Having apparently rediscovered their lost rockin' 'Mojo' with 'Some Girls', 'Emotional Rescue' was seen as several steps back for the 'World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band'. Funnily enough, I don't now think that the 'Black & Blue' album, the studio predecessor of 'Some Girls', was all that bad, although at the time of its release - 1976 - I did think otherwise, as Punk was starting to make the Stones look irrelevant. 'Emotional Rescue' is hardly as vital as 'Some Girls', and does sound like the band retreating into a musical comfort zone; there's a pot-pourri of styles, ranging from some so-so rockers, such as 'Where The Boys Go' and 'She's So Cold', a reasonable attempt at gut bucket Blues in 'Down In The Hole', and the token Keef tune, 'All About You', but the material is overall a bit undercooked and uninispired. This newly remastered version doesn't really add anything to that impression. That being said, I actually like Mick Jagger's occasional excursions into falsetto vocal territory, and the title track is one of his better efforts in this vein. The playing is pretty good, too, but they'd do far, far better with their next album, 'Tattoo You', which despite apparently being largely cobbled together from outtake recordings and unused material from as far back as the Mick Taylor days (he left in 1974, and 'Tattoo You' didn't surface until 1981), was a far more pertinent, focussed, direct and energised record than the misfiring 'Emotional Rescue' album.