Mick Jagger - Goddess in the Doorway 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Dan MacIntosh   
Tuesday, 20 November 2001

Goddess in the Doorway,
Virgin Records, 2001
| Performance 9 | Sound 9 |

Mick Jagger is world famous for his smirk and his strut, but with this solo album – an all-too-rare outing away from his fellow Stones -- he’s wiped that silly grin off his mug and can actually be seen standing quiet and still for a moment.

Sincerity, now that’s a new one for the gent. But it’s in great supply here, all right. He and Bono sound like they’re at a church service in "Joy," and Lenny Kravitz gives the religious fervor of "God Gave Me Everything" a good chunk of guitar thump.

"Don’t Call Me Up," with its meandering acoustic piano, is as gentle and thoughtful as was the swirling saxophone-treated "Waiting On A Friend" for The Rolling Stones back in 1981. "Too Far Gone" wonders if the simplicity of Jagger's childhood has been lost forever. He recalls getting lost in his childhood daydreams, whereas his own children spend their free time downloading images to computer screens. This high tech world is a distinctly different one from that of Jagger's youth.

Lest you think Jagger is about to join a monastery or something, there’s still a lot of his old sly Stone self hanging around this disc. Listen as Jagger sneers his way through sultry guitar-driven and harmonica-spiced "Lucky Day." And on "Gun," Pete Townshend squawks along with Mick on guitar. However, for the most part, this is a recording of mainly inward thoughts, rather than his more common patented outward showboating.

Has age made Jagger a more reflective guy? Will he now age gracefully from a leading man to a character actor, as few rockers have done before? Only time will tell. But to paraphrase what he once sang so many years ago, time just might be on his side now.

The album closes with "Brand New Set Of Rules" and speaks about learning how to be a kinder and gentler person. Maybe these new guidelines will finally bring him the satisfaction he’s always chased, and become his long-awaited goddess in the doorway.

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