Imagine the shock and confusion when on an average Thursday night in 2015, carrying out the tedious post dinner task of scrolling Facebook to see what inane bollocks the world of social media is spouting, you come across a newly released audio version of Keith Richards NEW solo material! As soon as I pressed play I loved it and dove across the room for my laptop to give Microsoft Word a good hammering (hence this review you’re reading right now).
Immediately that unmistakable guitar style is present, sounding like an ‘Exile On Main Street throwback’ and somehow his vocals, at the ripe old age of 71 sound as good if not better than ever. Sounding like Lou Reed in his heyday and shredding the guitar to bits with that blues indulged Rolling Stones style. Trouble is your standard down to earth, blues inspired Keith Richards song, having a go at a girl who’s no good for him but all too nice to turn down. All in all, it’s four minutes and eighteen seconds of one damn fine impressive comeback by one of the last living legends of the sixties. We all know the Rolling Stones and the massive impression they’ve had on music, plus we know all about their longevity as they’ve been releasing music across six different decades and bar the eighties being slightly naff they’ve been consistent in releasing music that fits any generation and have continued to remain exciting. So it shouldn’t really be a surprise at all, but at (as mentioned before) 71 and following a lifetime of self-abuse, drink, drugs and rock n roll it’s incredible to see that one of the biggest icons on the planet has not only still got it, but he’s got a lot of it.
All that leaves is the question, where’s ‘Trouble’ come from and what does it mean? A new solo album? A new Stones album? Are the Stones done and Keith’s picking up the ball? Who knows, but I’m going to sit back and enjoy it, whatever happens, we know that the rest of 2015 is in good hands.
Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)