Sunday, 4 October 2015

Crosseyed Heart - Keith Richards

I don't even know where to start when it comes to Keith Richards. To me, he's rock'n'roll personified, a pirate that accidentally stumbled into a band called the Rolling Stones and started to make great music. His stage persona is so fascinating to me - I aspire to become at least half as cool as Keith Richards is. Probably not gonna happen.
Years ago, when I first saw the Stones' concert/documentary Shine A Light, I became absolutely obsessed with Keith's performance of "You Got the Silver". I have so much love for this song and especially this performance, it's hard to put it into words. I was over the moon when I got the chance to see that song performed live when I saw the Rolling Stones on their 14 On Fire Tour last year in Vienna. 

A few days ago, a friend of mine mentioned that she had been listening to Keith's new album "Crosseyed Heart" a lot, and that she really liked it. Until then, I hadn't taken the time to listen to it - now I did, and I think it's a great record.


The fact that a legend like Keith Richards even still bothers to go into the studio and make a record is amazing in itself. Why not sit back, relax and enjoy the fame you already got, right? Still, with a new Stones record on the horizon as well, it doesn't look like him or the rest of the band are slowing down anytime soon. Good.

Not that I'm an expert, but I suppose Crosseyed Heart sounds a bit more blues-y than the more recent Rolling Stones records. If you're a fan of Keith Richards raspy voice, you're going to love this record. There's just something about his voice that makes every song sound like he's actually telling a story - and to me, that's one of the best qualities a singer can have.

What I love about the record is that it's so harmonious - I love albums where songs seem to fade into each other. It gives me such pleasure to listen to a record and not having the urge to skip a song or two as I go along. Even with my favourite artists, that doesn't happen all that often. This is absolutely the case with Crosseyed Heart though, it's a very relaxing album to listen to. 

I can definitely see this album becoming one of my favourites for when I'm looking for the perfect "background music" to whatever I'm doing. It's just one of these records you just turn on and enjoy without having to think about it. So in conclusion: I'm not surprised that I love it - Keith Richards just rocks. Period.

Favourites: Robbed Blind - Trouble - Nothing On Me - Something for Nothing - Illusion 

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