The Dancing Stones
Morton | Colorado | 04/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album was the beginning of the Danceing Stones. The stopped rolling and started grovving! This, Emotional Rescue, along with Dirty Work has long been harald as one of The Rolling Stones' worst albums. Which is just not true. Yes, while this album is not as good as any of the album they released during the 1970's and while it's not the best album the Rolling Stones would release in the 1980's, it's better then almost anything from the 1960's and aside from that it's not a bad album in any respect, actually a pretty good one, and besides it's fun rock and roll!
The album opens up with one of it's best songs, 'Dance Pt.1' which runs in the same veins as Miss You did on Some Girls. Featuring a Trampled Under Foot (Led Zeppelin), style guitar riff and driving bass drum, its a down right good song. 'Summer Romance' takes us right back to hard rocking, guitar chugging, raw vocaled Stones. 'Summer Romance' is probably the hardest rocking song on the album, and maybe my favorite. 'Send It To Me' is yet another reggea song, but this time they actually do it right and it's good, and maybe the only reggea song the band has ever done that I have liked. So that tells you something right there! As the Jamacan flavor dies down we dive right back into another rocker, which features one of Keiths signature guitar riffs. 'Indian Girl' has some strange lyrics, and it's a piano/xylaphone driven country/reggea song. It sounds crazy, beleaive me I know, but it is actually a beautiful song. 'Where The Boys Go' is a great hard rocker full of excelent slide guitar by Mr. Ronnie Wood none the less. 'Down In A Hole' is a excelent blues track with great lyrics, Vocals, and Harmonica, basicaly this is Mick Jaggers song. Now that I think about it this is probably my favorite song on the album. The title track is next. 'Emotional Rescue' is a disco flavored rock song much like Dance Pt.1 but different, if that made any since what so ever? It features high pitched vocals and heavy bass, I found it annoying at first but it's actuclly kinda good and it slowly grows on you over time. 'Emotional Rescue' became the only hit single off of the album. 'She's So Cold' was another single off the album and while it didnt do quite as good as the title track it also unlike the title track went on to become a classic rock radio staple, and is a much better song, as Im sure anyone will tell you. The album closes with 'All About You' which is a nice little ballad sung by Keith of course. It's a really beautiful song and is really nice to ease you up of this high energy album, a great way to slow things down.
While Emotional Rescue may not have the creditials that Exile On Main Street, or Tattoo You have it is still a great album that shows the band in top form performance whise. Micks vocals are excelent, as well as Keiths. Charlie's drumming great as ever and is perfect along side Bill's bass. Keith and Ronnie's guitar playing is amazing as ever. After going back and listening to this album I cant see why anyone would hate or disslike this album? I think it's great!"
Actually, this is quite good
finulanu | Here, there, and everywhere | 06/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the Stones' most universally despised albums, and unlike Black and Blue or Goats Head Soup (similarly hated by "casual" Stones fans), it doesn't have a cult following that I know of. And I'd like to know why. Maybe it's because the title track and Dance (pt. 1) are totally horrendous? I'd rather not hear the Stones do straight disco (now, funk-rock like Miss You is perfectly acceptable). And is Indian Girl a horrid, wretched abomination of a song? Glad you asked. Of course it is.
Now, let us give thanks and praise for the rest of the album. Down in the Hole is the blues and nothing but - if the Stones recorded a whole album of songs like this, I probably wouldn't hesitate to give it five stars. Send It To Me is one of their better reggae songs. It's got a great beat, it's funny, and we're thankfully spared of Mick's reggae-imitation vocals. Love it. There's also a lotta rock here that's very easy to like, in spite of having frankly inane lyrics: Summer Romance, Let Me Go (nice sax solo!), She's So Cold, Where the Boys All Go. And even Keith's obligatory slow crooner/torch ballad thing at the end is good. Yeah, the lyrics were probably scrawled on a napkin over lunch before a session or something. But Bobby Keys and Charlie Watts save the day.
This isn't my favorite Stones album at all, and most people hate it, but I think it's better than even Tattoo You."