Recorded over the course of three days last December, the Stones return to the music that captured their imagination as English teenagers. It’s steeped in Chicago blues, the fountainhead of everything that they would eventually do. On Blue And Lonesome, the Stones are a ball of fire. Like on their best songs, the band is loose when needed, on the money where it counts. They attack the songs with the confidence that age and expirience lends. The guitars of Richards and Wood slash, burn and chug while the ever steady Charlie Watts holds it all in place. The star turn here goes to Jagger. His voice and delivery sounds like he’s lived these songs like the wizened singers of the originals. His harmonica, and there’s lots on this record, reminds you he’s still one of the best players of the instrument. Eric Clapton guests of two songs as well.