When I first put on Tattoo You I was happy that it had the more familiar Stones sound, without the disco, punk, and experimentation of their albums of the previous few years that had been less than appealing, at least to me. Well, maybe "Heaven" is experimental, but the result is very nice, a lovely ambience. But for the most part, the rockers and ballads on this CD are a return to the basics, while at the same time having little redundance with respect to earlier songs. C'mon detractors, Keith Richards' "Little T & A" is really cool, one of the most quintessential Stones-sounding songs. The group also came up with one of their signature tunes here in "Start Me Up," not as strong as their classic rockers but certainly as catchy. "Hang Fire" is another good potent number. The more mellow stuff is on the latter part of the CD, and the last two tracks, the ballads "No Use in Crying" and "Waiting on a Friend," are very evocative. There are a few so-so cuts, but for the most part it is a solid lineup. Not only is "Tattoo You" authentic Rolling Stones, but it represents a latter-day high-water mark--they have not come up with anything better since.