Mick Jagger, Joss Stone and friends got together to form SuperHeavy. The band doesn't quite live up to its name.
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SuperHeavy may be proof that Mick Jagger is getting senile. Somehow, he thought the world didn't want another Rolling Stones album and tour, but instead wanted him to form a Black Eyed Peas rip-off with Dave Stewart, Academy Award-winning composer A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Joss Stone along for the ride playing the role of Fergie.
Superheavy, the album, certainly starts out with the Black Eyed Peas vibe going strong, with Damian Marley taking the lead on tracks like Superheavy and Satyameva Jayathe. By the time Jagger starts making his presence known, the album gets weaker. When Marley, Jagger, and Stone get together for Beautiful People, it goes even further in the lukewarm zone.
Jagger's need to stretch his musical muscles outside of the Stones really fails him with SuperHeavy. Teaming with Stone (who more or less kicked off the British female R&B trend) really should have produced something that came off more like Robert Plant and Allison Krauss' Raising Sand collaboration. Instead, it comes off as murky soup composed of three parts bad 90's pop lyrics to one part modern post-millennial pop composition.
Marley's contributions end up being the strongest vocals on the album. A collaboration consisting solely of Marley and Rahman would probably been much stronger.
In all, SuperHeavy suffers far too much from the "too many cooks" cliche. None of the tracks on the album really succeed being truly interesting. It's lasting affect ends up being a greater longing for a new Rolling Stones album or tour.
Review by: Wright Blan