MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: MICK JAGGER - GOTTA GET A GRIP/ENGLAND LOST
Clearly energized by last year's good will surrounding the Stones' Blue and Lonesome album, Jagger surprises us with a two-track single, heavy on the groove. Gotta Get A Grip has a dark, funky mood, pretty much built around one riff, Jagger's gritty voice and a bit of his always-appreciated harp. He's called this a response to the political climate in England after Brexit, but really there's not a lot of analysis here, it's all in the slightly menacing delivery.
England Lost is another on the same theme, again a simple groove track. The lyrics are a bit more prominent, built around a play-on-words, England Lost either at soccer or politically. It's no great statement, but you can dance to it. Neither side feels like a desperate attempt at a hit, like Jagger used to do with his solo work, so consider that a success.