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Review: The Rolling Stones Shine Bright with "Hackney Diamonds"


Released on October 20, 2023, by Geffen Records, "Hackney Diamonds" marks The Rolling Stones' triumphant return to the music scene with their first new material since 2005's "A Bigger Bang." The album, announced during a live-streamed interview with Jimmy Fallon, comes as an eagerly awaited gift to fans and the music world alike. The seasoned trio—Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood—have collaborated with an impressive list of guest stars including Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Lady Gaga, further elevating their iconic status.


Under the skilled production of Grammy-award winner Andrew Watt, the album transcends geographical limits. The recording sessions spanned renowned studios from Henson in Los Angeles to Metropolis in London and even to the sunny climes of Sanctuary Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. This global approach is perhaps a testament to the band's uncontainable talent and influence.

Musically, the album does not disappoint. It features poignant contributions from the band's late drummer, Charlie Watts, and reunites former bassist Bill Wyman with the group on the track "Live By The Sword." Lady Gaga's ethereal vocals blend seamlessly into "Sweet Sounds of Heaven," with Stevie Wonder making his presence felt on piano, Rhodes, and Moog. Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John further enrich the tracks "Bite My Head Off" and "Get Close" with their respective mastery on bass and piano.



The lead single, "Angry," serves as an energetic prelude to the album. The track seamlessly marries a classic Stones beat with a guitar riff that evokes shades of The Clash, underlining the band's enduring influence on the genre. The accompanying video, skillfully directed by Francois Rousselet and featuring Emmy-nominated Sydney Sweeney, makes ingenious use of archival Stones footage, creating an immersive visual experience without requiring any new filming from the band members themselves.



"Hackney Diamonds" stands as a testimony to The Rolling Stones' perpetual vitality and continued capacity to produce work that promises to be both timeless and ever relevant. With its blend of old-world charm and new-age collaborations, this album not only satisfies long-time fans but also has the potential to draw a new generation into the Stones' everlasting allure. Visit the Rolling Stones Merch store!


"Hackney Diamonds" solidifies The Rolling Stones' legacy as unparalleled innovators in the rock and roll genre. With its harmonious blend of classic Stones sound and contemporary collaborations, the album is a must-listen that promises to resonate for years to come.


Whether you're a lifelong fan or a curious newcomer, this album deserves a spot on your playlist.


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