The Rolling Stones Unleash 'Hackney Diamonds,' Plus New Music from James Talley, Clay Parker and Jodi James, and the Babys

Published January 16, 2024

After an 18-year hiatus, The Rolling Stones have released a new album titled Hackney Diamonds, marking their first batch of new songs since 2005. The iconic band, with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ron Wood—celebrating several decades in music—brings forth an effort that resonates with their classic sound while lending a modern touch.

Hackney Diamonds isn't just a nostalgic trip; it's a testament to the band's enduring stamina and rock spirit. However, it doesn't quite reach the dizzying heights of their legendary albums like Exile on Main Street or Some Girls. With Andrew Watt at the production helm and a host of stellar guest artists such as Elton John and Lady Gaga, the album presents a mix of energetic rockers and heartfelt ballads.

The album includes tracks like "Angry" and "Bite My Head Off," which deliver the sort of punch that's expected from the Stones, even if they don't break new ground. There's a nod to their blues roots with the acoustic "Rolling Stone Blues," and tracks like "Dreamy Skies" add a touch of country twang, showcasing the diversity within the album.

James Talley's New Release

James Talley returns with Bandits, Ballads and Blues, his first record since 2008, and it might be his finest to date. Talley's storytelling, reminiscent of folk greats like Woody Guthrie and John Prine, shines throughout the album with a compelling blend of lyrics and melodies.

Clay Parker and Jodi James

Another delightful musical offering comes from Americana duo Clay Parker and Jodi James with their languid and thoughtful album Your Very Own Dream. The duo's signature sound, full of introspective lyrics and captivating harmonies, makes for an enriching listening experience.

The Babys' Historic Performance

From the archives comes a rousing showcase by British rockers The Babys. Their 1979 live album, Live at the Bottom Line 1979, captures the band's energetic stage presence and includes their well-known hits. It's a precious snapshot of the band at their peak.

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