Album: SuperHeavy, SuperHeavy (Polydor)
Friday 16 September 2011
The sad fact about supergroups is that they are rarely the result of any musical imperative.
This is painfully confirmed on the debut offering from the alliance of Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and A R Rahman, on which the assembled talents cast around for a style of their own without ever unearthing the natural chemistry on which great bands rely. There are shades of prancing electro-reggae pop, a smidgeon of country-ballad blues, an unconvincing angry rocker, and several pan-cultural stews, such as "Unbelievable" and "Satyameva Jayathe", in which the contrasting flavours don't gel in tasty fashion. The impression is that all participants are having to work at less than full power in order to accommodate the others; and, as chemistry goes, the hoped-for "crazy energy" between Jagger and Stone just doesn't heat up at all.
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