or even on the same day -- as Goddess). This finds Jagger once again striving to sound sleek, commercial, and hip, winding up with an album that could have been released in 1987. This is shiny, impeccably produced mainstream rock, occasionally blessed with Jagger's falsetto or sly turn phase, but dominated by its self-conscious, middlebrow attempt to cover all the bases: slinky dance tunes, some contemporary rhythms, hints of the Stones, tamed raunch, and frothy pop songs dressed up to have the appearance of grit. This all makes it sound worse than it actually plays, since it is all professionally done and rather melodic, but it never escapes Jagger's nervous desire to sound contemporary -- an instinct that backfires on him, since all the studio gloss embalms the record, making it sound like an artifact rather than a vibrant effort from a veteran with something to say. It's the kind of record that you expect from somebody who's been making records for nearly 40 years and still wants to remain hip, and it's not bad on that level, but when it stands next to the brilliant albums by Dylan, Sire Paul, and Sir Elton in 2001 -- records where the veterans didn't care about being hip and wound up returning to what they did best, confirming why they're legends -- it's all too clear what Goddess in the Doorway is missing.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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