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Emotional Rescue
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2000
Often seen as the worst ever Stones album, Emotional Rescue does not always get the respect it deserves. It does posess more variation than "Some Girls" and only one track, the ridiculous rocker "Where the boys go," is unlistenable to. The funky "Dance Part 1" is a great piece of music and the interplay on "Summer Romance" , "Let me go," and "She's so cold," is highly commendable. Othe highlights include "Down in the Hole," their first out and out blues song since "Silver Train," in 1973. "All about you," is a touching Keith Richards ballad and save the pane- shattering falsetto by Jagger, the title track is worth a listen. Overall, not a bad album, if you buy it with the knowledge that its no "Some Girls," or "Exile on main street," you will find some enjoyment from it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2010
This is much better than history, or some of the other reviewers here, allow. Yes, many of the songs are not as good as Some Girls ('Let me Go', 'Summertime Romance', 'Where the Boys go' - probably Some Girls off-cuts anyway), hence three stars, but it's by no means as bad as some claim. Keith is back in the frame, which has to be good - check out his guitar work on 'She so Cold', 'Send it to Me' and the hilarious 'Dance' (and try to stifle thoughts of 'Flight of the Condords' and 'Stella Street' respectively). Charlie is right up in the mix, which is exactly where he should be. I personally find 'Indian Girl' quite moving, if I try not to think about what Mick's REALLY got on his mind. And Emotional Rescue, the track, is by no means a poor man's 'Miss You': Mick falsetto and the band's performance on it are fantastic. They actually sound like a band working together, and a much-better recorded and mixed one than the muddy garage variety of Some Girls. Just one thing: the running order. If you re-programme it to the following, it sounds much better:

