|1. Start Me Up|
|2. Hang Fire|
|4. Little T & A|
|5. Black Limousine|
|7. Worried About You|
|10. No Use In Crying|
|11. Waiting On A Friend|
As a testiment to a band which had already been around for two decades, Tattoo You put Mick and the boys back on top!
Many of the songs on this release are some of the finest work done by the Stones and classics in their massive canon of music!
This is one release for every Stones fan's collection.
The opener, Start Me Up, is the Stones at their high powered best with its killer riff and insistent rhythm, whilst the melodic Hang Fire with its impressive vocals comes a close second. These were big hits and can be found on many Stones compilations.
The bluesy Black Limousine and the reggae-influenced Slave aren't bad either, but ballads like Tops and Heaven fall somewhat beneath their high standards. This may be forgiven though, since the closing number, the poignant Waiting On A Friend sees them at their soulful best. It's a moving ballad on a par with earlier great moments such as Wild Horses and Dead Flowers from 1971s Sticky Fingers album.
Overall Tatto You is thus an uneven work but the aforementioned highlights more than make up for the few tepid and uninspired ballads. I give it four stars but that is judging it by the high standards of their own work.
Forget the complaints that START ME UP and LITTLE T & A are just commercial shucks. If they are, they put many other commercial shucks to shame. ... GET this CD, and ROLL with it ...
HANG FIRE isn't any slacker-rocker either. Listen again.
... to appreciate, you gotta get INTO much of TATTOO YOU. It takes time. And time well spent ... great lines, repeated, "don't let the world pass you by ...don't let the world pass you by ..." : think about it. It's another 'Time Waits for No One,' another one of their best tunes ... ( see 'only rock and roll' CD.)
GET this CD, dudes, and rock 'til it sinks IN ...
SLAVE and TOPS are repititious, but damn GOOD. Three cheers and a hip-hip-hooray! for a band that can make repitition sound DGOOD, like the Stones do here. Think: how many bands get away with it ? these are MESSAGE songs, dam it .. be patient, and listen ... (there are worse homework assignments, believe me ...) ... good rock meditations/contemplation ...
GET this CD dudes ... and let it SINK IN ...
you ain't heard NUTHIN' yet, if you only give this EXCELLENT disc just a lick and a promise, and then 'dismiss it with a jest ...'
the intially lukewarm sounding WAITING ON A FRIEND reminds listeners of the need to think of a woman as a FRIEND, even if she is your lover. "Makin' love and breakin' hearts ... it is a game for fools ..." Preach it, Mick!!!! (check the Keno's Stones lyrics websites, and others, for this album ... it's WORTH it ... you'll be Stone-cold 'TATTOO YOU' sold ...)
so the Stones matured ...so, they ask you to listen a little bit longer ... IT'S WORTH IT !
OWN THIS CD ... and catch the deeper meaning of these tunes ...
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