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SUPERHEAVY
Superheavy
2011

 

 

By Shane Pinnegar

 

Ahh, supergroups – some hit the spot, some miss by a mile.

 

Assembled by Eurythmics man Dave Stewart, Superheavy features Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, soul songstress Joss Stone, Damien Marley and Indian keyboard whiz and producer A R Rahman.

 

Most artists settle into a particular style, or into their comfort zone – I’m trying to avoid saying ‘rut’ – with age and experience, so the danger is that each will pull in their own directions at the expense of the music. Thankfully though, Superheavy at their best produce pure, unashamed pop gems – just check out first single ‘Miracle Worker’, ‘Unbelievable’, ‘Energy’, ‘Beautiful People’ – but over 16 songs the album is too long and gets bogged down with what could easily be some generic latterday Stones album outtakes.

 

You should also take claims that these diverse musicians have created a brand new genre of music with a grain of salt – that’s not in any way the case. What we have here is pop rock with elements of soul, reggae & dancehall, and bhangra. The whole album SOUNDS great – they really do seem to have gone into this without ego, letting each member’s chosen sounds serve the songs for the most part.

 

So, a good album with a few great songs. However, more ruthless quality control would have served them better.