Picks and Pans Review: Stripped

updated 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Rolling Stones

Now this is more like it. The Glimmer Twins have finally stopped trying to prove they're still the leaders of the greatest rock-and-roll band in the world and are merely embracing their gnarled, deeply entrenched R&B roots.

Before this collection of mostly acoustic reworkings of old chestnuts reaches a comfy cruising altitude, it has to get through some turbulence: On "Like a Rolling Stone," Jagger apes Bob Dylan unflatteringly, throwing in some off-key harmonica riffs to boot. The band and its fine supporting cast find their groove, however, on a remake of "Shine a Light" (from Exile on Main Street) and the creepy, crawly blues number "The Spider and the Fly." Guitarist Ron Wood peels off particularly luscious licks on "Love in Vain," and everyone gets down-home and dirty on Willie Dixon's "Little Baby." Finally, the Stones aren't showing their age, they're acting it. (Virgin)

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