Can this supergroup featuring Mick Jagger and Joss Stone buck the trend and be more than the sum of its parts?
From Cream to Monsters of Folk to the Abba All-stars (cruelly, they split after just one performance), the history of supergroups is littered with dream collaborations (Jay-Z and Kanye West's pairing), oddly unnecessary bass guitar workouts and, usually, a trail of bruised egos. Never one to miss the chance to flex his own ego, Mick Jagger announced the formation of SuperHeavy in May this year, featuring Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley and producer/composer AR Rahman. Apparently, the initial recording sessions resulted in songs that were more than an hour long, all recorded under the banner of writing songs that "had a meaning". From the 35 hours of music recorded, the album, also called SuperHeavy, selects 12 tracks (none of them an hour long), with the future single Satyameva Jayate featuring Jagger singing in Sanskrit.
Still, let's not get ahead of ourselves. First up is the video for Miracle Worker, a reggae number with a hint of No Doubt. Stone sings with Marley before a fantastically awkward Jagger emerges to drawl a litany of medical metaphors, including "no need for anaesthetics, I'm gonna check your chart". In the video the group go about their day ? Stone selling flowers, Marley playing records, Rahman sitting in a car, Stewart getting a tattoo (for some reason, he's billed as the band's rebel) and Jagger fidgeting awkwardly in a bright pink suit. Like the song, it's a mess but there's something oddly compelling about it.