Review of Exile On Main St
Robert Christagu was one of the first rock writers to praise Exile On Main St upon its release in 1972. Pretty spot on if you ask me.
“More than anything else this fagged-out masterpiece is difficult–how else describe music that takes weeks to understand? Weary and complicated, barely afloat in its own drudgery, it rocks with extra power and concentration as a result. More indecipherable than ever, submerging Mick’s voice under layers of studio murk, it piles all the old themes–sex as power, sex as love, sex as pleasure, distance, craziness, release–on top of an obsession with time more than appropriate in over-thirties committed to what was once considered a youth music. Honking around sweet Virginia country and hipping through Slim Harpo, singing their ambiguous praises of Angela Davis, Jesus Christ, and the Butter Queen, they’re just war babies with the bell bottom blues.” A+
Here’s the lead off track, “Rocks Off” from Sydney ’73: