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Fourteen Reviews - Overall Average Rating -   6.7 Tongues


by Morty62
November 12, 2010
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Sandwiched between Some Girls and Tattoo You, Emotional Rescue has been an album largely overlooked by both fans and critics, and unjustly so. Stylistically it's all over the place: funk, disco, blues, punk, balladry, and new wave. But upon close listening the album showcases all the things the Stones do well. On "Summer Romance" and "Where the Boys Go", the riffs slash and bite harder than on Some Girls while Jagger sneers and leers with cockney glee. The title track features a fantastically funky bass line by Ronnie Wood and one of Mick's most distinctive vocals, all falsetto shiver one minute and debonair suave the next.

"Dance" is a funky, claustrophobic NYC dance-floor workout, while "She's So Cold is all taut guitar pulse, cracking drums (Charlie is brilliant throughout) and palpable sexual frustration. Keith's smoky ballad is a ragged, haunting, whiskey-soaked gem. The band creaks, shudders, and moans through the very under-rated "Down In the Hole," which features terrific harp and as desolate a vocal as Mick ever sang. And the mix, which manages to be lean, powerful and distant at the same time, is one of the band's most unique.    

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by Grown Up All Wrong
November 11, 2009
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I have to say that the Rolling Stones album Emotional Rescue is a real pleasure to spin. It has a feel good quality to it that brings a smile to your face and sets your foot a tapping. From the opening riff of "Dance {Part 1" to the coda of the haunting ballad “All About You”, the Stones take you on a Musical journey, exploring different styles and tempo’s that leave you wanting just a little bit more. Whether it’s the guitar fueled rockers “Summer Romance”, “Let Me Go” and “Where The Boys Go” or the Reggae influenced “Send It To Me”, Keith Richards and Ron Wood prove that they are what all rock guitarists should aspire to be.

The Dance influenced title track “Emotional Rescue” and the albums opening song “Dance {Part 1}" illustrates that the band is not afraid to show their funkier side. They also stay in touch with their roots with the song “Down in The Hole” reminding us that the Rolling Stones can still play the blues.

I would have to say that the only song on this fine release that is a bit lacking is “Indian Girl”. Somehow the social message just doesn’t come through on this one and Mick Jagger singing about fighting in the streets of Masaya and shooting down planes with M 16’s misses the mark. I can’t say that it’s awful, but it just doesn’t seem to fit with an album that has a classic like “She’s So Cold” on it. What can you say about this tune but wow? The guitar weaving and the vocals take the listener back to the simpler times of “Under My Thumb” and “Stupid Girl”. Burning bushes, burning fires and bleeding volcanoes heat this song up.

All in all, this release may not measure up to Exile on Main Street or Let it Bleed, but it does manage to stand on its own.

by K-man
March 31, 2009
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This is a bad album. Unlike the other bad album from this same time period Undercover, this one doesn't even have any amusing moments (other than Mick's shout-out to Keef to kick off the album), well, at least not until the last 3 songs; those are the only ones I bother with anymore.

The title track, "She's So Cold", and "All About You" are all really good! I love the title track especially for the spoken word conclusion by Mick a la "Too Much Blood", etc... "She's So Cold" is a very unexpected return to their Chuck Berry-esque roots on an album noted for its ill-advised forays into disco (but hey, so many great 60's bands/artists fell into the same trap during this era). It's a very welcome return to good ol' rock 'n roll: "She's so cold. She's so god-damn cold!"

Most of the time Keno's insights are fairly similar to my own, but definitely not when it comes to one of the first of Keef's great album-closing ballads. Yes, it is a very weary-sounding lament. But that's what's so great about it! Keef is just "sick and tired" of it all, and the listener is left with no doubt. His last sentence brings the mostly forgettable album to a close with a painfully tender admission.

by horatio keats
October 11, 2006
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Emotional Rescue is one of the Stones weaker albums but it does have a few powerful moments. The blues is what the Stones live and breathe; the cry of anguish mirrored in slide guitar of "Down in the Hole" is tip-top of hurtin' and feeling bad. Friends of the blues but only knowing the Stones through Hot Rocks are blown away by this mean deep track. Truly, it is the strongest track. "Emotional Rescue" is a genuine pop song; however, it is a classic. "Dance" is a fun night club song (7.3). "Indian Girl" seems to continue to grow on me. Girls at parties almost always request it. (7.0). Most of the other songs seem to grate on me.

