SuperHeavy’s debut of rock, reggae offers hits, misses

Jack H. Evans

In these days of advanced internet communication, supergroups (bands made up of already established popular musicians) are becoming more and more common. Emerging bands such as Them Crooked Vultures and Chickenfoot have spiked in popularity in recent years. Now, a new supergroup has emerged on the music scene fronted by the man that many consider to be the greatest frontman in classic rock. That’s right, Mick Jagger is back—along with an all-star cast of musicians, including soul singer Joss Stone, The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, reggae musician Damian Marley (yes, one of the Marleys), and Indian film composer A.R. Rahman. The group, entitled SuperHeavy, released their self-titled debut album on Sept. 19. As could be expected from the musicians in the project, SuperHeavy is a tastefully crafted blend of rock, reggae, and soul music. Jagger, Stone, and Marley all use their distinctive voices to their advantage on the straight-up reggae of lead single “Miracle Worker,” while Jagger belts it out like he’s always done with the Rolling Stones on the more rock ‘n’ roll “I Can’t Take It No More,” which also contains flashier guitar work from Stewart. However, SuperHeavy does have one major drawback. The album can, at times, become a little bit… boring. While each song is obviously skillfully penned, played, and produced, some of the songs just don’t cut it for a group of such prestigious musicians. Fortunately, the album is spiced up by songs like “Satyameva Jayathe,” which brims with an Indian feel and “I Don’t Mind,” which is more soft-spoken and sensitive than other tracks. “Miracle Worker” displays excellent all around musicianship and is the obvious choice for a lead single, while a Bob Dylan influence shows its face in “Never Gonna Change.” Thus, the album has several standout tracks, even though some songs seem more like filler. With their self-titled effort, SuperHeavy has produced an album that will surely appeal to fans of each of the artists and of reggae and rock in general. Though the album tends to drag on at times, it has enough good tunes to be appreciated by many music aficionados. Overall rating: 7/10