Dance
Summertime Romance
Send it to Me
Let me Go
Indian Girl
Where the Boys Go
Down in the Hole
All about You
She's so Cold
Emotional Rescue
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2010
I actually like Micks campy falsetto excursions..To hell with the purists! Emotional Rescue is as much a Stonesy album as any. Buy it, have fun.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2005
Well I must say this album has aged really well. From its rather undeserved reputation as the poor younger brother of 'Some Girls' (1978) which was such a sublime return to form to now what I consider to be only marginally inferior to that album and a good deal better than every Stones album since. This album still showed the boys in full swagger, with creditable experiments into disco and much more besides, including a couple of classic Stones rockers. I use classic somewhat sparingly as they have produced coiuntless rockers since, some of which are OK, some better than that. But here on 'Let Me Go' and 'She's So Cold' they sound great and if they care about what they are singing about. Unlike say 'Rock And A Hard Place' (1989) or any rocker from Tattoo You save the single 'Start Me Up' when the rockers on Side 1 sounded nothing less than filler. But enough of the negative! Back to this album.
The first track 'Dance' sounded dispensable at the time and is still hardly classic stuff. But it does create the mood for the album. Even the second number 'Summer Romance' which I always though was pretty weak sounds pretty good 26 years later. The reggae number 'Send It To Me' is perfectly creditable, and better than 'Hey Negrita' of similar vein from 1976.
Then we have 'Let Me Go' which is just great and should be played Loud. 'Indian Girl' is a good ballad in the style of 'Wild Horses' (1971). Mick J knows how to sing ballads like this!
Side 2 (of the vinyl record) opens with 'Where The Boys Go' which again is good played loud, although as a song is not quite up to scratch. But then on 'Down In The Hole' we have the Stones playing a slow blues ballad as convincingly as anything since 'I Got The Blues' from Sticky Fingers (1971). It may have sounded a little out of place in 1980, but is none the worse for that. The title track 'Emotional Rescue' sounds innovative and interesting after all this time, even though it failed to crack the Top Ten at the time. So what? Then comes 'She's So Cold' which contains a bitter lyric for sure but is infinitely more appealing than the rock material this band has made since. Witness 'She Was Hot' (1983), 'Little T And A' or 'Black Limousine' (both 1981) for example....compare those to this track! And then to crown it all we have Keith at his finest. 'All About You' is pretty close to being my favourite track of his (Slippin Away from 1989 runs it close, and 'Before They Make Me Run' (1978) is even better!).
So all in all, here we have a very creditable effort which they didn't tour off the back off it's true but then maybe that's a good again as I can't believe I am the only person to infinitely prefer studio Stones albums vs the endless live albums we have been subjected to. 'Still Life' (1981) for example....what the f*** was that??
Sorry to be so negative. I love these guys and in the period 1968 up to 1980 at least I can't really find much to criticise on their albums. Given that Tattoo You (1981) was too much like a collection of leftovers and therafter I think they lost some if not all of their inspiration, I believe this album to be the Last Great Stones Album. Not quite five stars....but close.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2012
Best , worst ? Enough of this comparativism !
This is a superbly hedonistic record . Anyone who doesn't enjoy it is probably of a naturally miserable inclination.
'Dance' evokes the heady days of Studio 54 , 'Where the Boys Go' is a glorious cockney stomper , the title track is a masterpiece of sensuality , the rocky 'Summer Romance'and 'Let Me Go' and the reggae-ish 'Send it to Me' are fun songs and 'Indian Girl ' is a tongue in cheek yet soulful C/W style ballad .The bitter-sweetl melancholy of 'All About You' features some nice vocals from Keef , as he kindly informs us that his beloved is 'always the first to get laid and the last bitch to get paid '(!).Finally the brilliant 'She's So Cold' is laugh out loud funny , with Mick singing plaintively of his sexual frustrations .
What is wrong with you people ?
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on 28 December 2013
One of the most underrated albums recorded by the best rock and blues bands in the world. Needs listening too carefully to appreciate the subtlety of the music. The bluse feel is always under the surface. Great musicianship and song writing throughout.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2010
hey ,lighten up guys, i love this album. Indian Girl is beyond bad...probably the worst song the band ever put their name to...but i like every other track on this album. A die hard Stones fan ,i may well be...well actually , ..Yes ,absolutely, I Am.
However , i am prepared to be critical where i think it's warranted. I hate the Voodoo Lounge album. Can't find a good song on the d**n thing.
This is probably the most 'mainstream' & most 'fun' of all the Stones releases. A lot of fans seem to find this unforgivable , something more siutable for The Kinks maybe,?, they get applauded (and rightly so), for a bit of 'tongue in cheek'. The Stones are no less degenerate or salacious here, they just seem to have a little more joy than usual about them. If anything ,these songs come across as being a little more honest, than say, Lies,Shattered,When The Whip Comes Down, etc, from their previous album, the brilliant Some Girls.
The Stones are famous for multiple reasons , but mostly they are famous because they write bl**dy good tunes. It may be 'only rock and roll', but these guys are, on this album , still amongst it's finest exponents.
'Dance', 'Summer Romance', 'Let Me Go', 'Where The Boys Go',& the Fantastic 'She's So Cold', are all great ,catchy,memorable, R'n'R tunes. The lyrical content wouldn't be out of place on a 'Faces' album. No higher compliment. 'Miss You' was and is ,a classic Stones song , and the similarly disco influenced 'Emotional Rescue' ,is only a shade less successful. Brilliant song, and the camp 'Jaggerisms' ,only make it all the better.
As i said earlier, lighten up , this album is full of great melodies , surely the most important ingredient for a good song. It ain't 'Bleed,Banquet,Sticky,Aftermath,or Exile', fair enough...but it ain't Voodoo either.
I play it regularly,i love it.
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on 15 May 2015
Fantastic underrated album with tracks such as she's so cold. Emotional rescue. Dance etc bought it on vinyl first time round still sounds great
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 29 September 2006
In some ways 'Emotional Resue' is quite experimental and certainly a change from the Stones more typical sound. It certainly wasn't an album that sounds like it belonged in an earlier era - it seems tuned into 1980 perfectly. The main problem with the album though is it seems to lack conviction and certainly sounds a very lazy offering from the Stones when compared with their best work.

A number of the songs are quite likeable yet lack substance. 'Summer Romance', 'Let Me Go' and 'Where The Boys Go' are high spirited yet slight tracks that don't stand up well to repeated listens while the reggae influenced 'Send It To Me' starts quite promisingly but ultimately leads nowhere.

'Emotional Rescue' isn't without charm however and 'Dance', 'Down In The Hole', and 'She's So Cold' have some very attracive qualities even if their overall effectiveness isn't all that strong. 'Emotional Rescue' (the song) has always been a firm favourite of mine. Its half reggae rhythm is quite unique as is Jagger's harsh falsetto vocal. 'She's So Cold' isn't the strongest of songs yet nevertheless it does show the Stones willing to try something a little different. The interplay between the quitars are quite effective and a long way from the tired recycling of riffs we've come to expect in these later years.

Overall 'Emotional Rescue' isn't a very strong album but it retains enough charm to make it interesting.
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