Whereas Bridges To Babylon is not on the same playing field as Beggars Banquet and Exile, this recording has much high quality material. Besides catchy straight ahead rockers(Out Of Control, Two Tight), there are many other elements present here including a nice touch of techno(Anybody Seen My Baby, Might As Well Get Juiced). Keith's contributions are excellent specifically the regaae flavored You Don't Have To Mean It. The difference between this albums and the Stonefs best works is that every track is loaded with contributions from studio musicians. The old days it was purely the fab five with occasional contributions from Billy Preston, Bobbie Keys, and a few others.
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It's no use comparing Stones albums toExile on Main St.anymore; the world's greatest rock & roll band clearly substitutes finances for passion these days. But compared to, say, Soul Asylum or the Black Crowes, the band still produces worthwhile records--"Flip the Switch," "Out of Control," and the closing Keith Richards suite all giveBridgesthe edge over the Stones' spotty previousVoodoo Lounge.Despite dross like the plagiarized hit "Anybody Seen My Baby," and the underutilization of the talented Dust Brothers production team, the Stones don't deserve our indifference just yet.--Steve Knopper