What does it sound like?:
There are two watershed albums in the entire career of The Rolling Stones. The first is Their Satanic Majesties Request. Compare and contrast their musical style pre and post that album. There isn’t just a step change. It’s almost a completely different band. The second is Goats Head Soup.
Goats Head Soup is the sound of men on the cusp of thirty considering the possibility of becoming responsible adults. In the songs, they look back on their Rock’n’Roll lifestyle, reflect on past relationships, and weigh the meaning of adulthood. By 1973, The Rolling Stones were a complex adaptive system bordering on the edge of chaos. The pall of heroin, clinging to them since 1967, incapacitated both Keith and Jimmy Miller. Various drug busts over the years restricted their ability to remain tax exiles. Jamaica was one of the few countries that would allow them all entry but there was no respite from dealers. The Caribbean sunshine couldn’t eradicate the murk and mire of the basement at Nellcôte where they recorded most of Exile On Main Street. Bill felt intimidated by The Stones’ own armed guard and a break-in to his hotel room. Hunter » Continue Reading.