Acclaimed Albums – Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 160/250Title: Sticky Fingers
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Year: 1971
Position: #48

I tried again with the whole ‘listen to a list album whilst playing Horizion: Zero Dawn‘ shtick and, unlike my experience with Fun House this did not lead to me becoming stupidly stressed and needing some time to calm down. I think this speaks to both the calmer blues rock and the fact that I didn’t try and battle any major bosses (other than a pod of some nasty looking robot crocs).

Anyway, I should stop talking about Horizion: Zero Dawn. 

There are times when I listen to an album where all I can hear are ghosts of songs yet to come. With ‘Brown Sugar’ I could hear elements of what would become Foreigner’s ‘Hot Blooded’ and then the blues guitar twangs on ‘Sister Morphine’ let me towards Sheryl Crow’s ‘There Goes The Neighbourhood’. It’s one of the negatives of listening to these albums in a semi-random order –  unlike with the 1001 Songs I am not getting a good through line of how music is changing.

Still, by doing it this way I am able to appreciate it (or not) on a more personal level and, with Sticky Fingers, there are a number of songs on this album that stand out. The two I have mentioned already would probably be my main highlights, but there’s also the album closer ‘Moonlight Mile’. It’s not a song that I had heard of before and yet it’s the one I have been weirdly drawn to. It’s a bit of a mysterious one to end on and, unlike the epic ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’, it feels like the first time I’ve properly heard a vulnerable side from the band.

In the past I haven’t exactly been exploding with compliments for albums by The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers is a real way forward. It got hold of me straight away and makes me feel all the more interested to listen to Exile on Main St. which is their highest ranked album by some way.

With (at the time of writing) 90 albums left before I see out the top 250, I cannot help but wonder how long it is going to take me before crossing this off.

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