Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★

There was a point in the late '60s when blues luminaries like Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters found themselves corralled into the studio by the younger hot-shot electric psychedelic rock musicians they'd inspired. Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman, Nicky Hopkins, and their ilk would "update" the older artists' sound, which generally meant making it a little louder, a little faster, a little heavier, and a little more polished. The albums that resulted were overall more interesting than they were good, comprising parts that were compelling on their own but ill-fitting in tandem, rarely coalescing fully. The old guys were generally the most interesting, even if they sounded a bit tired in context; the young guys sounded great, but you couldn't help thinking that they'd have created something more thrilling if they were to have worked on their own; and yet there was no denying that it was the Legendary Name and its cultural cache that had made the whole thing possible.

The Last Jedi is "The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions" of the Star Wars franchise.

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