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Superheavy’s first single, the straight-up reggae track ‘Miracle Worker,’ has arrived, and Mick Jagger‘s promise that the style of his diverse new all-star band of musicians would be surprising and “wide ranging” seems at least partially true so far.
As if to prove his point that the group, which also features modern-day soul singer Joss Stone, reggae star Damien Marley, award-winning Indian film composer A.R. Rahman and Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, is indeed a democracy, Jagger is neither the primary nor secondary vocalist on the track.
Instead, over a booming bassline and an extremely traditional reggae beat, Stone’s pop-influenced vocals carry most of the load, with Marley adding “toasting”-style commentary throughout, and Jagger merely popping in at a few specified moments, mostly to promise some new kind of sexual healing:
“My loving laser will regenerate your heart / No need for anesthetics, I’m gonna check your charts / I will reshape you, recast you from the mold / A brand new beautiful woman will blossom from the old.”
Sonically, it all sounds fantastic, but other than the slightly unique blend of the trio’s differing vocal styles, the song doesn’t break a whole lot of new ground. In fact, the track probably raises more questions than it answers about the upcoming album: Will Jagger stay this far in the background throughout? Will the reggae influence be as strong on other songs, or will musical styles more associated with the other artists in the band appear as well?
Mick Jagger, A.R. Rahman, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart and Damian Marley have formed the supergroup Super Heavy, but it’s the latter’s reggae rhythms that seem to have influenced the band’s first single “Miracle Worker.”
Now: imagine a room of distinct and forceful singers trying to pick out a strong verse melody that befits their own comfortable range, but only really matching up on a chorus. It pulls back on the reggae melodic ideas, but goes with a high-sheen pop-rock structure, a tinge of “world” flavor, a turn-taking hodge-podge of ideas.
I don’t hate it, but it certainly doesn’t make me eager for a final product from the group in September. And it is far, far away from the Rolling Stones, for you super (heavy) fans out there.
Back in May, it was announced that Mick Jagger had joined forces with A.R. Rahman, Joss Stone, Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and Damian Marley in a new group called Super Heavy. The idea that the group would be actually making music together seemed impossible, but the group’s debut single, “Miracle Worker,” hit iTunes yesterday, and it isn’t that terrible! It’s got a reggae flow, a lot of shouting from Damian Marley, some solid vocals from Stone, and even more shouting from Mick Jagger. But here’s the thing: This is at least better than most charity singles that bring this many big names in, and the way that they involve the three vocalists at least makes sense. You can pay for the song on iTunes now.
Mick’s new group, called SuperHeavy and consisting of Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley and Slumdog soundtrack star A.R. Rahman, just dropped their first single today, Miracle Worker. It’s a jammed-out reggae joint with a sweet hook, Jagger and Stone connecting on the chorus while Marley does lyrical throw-ins from the background and Rahman lays down an instrumental melody.
Consequence Of Sound
Fun fact: Mick Jagger says his new super group, SuperHeavy, which includes Eurythmics’ frontman Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, A.R. Rahman, and Damian Marley, is “different from anything else [he’s] ever been involved in.” Admittedly, loose statements like that hardly prove worthwhile; though, really, could it sink as low as this? Probably not. But if we’re to judge the group, whose debut LP hits streets on September 20th, on the basis of their first single, “Miracle Worker”, then we’re apt to believe in the lean Rolling Stones frontman. It’s definitely a shift from his familiar jangly blues rock. Some might feel it’s a tad messy. Let’s just say, if you like your grooves with a lil’ sparkle, then you’re about to dive into a five star (literally) aural scrapbook. We’ll see how the rest pans out come September, though…