‘Gotta Get A Grip’
Reviewer – Nick Dunn
At 74 years of age English rock n’roll icon Mick Jagger shows little sign of slowing down. On the 27th of July the Rolling Stones front man released the politically charged single ‘Gotta Get A Grip,’ his first solo record since 2001 LP ‘Goddess In The Doorway.’
Title track ‘Gotta Get A Grip’ has been described by Jagger as a response to “confusion and frustration with the times we live in.” Born of a similar pedigree to Red Hot Chili Peppers mega-hit ‘Californication,’ the song alludes to a range of cultural phenomena. From acupuncture to ISIS to mining metadata, very little is passed over. ‘Gotta Get A Grip,’ however, lacks the lyrical nuance of its predecessor, often toeing the line between forthright and cliched. That being said, the song is held aloft by an infectious rolling guitar riff, and Jagger’s presence is enough that it holds up as a solid protest piece.
B-side “England Lost” suffers far more greatly from the overuse of tired metaphors. The song shows little of the lyrical distinction expected from the man who wrote iconic protest anthem “Gimme Shelter.”
“Gotta Get A Grip” may not be remembered as Mick Jagger’s Magnus Opus, but it does speak for his strength of conviction that instead of resting on his abundant laurels, he is still releasing socially conscious music at the age of 74. Better yet, it is undeniably catchy
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