All Wood and Stones II
US: 7 May 2013
UK: 5 Apr 2013
Covering the Rolling Stones seems to be a thankless task, but it’s what John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley have dedicated two albums to doing. Like its predecessor, All Wood and Stones II finds the duo playing folk-pop renditions of Jagger and Richards’ catalog. Both have pleasant voices, and the album showcases their skilled guitar playing as well as some competent arrangements. However, Batdorf and Stanley do little beyond perform these songs capably. Sometimes they stumble upon new shades of grey, such as on their version of “Miss You”, which strips the song of its sexual menace to focus on the despair underneath it all. Overall, though, these are just Stones songs without the fire and energy that made us love the Stones in the first place.
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.
// Notes from the Road
"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.READ the article