Personnel: Mick Jagger (vocals, guitar, Clavinet, harmonica, percussion); Lenny Kravitz (vocals); Jimmy Ripp (guitar, percussion); Frank Simes, Brendan O'Brian (guitar); Jaydee Maness (pedal steel guitar); Robin McKidd (fiddle); Courtney Pine (saxophone); Matt Clifford (virginal, harpsichord); Billy Preston, Benmont Tench (piano, organ); David Bianco (Moog synthesizer); Flea, Doug Wimbish, John Pierce (bass); Curt Bisquera, Jim Keltner (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Lynn Davis, Jean McClain, Sweet Singing Cava-Leers, Jeff Pescetto (background vocals).
Engineers: Manu Guiot, John Brough, David Bianco.
Personnel: Mick Jagger (vocals, guitar, harmonica, Clavinet, percussion); Lenny Kravitz (vocals); Jimmy Rip (guitar, percussion); Frank Simes, Brendan O'Brien (guitar); Robin McKidd (fiddle); Courtney Pine (saxophone); Billy Preston (piano, Clavinet, organ); Benmont Tench (piano, organ); Matt Clifford (virginal, harpsichord); David Bianco (Moog synthesizer); Curt Bisquera, Jim Keltner (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Jeff Pescetto, Lynn Davis , Jean McClain (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: David Bianco.
Photographer: Annie Leibovitz.
Arrangers: Jimmy Rip; Mick Jagger.
Jagger doesn't show any signs of wear on his third -- and by far best -- solo album. If anything, his voice seems to have developed a deeper bottom end without sacrificing any of the highs. This is not always an advantage -- the forced falsetto and rhythmic pulse of "Sweet Thing" causes a nightmarish flashback to the Stones' disco flirtations in the mid-'70s. But more times than not, this disc works. A lot of the credit goes to Jagger's backing band and producer Rick Rubin who keep things lean, mean, and simple. The economy of performance allows Jagger to remain credible on a wide variety of styles -- he delivers a groovin', sultry version of Bill Withers' soul classic "Use Me," a passionate country ballad on "Evening Gown," and even pulls off an Irish traditional folk piece with "Handsome Molly." ~ Roch Parisien
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.60) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone (2/18/93, p.56) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Jagger rocks with a willful, desperate abandon on WANDERING SPIRIT, the most purposeful and assured of his three solo discs....[He] seems determined to cede nothing to age, dismissing the idea of mellowing out as anathema..."
Entertainment Weekly (2/12/93, p.53) - "...Instead of downplaying his Stonesness, as he did on the earlier [solo] albums, the Jagger of WANDERING SPIRIT embraces it and friskily plays to its idiosyncratic strengths..." - Rating: B+
NME (Magazine) (2/13/93, p.32) - 6 - Good - "...Jagger is firmly in control, well sussed about what works best for him..."