doesn't show any signs of wear on his third -- and by far best -- solo album. If anything, his voice seems to have developed a deeper bottom end without sacrificing any of the highs. This is not always an advantage -- the forced falsetto and rhythmic pulse of "Sweet Thing" causes a nightmarish flashback to the Stones
' disco flirtations in the mid-'70s. But more times than not, this disc works. A lot of the credit goes to Jagger
's backing band and producer Rick Rubin
who keep things lean, mean, and simple. The economy of performance allows Jagger
to remain credible on a wide variety of styles -- he delivers a groovin', sultry version of Bill Withers
' soul classic "Use Me," a passionate country ballad on "Evening Gown," and even pulls off an Irish traditional folk piece with "Handsome Molly."