Given the critical hammering the Rolling Stones have taken recently, it's either very brave or very foolhardy for Mick Jagger to release his first solo album in eight years. But in fact Goddess In The Doorway is well worth a listen, less immediate but much warmer and personally revealing than recent Stones efforts. Jagger's voice is still an incredibly powerful instrument, ripping through these world-weary tales of false nostalgia and loose women with the urgency of a man who needs your attention and isn't taking no for an answer. Exuberant contributions from Bono, Wyclef Jean and Lenny Kravitz, meanwhile, give the album a sonic variety that lifts it well above Jagger's previous solo outings. Towards the end, granted, it slides into polished, AOR territory; even so by then the 58-year-old has done enough to show that there's plenty of life left in him yet.
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