Hackney Diamonds

The Rolling Stones - Hackney Diamonds
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2023 Ratings: #223 / 757
Year End Rank: #50
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Based on 698 ratings
2023 Rank: #899
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Telegraph
Jam-packed with Jagger swagger, this crisp and thrilling album is the Stones sounding as good as they did in the 1970s.
100
Spill Magazine

Slang for broken glass, Hackney Diamonds is truly a defining moment for The Rolling Stones. Over 60 years into their career, the rock’n’roll originators have delivered what could very easily be their greatest album since 1978.

100
The Arts Desk
On 'Hackney Diamonds', they’re doing what they do best, but at full throttle.
90
musicOMH

With a galaxy of guest stars, from Stevie Wonder via Elton John to Lady Gaga, if this astonishingly fresh album really is the legends’ last, it’s an incredible swansong.

90
Paste
The greatest rock band of all time still has a lot left in the tank on their 24th studio album—an ambitious, familiar and explosive return after going 18 years without releasing an album of new material.
90
Classic Rock

Hackney Diamonds is no museum piece. It’s a 21st-century record for a 21st-century audience that, with an old-school 48-minute duration, only ever leaves the listener hungry for more.

80
The Independent
Appearances from their creakier contemporaries like Elton John and Paul McCartney give the album a sense of career closure.
80
Mojo

Hackney Diamonds feels like a self-aware, historically mindful party, Jagger’s remarkable vocal thrust utterly unimpaired.

80
Uncut
Post-Charlie, the Stones come out fighting.
80
The Guardian
The Stones’ first album of original material in 18 years crackles with a sense of purpose, with fabulous Keith Richards riffs and Mick Jagger sounding genuinely energised.
80
Rolling Stone
They haven't sounded this on top of their game in about half a century.
80
American Songwriter

Hackney Diamonds is quintessential Stones, a fine comeback by any measure. Some 60 years on, the Stones are rolling as effortlessly as ever. Welcome back, boys.

80
Record Collector

Hackney Diamonds sparkles brightest when it touches base with bygone precious gems. And, let’s be honest, isn’t that what most of us were hoping for?

80
DIY
When you’ve made as deep and enduring a cultural mark as this, what’s a little lighthearted fun?
80
NME
Rejoice! The rock legends' first album of original material in almost two decades is an absolute barnstormer.
80
The Irish Times
No one expects the band’s quality control to scale the heights of yesteryear, but this collection is more than a pleasant surprise.
80
Evening Standard
This excellent set of songs has a certain down and dirty rage that feels perfect right now.
70
Clash
More releases may yet emerge from this batch of recordings, but ‘Hackney Diamonds’ presents a group whose virility, ambition, and desire to connect remains undimmed.
70
Slant Magazine
The album captures a genuinely contemporary flair that the band hasn’t successfully embodied since the late 1970s.
70
Exclaim!

Hackney Diamonds may not go down as an iconic Stones LP, but this late in the game it's basically a triumph by nearly every measure. But anyone who knows what Mick and Keith are capable of should have seen this coming. After all, they're the bloody Stones.

70
The Line of Best Fit
It’s by no means perfect, but that’s not what the Rolling Stones are about. These troubadour, raconteurs set the blueprint and this is them laminating it for good measure, refusing to ever let the moss grow fat.
70
Beats Per Minute

Hackney Diamonds is a really great late Stones album, albeit just a pretty good rock album in the canon of history. That’s a compliment.

70
AllMusic
At its heart, it's nothing more than the Rolling Stones knocking out some good Rolling Stones songs, which seems like a minor miracle after such a long wait.
70
PopMatters

The Rolling Stones’ Hackney Diamonds sounds like a great band making a good record well past the point when we thought it was no longer possible.

65
Still Listening

Hackney Diamonds is not to be approached by chin-stroking music fans who want a late career classic.

60
The Observer
With plenty of strut and starry backup, the band’s first album of originals in nearly two decades peaks in its quieter moments.
45
Pitchfork
Speckled with guest stars and produced by Andrew Watt, the Stones’ second original album this century is a bunch of hackneyed duds, polished until the character has disappeared.
BradTasteMusic
69

Not a huge fan of the stones, but I can definitely say they sound alive and well here. Some songs felt more alive than others, but this was actually a bit of a surprise. I expected to be bored, and treated to geezer garbage. Sure it sounds a bit dated, but it’s faithful to a sound, and will occasionally come through with something special, like the song with Gaga. A pleasant surprise

KaitoNkmra
76

How the fuck did these old fucks pull off an album this good this late into their careers?

I was pretty skeptical of the rest of the project after the release of “Angry”, which was just ok in my books. But then they dropped “Sweet Sounds Of Heaven” and it blew my fucking balls off. Being a longtime Stones fan especially, it got me pretty hyped for this album.

Well, it doesn’t reach the highs of the latter for the rest but “Hackney Diamonds” is still ... read more

BartDaGoat
75

YOU KNOW I'M LIVING LIKE A ROLLING STONE
BUT DON'T FEEL FOR ME
YOU KNOW I'M IN MY ZONE
SO DON'T SPEAK TO ME
AND IN MY MIND I JUST FEEL SO ALONE
JUST RELEASE ME
I don't think The Rolling Stones need big explanation who they are. They of course are rock legends. This century they didn't release a lot of new materials. Their 2005 album "A Bigger Bang" was their last album full of new material. After that project they went on various tours. In 2006, they played half-time show during ... read more

zeelee233
78

The cheating corpse is really romantic, the vocal is not old and better, the old-school style is a large collection, the mellow and smooth passion, familiar but not tacky, the last blues is the realm

peringilt
66

It sounds exactly the same as everything they released in the last 35 years, but still feels cohesive, having a few good moments. Fans of the band will probably enjoy it more than I do.

68

It’s good modern Stones music, but not really interesting or needed.

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Added on: August 24, 2023