Wil1972 Posted March 21, 2016 Share Posted March 21, 2016 Keith was never known for his guitar "wizardry". A lot of regular players can play his stuff, but it was his style, his innovative tuning etc and his riffs. Put it all with his swagger and you have one of my all time faves. Calling him over-rated is kind of missing the point. He came up with some of the most famous guitar lines ever. He was innovative for awhile. I don't necessarily feel that "flash" equates to a great guitarist. I like more subtle players too like Lindsey Buckingham and The Edge. But Keith lost something. Those early years were great, but somewhere in the mid- to late '70s it got hit and miss. I felt like he was coasting. Even something like Start Me Up was actually an older song that was recycled for Tattoo You in '81. Like I said the early stuff was great. And Keith really did some good stuff. Classic stuff. But what has he done since Start Me Up that even comes close to Jumpin' Jack Flash, Brown Sugar, Satisfaction, or even It's Only Rock and Roll? But I wouldn't call him overrated either.Who doesn't eventually lose something? Especially after an artistic peak like the Stones had from 1968 to 1972? You mentioned the Edge (who I like), he hasn't done anything interesting with a guitar since 1987! I would disagree, the experimentation U2 did in the 90s was pretty interesting to me. He got some interesting sounds, and layers of sound on those albums. I will say that he has reverted to a more basic style of playing though lately. And yes guitarists do lose something. But should they lose the desire to innovate or experiment? At least try new things? Even if they fail, they are attempts. I think he tends to rest on that particular style and sound. Again, not knocking the Stones, I love them. Just making a point that I can see how some would call him overrated, or feel that he hasn't really done much for the instrument in a long time. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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