ALBUM TITLE : CROSSEYED HEART
ARTIST : KEITH RICHARDS
GENRE : ROCK/BLUES
DATE RELEASED : 2015
The first track of this record may come as a surprise if you are expecting a Rolling Stone like track. “Illusion” is smokey as his voice in and there is this feeling that he is pleading for something. The song becomes more dramatic when Nora Jones took the second stanza and sings about lost love or supposed love. Indeed, there is this lingering feeling that Keith Richards is trying to act his age and sings songs about his personal experience. It is like travelling to memory lane.
Here is a lyric video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJBgBLCfQfE
The next song confirms this situation as there is this finality that he recognized now the love given to him as more than a surprise but a gift in “Just A Gift.” However, there is a twist in this song as he is actually the one referred to as the gift. And probably this egoistic feeling of his took a downturn as suggested in the song “Goodnight Irene” where it you do not have to have a Phd degree to figure the meaning of this break up song. And in “Substantial Damage,” you can figure out about an extra marital affair and it seems it created damage to a marital relationship and probably the girl is much younger as you can decipher in the line ” What’s that thing attached to your ear, I’m talking to you but you don’t seem to hear, I’m paying for dinner, and I might as well mop in here”
Listen “Substantial Damage” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVRuujXYke8
In “Lover’s Plea,” you can say that his not totally unremorseful in parting ways and still wants to plea for a second chance. However, not all songs in this track are quire sullen and melancholic, there are tracks that has emotional lyrics but has fast beats too like “Heartstopper” and “Amnesia.” There are also songs like “Trouble” which are Rolling Stone like in character.
Over all the whole album can be likened to a Lou Reed album of the old days. I rate this record 4 stars out of 5 stars. Surprisingly indeed, this is a good album.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it