Picks and Pans Review: Voodoo Lounge

updated 07/18/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/18/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Rolling Stones

How harshly should one judge the Rolling Stones? After all, their aging fans don't seem to mind that the group has been happily coasting on its reputation for years. Even by lax standards, however, Voodoo Lounge is nothing more than a rubber-stamp effort. Its rockers (particularly the opening triad, "Love Is Strong." "You Got Me Rocking" and "Sparks Will Fly") rely heavily on formula and 50-year-old Jagger's increasingly less believable me-so-horny lyrics. The album's gutsiest tracks, "The Worst" and "Thru and Thru," come from Keith Richards, whose gravelly, sage stylings are better suited to a rock-and-roll artist firmly entrenched in middle age. Die-hard Stones fans may be willing to accept another predictable album, but more discerning ones will wish that this legendary band, which has dabbled in disco and experimented with reggae, had tried to produce an innovative album, not one that preaches to the converted. (Virgin)

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