Goddess In The Doorway

  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Nov 20, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. His most diverse and musically adventurous solo set to date.
  2. Blender
    Even the presence of A-list guests can't redeem such jaded, formulaic songs. [#4, p.118]
  3. 30
    All the star power in the world can't save sub-par material.
  4. An energetic, intelligent and fairly modern rock album - not exactly cutting-edge, but not entirely anachronistic either.
  5. A mixed bag, with its fair share of unsatisfactory pop throwaway moments but also a healthy dose of midtempo ballads and stratospheric numbers.
  6. Precision-tooled modern rock that aims for radio, not revelation.
  7. Mojo
    The album takes on an airbrushed blandness that drowns out both the odd outbreak of compositional quality and the promise of adventure offered by the guests. [Dec 2001, p.104]
  8. Some of it is awful. Some, notably 'Hide Away' and 'Lucky Day' are as good as anything on prime-time Stones album 'Black And Blue', which is saying something.
  9. Goddess is the only forward-looking project by a Rolling Stone since the band flirted with disco on "Miss You."
  10. Q Magazine
    Goddess In The Doorway is the work of a man who is generally interested and occasionally inspired. [#184, p.135]
  11. In terms of consistency, craftsmanship and musical experimentation, Goddess in the Doorway surpasses all his solo work and any Rolling Stones album since Some Girls.
  12. The A.V. Club
    Distinguished, eclectic, and difficult to love.... Mostly the songs beg for a rawer treatment, instead of the polite album-rock for which Jagger generally settles.
  13. Uncut
    The shock is that Goddess In The Doorway is really rather good. [Dec 2001, p.114]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Rev.Rikard
    Oct 21, 2005
    This is Jagger's best. Though each solo recording only reveals the glimmer twin's need of one another, this is one of the few This is Jagger's best. Though each solo recording only reveals the glimmer twin's need of one another, this is one of the few albums to which I can listen with a genuine sense of enjoyment. A thread of joy weaves itself through this collection of songs. Jaggers voice, though usually a vehicle for the blues, pulls off a celebratory sound that doesn't sound forced. Most solo albums by Jagger and Richards sound like medicore Stones' recordings with substitute musicians. However, here Jagger sounds like he has something to personally say that may or may not be shared by Keith. Though I always miss Richard's lovable, raunchy guitar licks on Mick's solo recordings, Jagger's vocals and the lyrical content allow me to miss those licks a little less. Making a Stone's fan ignore the absence of that unique rythm guitar, so definitive to the Stone's sound, is no small feat. Goddess pulls it off. Still, enough with the solo stuff, and enough with the "thrown together" material to create a tour (ala Bigger Bang). Find a hot, humid basement in France and churn out the quality stuff that dubbed you the "world's greatest rock and roll band." Full Review »