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© Virgin Records
Year of Release: 1992
Wicked As It Seems
Words Of Wonder
Hate It When You Leave
Runnin' Too Deep
Will But You Won't
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Keith Richards debuts as a solo artist on WSVNRadio.net this week, with his second solo studio album of his career,
Main Offender, from 1992. The question asked for this release (as asked on Mick Jagger's
She's The Boss -- Is this a solo album,
or another "Rolling Stones album" ?
The opening track, "999" is Rock & Roll. Keith Richards Rock. (So far, the answer to our "Rolling Stones
Album" question: No.)
"Wicked As It Seems" was the big hit off this album -- as we listen to Keith sing (which is rare) -- this
song is a very cool one. Keith's singing isn't as great as his guitar playing, but he was never considered a singer.
(Track 2: The answer to our "Rolling Stones Album" question: No.)
"Eileen" grabs your attention, with its upbeat rock rhythms. Keith sings it again, as this song may or
may not have been a Rolling Stones song, but you could easily picture Mick singing it as well.
(Track 3: The answer to our "Rolling Stones Album" question: hmmm thinking...)
"Words Of Wonder" has an almost-Reggae feel. Not really one of the best songs on here, and Keith proves
that he is not destined to be a rock and roll singer. (Track 4: The answer to our "Rolling Stones Album" question:
"Yap Yap" is another one of those cool, smooth moving rockers. (Track 5: The answer to our "Rolling Stones
Album" question: No.)
"Bodytalks" is another attention-grabber, As it could be another song that Mick could easily sing.
(Track 6: The answer to our "Rolling Stones Album" question: Comparing this one to "Eileen" ... hmmm
thinking again... More in the "YES" category; not for the entire album yet, just these two songs.)
"Hate It When You Leave" is another smooth grooving track. (Track 7: The answer to our "Rolling Stones
Album" question: Definitely No on this one...)
If you like "Wicked As It Seems" you will like Track 8 - "Runnin' Too Deep." (Track 8: The answer to
our "Rolling Stones Album" question: No.)
"Will But You Won't" definitely sounds like a Rolling Stones track, but it doesn't make this whole album as a
"Rolling Stones Album" (Answer to that question is No.)
The last track, "Demon" is another smooth groover, and it could be a Rolling Stones track, to slow things
down a bit. (Answer to that question is 50/50... Yes or No.)
Overall, this is a Keith Richards solo album, not a Rolling Stones one. Yes, there are some comparisons to the
later decades' Stones' sound. Mick Jagger's She's The Boss was definitely a Rolling Stones-sounding album.
Keith Richards released 4 solo albums as of this date. The first (and probably considered his best, according to
critics) was 1988's Talk Is Cheap. A live album was released next, in 1991, Live At The Hollywood Palladium.
His second studio album was 1992's Main Offender His most recent album was released in 2010, Vintage Winos.
It is considered a "Best Of" from all of his 3 solo albums. His band for all 3 albums was called the X-Pensive Winos,
featuring Steve Jordan, Waddy Wachtel, Bobby Keys, Ivan Neville, and Charley Drayton.
The final answer -- Main Offender is NOT a Rolling Stones album. It is definitely a solo Keith Richards
album, with good rocking songs, good smooth driving songs, and a little bit of Rolling Stones influenced. Another comparison
is Izzy Stradlin & The Ju Ju Hounds first album,
yet Main Offender does not contain as many noticable rockers as Izzy's release.
One word to describe Main Offender, just as describing one word to Keith Richards... COOL.
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