History and recording
A few songs featured the albums are speculated to have been written about the tense relationship between Keith Richards and Mick Jagger and ensued when the two differed in opinion regarding the direction the Rolling Stones should go in. Keith ventured on this solo project in the wake of the release of Mick Jagger's debut solo album, "She's The Boss" (1985).
Recording of "Talk Is Cheap" began in August 1987 at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec, with visits to Montserrat and Bermuda, and was finished by May 1988. During these sessions, Keith wrote "Almost Hear You Sigh
" with drummer/producer Steve Jordan, a song which would later appear on the Rolling Stones' 1989 album, "Steel Wheels
Release and aftermath
To support the release, Keith played numerous solo shows with the X-Pensive Winos, the band the formed the core of the album's personnel.
In 1988, the album reached 37th on the UK Top 100 Albums chart and 24th on The Billboard 200. In 1989 it reached 54th on the The Billboard 200. The album went gold in the United States.