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It's got its moments but it's basically the sound of a band cornered (by punk and new wave) and desperately trying to forge a new identity in order to appeal to a younger audience. This is the point where they stopped being leaders but tried to hang on to the coat tails of a new music scene that effectively they inspired in the first place.
It was a stinking turd then, and smells no better today. The rockers are warmed over Some Girls. Very little of the rest measures up. The title track and Indian Girl stand out as being among the most cringe-worthy things they ever did.
Emotional Rescue was the first album that made me feel embarrassed to be a Rolling Stones fan. It was a stinking turd then, and smells no better today. The rockers are warmed over Some Girls. Very little of the rest measures up. The title track and Indian Girl stand out as being among the most cringe-worthy things they ever did.
It's no wonder Jagger didn't want to do much to promote it after its release beyond saying essentially, "it's out. Buy it." The worthy material on this album could have fit on a 12" single of Dance, i.e., both parts of Dance. You can have the rest of it.
I'd have to say that this album is clearly when the Stones took a turn for the worse in regards to lyrics, as far as I'm concerned.
Musically it is still solid - however I always compare the rock tunes to those on Some Girls, which hurts my likng of Emotional Rescue a lot -- Respectable, Lies, Whip Comes Down, Shattered, Before They Make Me Run are all far superior to tracks like Summer Rommance, Let Me Go, She's So Cold, Where The Boys Go. And if you call them both disco tracks, Miss You is also far superior to Emotional Rescue as well.
The one thing I like about it is I think this is Charlie at his best ever!
Jagger was into disco at the time. The titletrack was true to the period (the end of the disco-era) and was a minor hit (#3 on Billboard Hot 100). "The album gave the Rolling Stones their first UK #1 album since 1973's Goats Head Soup and spent seven weeks atop the US charts", according to Wikipedia. The rest of the album didn't hold up very well: not in 1980 and certainly not now. Tattoo You, which came out the following year was the album that was gonna save their careers for a very long time... .
The album that made me a fan when I was nine years old