Release Date: Sep 20, 2011
Record label: Universal Republic
Mick and Keith didn't speak for half a decade because Richards couldn't stomach any member making music outside of the Stones. It's a subject he continues to rake Jagger over the coals for in his recent betrayal of a book. This record, then, should send the pirate guitarist completely overboard; Jagger sounds thoroughly inspired about being part of this project with Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart.
It’s comforting to know that Joss Stone is no less perplexed than we are by the wacky all-star lineup of her new group with Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley, and — why not? — film composer A.R. Rahman. ”What the f— is going on?” she wails at the top of ”I Can’t Take It No More.” And if SuperHeavy never quite answers that question, the group certainly has fun dodging it in bluesy soul-rock jams smeared with reggae grooves and Bollywood strings.
Over on the SuperHeavy website, there is a short video of the freshly minted supergroup in the studio. It opens not with their most celebrated member, Mick Jagger, but the youngest, Joss Stone. "Aaaah-yeeeeeaaaah-a-hey-a-YAY," she sings, as is her wont. "What the fuck is going on?" The listener might be forgiven for asking the same thing when confronted with SuperHeavy, whose baffling lineup features not only Jagger and Stone, but former Eurythmic Dave Stewart, Bollywood composer AR Rahman and Damian "Jr Gong" Marley.
All supergroups contain a member or two whose stardom outshines the rest and so it is with SuperHeavy, a motley amalgamation fronted by Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, and Damian Marley and also featuring Eurythmic Dave Stewart and Indian film composer A.R. Rahman. Unquestionably Jagger’s star shines brightest but he’s not the center of this universe, nor is Stone, the only member who has been a constant presence in international pop charts over the past decade.
SuperHeavy needs an acronym. A complete secret until earlier this summer, the supergroup has the air of a mysterious international spy organization, like U.N.C.L.E. or C.O.N.T.R.O.L., with agents from around the world representing different musical styles and boasting different sets of skills. Joss Stone is the neo-soul singer, sort of like Agent 99; A.R.
According to the First Law of Supergroups, there is an inverse relationship between the quality of an outfit and the fame of its constituents. This bodes ill for SuperHeavy, which unites Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart with Damian (son of Bob) Marley, Indian super-composer AR Rahman and Joss Stone. It seems to exist, primarily, as a vehicle for Jagger's vocal mugging, and if "I Can't Take It No More" is genuinely an exercise in self-parody, it's one of the album's few redeeming features.
SUPERHEAVY “SuperHeavy” (A&M) SuperHeavy seems less an artistic collaboration than a temporary marketing partnership of a product called Middle-Aged Pop Music L.L.C. Mick Jagger, Joss Stone and Damian Marley are the primary singers. They wrote the self-titled album’s songs, together with Dave Stewart, formerly of the Eurythmics, and A. R.