Tattoo You proved the stones could still write and play good music. This album showed the stones playing a variety of styles. The first side is very solid. 'Slave' is a bit grating, but the other songs make for great listening. On side two, 'Worried About You' is a neat soul number with Mick using his falsetto voice. 'Waiting On A friend' is an underrated tune that has Mick showing a softer side of himself and some sax work by the great Sonny Rollins. I think it stands up alot better than other Stones albums from the eighties. Emotional Rescue, Undercover, Dirty Work, and Steel Wheels (to a lesser degree) pale in comparison to Tattoo You. They aren't complete disasters, but it's easy to separate the few gems from the filler. Yes, I know Tattoo You is comprised mostly of material not used (or perfected) on previous albums. That's what impresses me about this album. The songs were taken from various recording sessions and in some cases completely overhauled (Start Me Up originally had a reggae beat!). It resulted in an album that's still a pleasure to listen to 23 years later. Is it a classic stones album? Well, it's no Exile On Main Street, but if you want to hear a very good sounding stones album from the early eighties, Tattoo You is the one to get.