Sticky Fin­gers ★★★★ Uni­ver­sal

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

The first Stones al­bum of the 1970s, Sticky Fin­gers courted con­tro­versy be­fore any­one had even heard the mu­sic. That (then) rude Andy Warhol-de­signed cover aside, it’s lit­tle won­der that the record is re­garded as one of the band’s best. While time and sex­ual po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness has im­pacted on it, there re­mains un­apolo­getic over­tones of sleazi­ness ( Brown Sugar) and drug abuse ( Sis­ter Mor­phine, Moon­light Mile). The mu­si­cal styles veer be­tween rugged/ sweet Gram Par­sons-in­flu­enced

coun­try ( Dead Flow­ers, Wild Horses) and eroti­cised blues-rock. There is the usual batch of al­ter­nate takes, outtakes and pre­vi­ously un­re­leased tracks; the honey trap, how­ever, is the al­bum it­self, which boasts point-per­fect gui­tar so­los and a louche, vir­tu­ally hyp­notic swag­ger long since de­parted. rolling­

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