While not their worst album ("Dirty Work" takes that honor), "Emotional Rescue" ranks as The Rolling Stones' most inconsistent and overall weakest effort since "Black And Blue". This is due partly to the fact that many of the songs are weak and the tensions brewing between Mick and Keith at the time took a toll on their creative skills. It's a shame that this album had to follow up their masterpiece "Some Girls", the last great album they ever recorded.
"Emotional Rescue" does, however, have a number of highlights. "She's So Cold" is a great rocker in league with "Start Me Up" and "Brown Sugar". "Let Me Go" is a nice country - style number that was one of the few highlights of their 1981 tour. The funk - laden title track (Billboard # 3) is a great dance song, as good as "Miss You". Finally, there's the Keith - sung ballad "All About You", which ranks as his best love song and second - best song overall (after "Happy").
On the downside, there's a number of low points. "Indian Girl" can draw you in with enough listens, but is lyrically and musically bizarre. "Dance (Pt. 1)" may be the worst song they ever did, and thankfully the second part was never released. "Summer Romance" and "Where The Boys Go" are bombastic, while "Send It To Me" and "Down In The Hole" are horrible reggae attempts.
Overall, not their best efforts. Some songs shine above the rest, but this is not top notch level Stones material.