Too many tracks sound uninspired for this to be a top rate CD. No Use In Crying, Tops, Slave, and even Start Me Up sound like they were written in about five minutes tops. The best tracks are good but do not stand up to prior Stones material. Very mediocre.
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Often viewed as the band's last great album,Tattoo Youcontributed one true classic, "Start Me Up," to the Stones' canon. The song, still used as a concert finale, begins with a fat Keith Richards guitar riff and ends with a leering Mick Jagger murmuring about a woman who could "make a dead man come." The rest isn't as consistent as, say, "Sticky Fingers," but the fast-paced "Hang Fire," the surprisingly non-sexy "Waiting on a Friend," and Richards's "bitch"-filled "Little T&A" make this the Stones' best '80s release by far. Released in 1981, it was the right album at the right time, with strong singles just after MTV began. With typical savvy, the Stones maneuvered gently into the video age.--Steve Knopper