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Mick Jagger: Wandering Spirit

Deborah Frost, The Village Voice, 2 March 1993

HE MAY BE a wandering spirit, but Mick Jagger sure doesn't travel light. This simple fact of life informs both the major tragedies and minor graces of his third solo album, released after numerous delays (due, maybe, to more problems orchestrating the marketing than the music). To proclaim Wandering Spirit (Atlantic) the best thing any Stone has come up with on his own doesn't mean much considering most Stone-alone affairs – from 1972's Jamming With Edward to 1992's jamming with Keith – have been either too awful or too casual to play twice. Wandering Spirit, on the other hand, might almost be a generic third-decade Stones album, despite the absence of the other Stones – who, at last count, were down to three.

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