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October 13, 1997 12:00 PM

The Rolling Stones

The guitars snarl, the drums crackle, the singer, yowling like a randy tomcat, lays it on the line: “Take me up/ Baby, I’m ready to go…” But haven’t we been here before? After all, “Flip the Switch,” which kicks off the Stones’ 39th album, is essentially a rewrite of Stones classics “Start Me Up” and “Rip This Joint.” And the eerie feeling of déjà vu only grows more pronounced with the hip-hop flavored “Anybody Seen My Baby?” that borrows its hypnotic beat and half-whispered tale of romantic obsession from the Stones’ 1978 disco-flavored hit “Miss You.” While there’s no denying the pleasure of hearing Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Co. on a roll, this time the Stones have built a Bridge to nowhere. (Virgin)

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