A Bigger Bang is the twenty-second studio album (twenty-fourth American album) by The Rolling Stones, released in 2005. The follow-up to Bridges to Babylon from 1997, it is currently their most recent studio album primarily consisting of original material. It is also their second Double Album, the first being Exile on Main St..
The album was written by a rejuvenated Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in 2004. That year, Charlie Watts was diagnosed with throat cancer and had to undergo radiotherapy. This was a major cause of the rejuvenation, as well as the improvement of the relationship between Jagger and Richards. Luckily, Watts was able to get rid of his cancer. Meanwhile, Ronnie Wood was busy on his solo work and ended up appearing on only 10 out of 16 tracks.
Upon release, it was greeted with generally favourable reviews and hit number 2 and 3 in the UK and US charts respectively. However, there were strong criticism on the length of the album.
- "Rough Justice" (3:11)
- "Let Me Down Slow" (4:16)
- "It Won't Take Long" (3:54)
- "Rain Fall Down" (4:54)
- "Streets Of Love" (5:10)
- "Back Of My Hand" (3:32)
- "She Saw Me Coming" (3:12)
- "Biggest Mistake" (4:06)
- "This Place Is Empty" (3:12)
- "Oh No, Not You Again" (3:46)
- "Dangerous Beauty" (3:48)
- "Laugh, I Nearly Died" (4:54)
- "Sweet Neo Con" (4:33)
- "Look What The Cat Dragged In" (3:57)
- "Driving Too Fast" (3:56)
- "Infamy" (3:47)
- Mick Jagger - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboard, bass, percussion
- Keith Richards - guitar, backing and lead vocals, keyboard, bass, percussion
- Charlie Watts - drums
- Ronnie Wood - guitar
Troping Too Fast:
- Absentee Musician: Ronnie Wood for much of the album.
- Alliterative Title: "A Bigger Bang".
- Animal Motifs: "Rough Justice"One time you were my baby chickenNow you've grown into a foxOnce upon a time I was your little roosterBut now I'm just one of your cocks(...) First time I saw babyI know you still got that animal attraction for me(...) You were springin' like a young gazelleAnd next thing I know, we're way down the roadAnd you're flying like a bat outta hell
- Break-Up Song:
You're awful brightYou're awful smartI must admitYou broke my heart
- "Streets Of Love".
And it won't take long to forget youYou know, I'll never own herAnd then all be over in a minuteAnd it won't take long
- "It Won't Take Long"
- Buxom Is Better: "This Place Is Empty"Come on, bare your breastsAnd make me feel at homeYou and me we're just like all the restAnd we don't want to be alone.
- Cradle of Loneliness: "Laugh, I Nearly Died"I've been down to India, but it froze my bonesI'm living for the city, but I'm all aloneI've been travelling, but I don't know whereI've been wandering, but I just don't care
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: "Driving Too Fast"You can follow the road to the mountainOr the track leading down to the beachYou can go where your life go left or go rightIt's you in the driver's seatBut if the rain starts swamping your windscreenAnd the lights don't piss through the nightAnd the truck's coming at you, just going to splash youThe highway's blinding bright
- Distinct Double Album: Along with Exile on Main St..
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Keith Richards dreamt the riff of "Rough Justice".
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Dangerous Beauty"In your high school photoYou looked so young and naiveNow I heard you got a nicknameThe lady of the leash
- Face on the Cover: The band sitting around a light flash.
- Femme Fatale: "Dangerous Beauty"Well you're a dangerous, dangerousA dangerous beautyYeah, disdainfully, painfullyA bit of booty, yeah
- Fortune Teller: "Back Of My Hand"I hear a preacher on the cornerRanting like a crazy manHe says there's trouble, troubles are comingI can read it like the back of my hand
- New Sound Album: Although this album is a (yet another) return to their roots, the album's style has been compared to works by contemporary artists such as The White Stripes and The Black Keys.
- One-Word Title: "Infamy"
- Power Ballad: "Streets Of Love".
- Product Placement: "Sweet Neo Con"But one thing that is certainLife is good at HaliburtonIf you're really so astuteYou should invest at Brown & Root...
- Protest Song: "Sweet Neo Con", aimed at the neo-conservatives within the American government.How come you're so wrongMy sweet neo con?If you turn out rightI'll eat my hat tonight
- Real Life Writes the Plot: "Sweet Neocon" was inspired by George W. Bush's war in Iraq:You call yourself a ChristianI think that you're a hypocriteYou say you are a patriotI think that you're a crock of shitAnd listen now, the gasolineI drink it every dayBut it's getting very priceyAnd who is going to pay?
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Look What The Cat Dragged In"What's that look on your face?It must have been the walk of shameYour eyes are all red, get ready for bedYour hair's all over the placeAnd look what the cat dragged inDon't you call me a friendGet out of my house with your dirty old mouthTake yourself out again
- Sanity Slippage Song: "Driving Too Fast"You're going out of your brain, out of your mindGoing insane, you're going blind...
I see dreams, I see visionsImages I don't understandI see Goya's paranoiasMmmm, the lamps are litThe moon is goneI think I've crossed the Rubicon(...) A band just played the wedding march
- "Back Of My Hand"
You look like a tumble of spadesIt must get a horrible tasteYou look like a fucker, Sergeant PepperAre you going to throw up all over my face?
- "Look What The Cat Dragged In" provides a Take That! against The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Keith Richards sings lead vocals on "This Place Is Empty" and "Infamy".
- Textless Album Cover: Just a photo of the band.
- Time Marches On: "Look What The Cat Dragged In" references the fact that there was war and civil unrest in Syria and Lebanon at the time this album was recorded. And... unfortunately not much has changed since...Looking at the sunday papers up what all the ladies did was so quietChecking what was going on in Syria and LebanonA bad pride, bad bribe
- Wham Line: "Infamy"I know you've got it in for meYou didn't miss a thingIt's you that wrote the song, babyBut me who's got to sing