Rolling Stone - 8/11/94, p.654 Stars
- Excellent - "...VOODOO LOUNGE, is ragged and glorious, reveling in the quintessential rock & roll the Stones marked as their own some 30 years ago...the songs on VOODOO LOUNGE find the Stones charged with renewed musical nerve..."
Q - 8/94, p.1093 Stars
- Good - "...VOODOO LOUNGE is no classic, but nor is it the resounding hound it could have been. And with 'Out Of Tears' they prove there are still tantalising glimmers of genius..."
Musician - 8/94, p.86
"...There are substances, style and newness here that--for the first time in many years--make a Rolling Stones album seem more a work of art than Phase One of a three-year business plan..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 1/95, p.52
Included in Mojo's "25 Best Albums of 1994".
The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, maracas, castanets); Keith Richards (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, piano, bass, tambourine); Ron Wood (acoustic, electric, slide, pedal steel & lap steel guitars); Charlie Watts (drums, tambourine).
Additional personnel: Pierre De Beauport (acoustic guitar); Max Baca (bajo sexto); Frankie Gavin (fiddle, pennywhistle); Bobby Keys, David McMurray (saxophone); Chuck Leavell (piano, harpsichord, harmonium, Wurlitzer piano, Hammond organ);, Benmont Tench (Hammond B-3, piano, accordion); Darryl Jones (electric bass); Luis Jardim, Lenny Castro, Phil Jones (percussion); Bobby Womack, Ivan Neville, Flaco Jimenez, Mark Isham, Bernard Fowler.
Recorded at Windmill Lane Recording, Dublin, Ireland.
VOODOO LOUNGE won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.
Personnel: Mick Jagger (vocals, background vocals); Pierre de Beauport (acoustic guitar); Max Baca (bajo sexto); Frankie Gavin (fiddle, pennywhistle); David McMurray (saxophone); Mark Isham (trumpet); Chuck Leavell (piano, harpsichord, harmonium, Wurlitzer organ); Benmont Tench (piano); Luis Jardim (shaker, percussion); Phil & Debi Jones, Lenny Castro, Phil Jones (percussion); Ivan Neville, Keith Richards, Bobby Womack, Bernard Fowler (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Don Smith ; Bob Clearmountain.
Recording information: Windmill Lane Recording, Dublin, Ireland.
Photographer: Sante d'Orazio.
Unknown Contributor Role: Flaco Jim‚nez.
In an age of pre-fabs, readymades and wannabes, it's a gas gas gas to hear the truth, the guts of rock and roll peek through the curtains of time. VOODOO LOUNGE is a remarkable experience, the most visceral, daring Rolling Stones album since...who knows when.
Without seeking to alter their basic approach, producer Don Was has given this classic band a contemporary perspective. VOODOO LOUNGE proves that the Stones are still hard after 30 years on the world stage. There's an edge and a sense of danger to VOODOO LOUNGE that is palpable from the reassuring crunch of Richards and Wood on the opening "Love Is Strong," through the honky tonk bump of "Baby Break It Down" and the blue suede groove of "Mean Disposition."
The departure of bassist Bill Wyman has forced the Stones to dig deep, and the arrival of Darryl Jones has given drummer Charlie Watts, if not a new lease on life, a different point of view. Watts and Wyman were like the Benny Benjamin and James Jamerson of rock'n'roll, and without his trusted rhythm mate, the drummer has to listen like his life depended on it. Because producer Don Was insisted Mick have actual lyrics ready for the basic tracks, it obliged the Stones to return to the kind of live, spontaneous rhythm section feel that made even their most humble throwaways just jump out and bite you on the ass.