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"She's The Boss"
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Lonely At The Top
1/2 A Loaf
Running Out Of Luck
Turn The Girl Loose
Just Another Night
Lucky In Love
She's The Boss
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"She's The Boss"
How it was ever determined that She's The Boss, Mick Jagger's first
solo album, is considered a Mick Jagger album. In most cases, when individuals
of a well-known group drift apart, and release solo albums, the music contained
on these albums are different in sound and/or concept than their group's
releases. In Mick Jagger's case with She's The Boss, it's not, and to
most people, this album can be considered another Rolling Stones album.
At the time in 1985, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were feuding, and
maybe the 9 songs on She's The Boss were meant to be intended for a
future Stones album. (There is only one song on this album in which both
Jagger and Richards co-wrote: "Lonely At The Top"; the others were
written by Jagger and or co-wrote with others.)
Take the case of the opening track "Lonely At The Top." It
has everything a 1980s Rolling Stones song has. It's rocking, and has the
Stones rock sound. "1/2 A Loaf" is another Stones sound-alike song,
that could have easily been used on their album future 1989 album, Steel
Wheels. And even "Running Out Of Luck" could have been another
selection for Steel Wheels. They both blend in with the rest of the
songs that would become Steel Wheels, and even though these songs are
Mick Jagger solo tunes, they're more considered as Rolling Stones songs in sound.
"Turn The Girl Loose" is a song that could of been included on the
Stones' albums Undercover and/or Dirty Work. This song
brings out the best in Mick, and since Undercover and Dirty Work
were not considered all-time great Stones albums, "Turn The Girl Loose"
would of given these two albums more spark. "Turn The Girl Loose" is
a cool tune, and how it became a B-side to the song most remembered on She's
The Boss, is beyond me. (More on that well-remembered song soon-to-come.)
"Hard Woman" brings out the soft side of Mick Jagger. This song
is a good ballad, and could of been included as a good slowdown song for
Which brings us to the most remembered song on the album, "Just Another
Night." This song is classic Jagger. And again, this song can easily be
seen being played with Mick and the rest of the Stones. "Just Another
Night" is one of my favorite songs, as this song is energetic, with the
guitar and bass lines, likewise this song getting the repeat button never gets
"Lucky In Love" is a hard-driven pop/rock song, with some heavy
rock-blues guitar riffs. This song could be on any Eighties Stones album.
"Secrets" is another song in the style of Steel Wheels,
especially one song from that album, "One Hit To The Body." The title
track, "She's The Boss" has a somewhat-James Brown vocal inspiration
("Living In America"), and an almost disco-inspired beat; yet this song
could be on any Eighties Stones album (probably Emotional Rescue).
For the ultimate Stones fan, in listening to Jagger's She's The Boss,
it is most definitely a Rolling Stones album. She's The Boss is a good
and decent album. The songs on this album are your typical Mick and the Boys
rock and roll, 1980s style. Despite the fact that Jagger and Richards were
feuding, they were able to patch things up, and remain recording with the rest
of the Rolling Stones (even though bassist Bill Wyman left in 1992), and still
record new albums throughout the rest of the 1990s decade.
She's The Boss asks the question "Is it the Rolling Stones or is it
Mick Jagger?" The answer is "Yes...and Yes..." They're both. The Stones fan
will not be disappointed by this album.
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