Tuesday, June 3, 2008

No Expectations

Beggars Banquet
Track 2
"No Expectations" – 4:02

Yeah, I know I'm not supposed to like it: its self-consciousness is unseemly – Mick's arch vocal is especially irritating. But dammit, the melody is memorable, the first time the Stones have managed to compose something like this. The deliberate and unhurried tempo adds credibility to the fake gravity of the lyrics. Nicky Hopkins' languorous piano part adds class to what should have been a throwaway ballad. So I end up loving it in spite of myself.