01.33 Exile on Main Street

His name is Nick Loss-Eaton.

He is 36.

His preferred breakfast is: “Eggs in any form.”

His album is Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones.

The Review

Exile on Main Street: The Rolling Stones

I spent a lot of time with this album. Admittedly, I listened to it in both analogue and digital form. This allowed me to experience it in different ways and at different volumes. I had fun with it - at times it was the focus and others times it was the backdrop to a busy day. It is the first and only Rolling Stones album I’ve ever listened to and it’s a double LP beast at 18 tracks. I figured I’d say a little bit about my favorite 5 songs. If I did any more, it’d be the longest, album review in the history of all reviews. I just can’t, dudes. It’s too much pressure. Anyway, I gotta say guys, it’s a great album!

First off, the opening track, Rocks Off, is goddamned masterpiece. I feel like Jagger and Richards probably felt like musical Gods when they completed this song. The ivory ticklin’ and the horns. Oh my word, when those horns come in, they take the song to a really joyous high and they’re placed really well. I don’t know what the song is about, and I’m sure I could look it up, but I don’t want to. I do know that I love one of the lyrics right before a horn line — something like, “The sunshine bores the daylight out of me.” There’s something so awful and ungrateful that I love about that line. Such a good song.

Of course, I had to talk about Tumbling Dice. Damn. That opening riff, though. This song has some powerful backup vocals and harmonies. I should probably say now, that I have a mild obsession with really well placed back up vocals. Sometimes they can be too much, but not here, no way. Tumbling Dice has this really great, loose quality in those back ups. I feel like I can hear every single voice and it takes me to a room with wooden walls, full of people singing together. I pictured an old chapel in Podunk Louisiana or something. The bass line in this song is ultra. It bounces around with a cool ease and the stop right before the “Tumbling Dice” lyric is unexpectedly long. So patient. I love it. Then you layer in those twangy guitar licks, and DAMN…you’ve got a groove. For some reason I wanted to hear a syncopated back up vocal melody, but it’s cool. Nobody’s perfect. Haha.

So, Sweet Virginia is probably my favorite song on this album. The lazy, almost drunken, bluesy quality of this song is mouthwatering. The harmonica sets a reminiscing, sort of sorrowful mood, and again, it’s got those loose back ups that I love so much. This time, the piano’s got this southern, saloon sound. Every phrase has got this slinky, syrupy finish that seems to be suppressing something really sad. The saxophone is on point, too. I looked this dude up. His name is Bobby Keys and he’s from Texas. Oohhh yeah. He powerfully belts out some really nice phrases that sound like the realization that sometimes, you’ve just gotta keep moving forward even though it’s going to hurt. So much deliciousness in this song. I do however, wish it was longer, and long for more harmonica.

This next song is like if Jerry Lee Lewis was in a rush to meet someone that makes him happy. The song seems a little out of place…but in a good way and the title is pretty great. I feel like I could just type it out and stop right there. Turd on the Run.

All Down The Line! Another amazing track. Even though The Rolling Stones are an English band, this song makes me feel like America. This track would be a winner on any road trip. The guitar solo is so gritty and the drums are solid as fuck. (I apologize for the profanity…actually, nah, fuck it.) Goddammit the fills are so tight and it gets really crazy, and then he cuts back into a groove, and then he jams with the horns. HOT. I’d do him. When I say he, I am referring to Charlie Watts. He is from London, his Papa was a train operator, and surprise, surprise, he was really into jazz. Here are my syncopated rhythms I was looking for! It’s short and sweet and straight up CLASSIC ROCK. If you’re heading out on the road with friends, you should put this song on your playlist and roll down the windows and shout out, “Be my little baby for a while!” like a bunch of nerds. Be sure at least one person in your party makes this face:

The track that speaks to me the least is probably Shine a Light, even though it is a really good song. I think Jaggar’s vocals are too thin for such a soulful song. The choir back ups are cool, but I just believe that the piano and organ deserved more. I want to hear Otis Redding sing this song.

Really, I enjoyed this entire album. Star of the show: the drums. Understudy: the organ. The artwork is not the greatest. It seems lazy, but it probably took someone quite some time. I think this album has some descent variety. It was produced well in that all of the instrumentation was braided together rather nicely. I don’t know if I’ll listen to another Stones album right away…but I do really want to listen to more Charlie Watts. Thanks for sharing, Nick! Charlie Watts’ bad ass drumming made me want to listen to the song “School’s Rules”. Here’s my recommended listen!

Her name is Pascoo.

She is 33.

Her favorite breakfast is rice, a sunny side up egg, any fried meat that is terrible for human arteries.

Her recommended listen is United by Phoenix.

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