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Whether you like this album or not: You might as well get juiced..
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Bridges to Babylon is the twenty-first studio album (twenty-third American album) by The Rolling Stones, released in 1997. By this stage of their career, the time-space between their albums was growing. Although this album came out three years after Voodoo Lounge, it would be eight years before their next studio album (A Bigger Bang) was released.

Upon release, it was greeted by strong mixed reviews, particularly the main single "Anybody Seen My Baby?". The chorus of "Anybody Seen My Baby?" sounds a lot like kd lang's "Constant Craving": It's reportedly a coincidence, and since this came to the band's attention before this album was released, they actually credited lang (and her co-writer, Ben Mink) as co-writing the song to help prevent any kind of lawsuit.


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Tracklist:

  1. "Flip the Switch" (3:28)
  2. "Anybody Seen My Baby?" (4:31)
  3. "Low Down" (4:26)
  4. "Already Over Me" (5:24)
  5. "Gunface" (5:02)
  6. "You Don't Have to Mean It" (3:44)
  7. "Out of Control" (4:43)
  8. "Saint of Me" (5:15)
  9. "Might as Well Get Juiced" (5:23)
  10. "Always Suffering" (4:43)
  11. "Too Tight" (3:33)
  12. "Thief in the Night" (5:15)
  13. "How Can I Stop" (6:53)


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Tropes In The Night:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "Always Suffering"
    While the whole world was wandering
  • Alliterative Title: "Bridges To Babylon" and "T'oo Tight".
  • As the Good Book Says...: "Saint Of Me"
    Saint Paul the persecutor
    Was a cruel and sinful man
    Jesus hit him with a blinding light
    And then his life began
    I said yeah
    I said yeah
    Augustin knew temptation
    He loved women, wine and song
    And all the special pleasures
    Of doing something wrong
  • Break-Up Song:
    • "Anybody Seen My Baby?" is one where the girl seemingly left the city without even warning the narrator.
    Anybody seen my baby
    Anybody seen her around
    Love has gone and made me blind
    I've looked but I just can't find
    She has gotten lost in the crowd
    • "Already Over You"
    In the first flush of ecstasy
    As you lay naked next to me
    While our love put the dawn to flight
    I just ignore all those warning lights
    Cause when you laugh I just cry
    When you left I just died
    Are you already over me?
    Are you already over me?
    Are you already sick me?
    What a fool I've been
    • "Thief In The Night"
    I know where your place is
    And it's not with him
    I'm the one who is out here baby
    Out here, just looking in
    He ain't gonna like it at all
  • Celebrity Cameo: Angelina Jolie appears as a stripper in the music video of "Anybody Seen My Baby?"
  • Crapsack World: "Always Suffering"
    Now the rain is falling slow
    And the nights grow long
    And the train
    Cries out so hauntingly
    She is gone
    Now we're always suffering
    Already lost
  • Epic Rocking: The 6:53 and aptly titled "How Can I Stop?".
  • Fading into the Next Song: In at least the latest CD edition of this album, "Out Of Control" cross-fades into "Saint Of Me". It's especially noteworthy because in the cassette and vinyl editions those two songs were separated by a side break.
  • Intercourse with You: "Too Tight"
    Baby you're tight for me
    (I warn you) yeah
    Far too tight for me
    Yeah
    Untie those sheep shanks, yes
    And all those fancy knots
    I'm not Houdini, honey
    C'mon now and loosen up
    (Tight)
    (Too tight)
  • New Sound Album: Most likely due to the use of multiple producers. The sound is firmly in The '90s.
  • Ode to Intoxication: "Might As Well Get Juiced"
    The wheels of life are passing you by
    You might as well get juiced
    Might as well get juiced
    Some people like to get high on love
    Buss it off with alcohol
  • One-Word Title: "Gunface".
  • Panthera Awesome: The Assyrian lion on the cover, which has a Pharaoh-like beard because the art director drew influence from the Lamassu.
  • Questioning Title?: "Anybody Seen My Baby?" and "How Can I Stop?".
  • Sampling: The only Stones album to do so. Used in the songs "Anybody Seen My Baby?" (featuring a brief Biz Markie rap), "Saint Of Me" and "Might As Well Get Juiced".
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Too Tight"
    I am not Houdini
    • "Saint Of Me" references biblical characters Saint Paul, Jesus, Augustin, John the Baptist, Herodes and Salome.
  • Special Guest: By recording in Los Angeles, various musicians friends could attend the sessions, such as Billy Preston and Blondie Chaplin .
  • Stalker with a Crush: "Thief In The Night"
    I'm gonna steal what's mine
    Oh I'm gonna break the laws
    But I'll get through you door
    But you wait and see
    Yeah, I'm gonna get ya, get you free
    (Like a thief)
    I found out where he keeps you
    I've even been inside
    you check under your pillow baby
    You'll get the message
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Keith Richards sings lead vocals on "You Don't Have To Mean It", "Thief In The Night" and "How Can I Stop".
  • Troubled Production: Mick Jagger wanted to bring in outside producers instead of just relying on Don Was. Keith Richards was less than willing to do bring in "loop gurus", going as far as expelling Danny Saber from the studio once he found him overdubbing guitars. Was made sure to work with Richards and Jagger in separate rooms, Richards brought another producer for the tracks he sang (with Jagger boycotting those sessions), and Charlie Watts, who tried to relieve tension getting closer to the percussionist (they would even record an album together), left LA as soon as he wasn't needed anymore.
  • Villain Song: "Saint Of Me"
    And I do believe in miracles
    And I want to save my soul
    And I know that I'm a sinner
    I'm gonna die here in the cold
    I said yes, I said yeah
    I said yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah
    You'll never make a saint of me


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