By Pete
October 3, 2005
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There are a few things that has to be said about this album. First of all, is that it´s an underrated album. Of course the Stones have released much better things than this, but I mean many weak tracks has this one? Right now I listen to "She´s so Cold" and that is a damn good song! You can also take a listen to "Let me Go", "Summer Romance", "Where the boys go" and the title track "Emotional Rescue". All five are really good songs. The album itself reminds me a lot about the Some Girls LP, and I think a number of the tunes were recorded during those sessions.

But ok, I admit that it´s two or three weak songs here: "Down in a Hole", "Indian Girl" and "All about You", but over all this LP is not so bad as many fans think.

By Prodigal Son
August 2, 2003
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Though there are some standouts, on a whole Emotional Rescue truly needs to be rescued. Here goes my listings:
"Dance, Pt. 1" - 6, This is a half-baked disco workout that tries to score on the success of "Miss You," but lacks imagination and exciting traits to do so.
"Summer Romance" -7, True it sounds like a million of Mick's punk-rock escapades from Some Girls, ala "Lies," "Respectable," but this one is just another deserving solid track in that line of work.
"Send it to Me" -5.5, It may sound promising at first with this reggae sendup. But the problem is, it's repetitive and completely bores the mind. Now, if a Stones song has you itching to hit the skip button, you know it's a mediocre track.
"Let Me Go" -7, This picks up slightly on the bore of "Send it to Me" with some frenetic rocking. Though it is more filler, it's enjoyable filler.
"Indian Girl" -5.5, Mick's attempts at romantic serenading are just downright flat and embarrassing. The talking sequences don't help either. This could have used some of the same passion that made "Beast of Burden" so wonderful.
"Where the Boys Go" -7, Kicking off side 2, this rip-roller with female accompaniment in the vocals is reminiscent of something Meat Loaf or the movie Grease would do. However, the Stones avoid sounding kitsch and pull off a dastardly fun song.
Down in the Hole -7.5, Of all their blues-influenced originals, this one has the moodiest, darkest feeling to it. The down n' out delivery makes it a song that materializes well, but not into a classic.
Emotional Rescue - 7.5-This may be a goofy, silly-sounding disco escapade with Mick's wailing falsetto, but it's a damn good one. The electric piano rhythm is hypnotic while the song itself is intriguing enough to garner an 8. The video may have been lame and the song self-mocking, but it shows the Stones can shine no matter what they do (barring letting Justin Timberlake sing with them).
She's So Cold -8.5, Yes it sounds the same as many of their previous up-tempo rockers, but this one still deserves to be mentioned along with "Shattered," "Hand of Fate" and "IORR" in their 70s canon. The lyrics may seem dumb, but when sung they really drive the point home about how this woman is so goddamn cold.
All About You -7.5, Keith's introspective, bluesy send-off to Anita Pallenberg sounds weary, hazy and confused all in one, but manages to heave an emotional load that makes it a great bittersweet conclusion to a subpar Stones LP.
Despite a track average of 6.9, the sheer amount of bad tracks deducts the album's score.

By David Walker
June 3, 2003
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One of the more fascinating aspects of the Stones is their habit of soaking up a locale and expressing their take on a scene or a period in musical terms. Emotional Rescue finds the fellers still in NYC, late 1979 - early 1980, hanging around after the smash return to form found on Some Girls. Whereas on Girls, the music grafts a streetscape approach to disco ("Miss You")with tongue-in-cheek Urban Cowboy ("Far Away Eyes"), and pseudo-punk ("Shattered"), Emotional Rescue is tired, flat, uninspired. Keith has said that Mick had things too much his way on this one, in that he refused to even consider developing 'Dance pt. 1' as an instrumental, and pushing too hard for production values that were trendy and in fashion, which was the general indictment of Satanic Majesties years earlier. It sounds like they had stuck around NYC a little too long, shifting their focus from the street folks and trashy bar scenes, to the more upscale penthouses and nightclubs. Mick seems to be fighting boredom by generally exploring the black urban sounds, and not translating ideas to an acceptable Stones format...and then, fighting Keith when he tried to. Still, as with ANY Stones album, there are some real gems; "She's So Cold" has vintage guitar inter-weaving, "Send It To Me" goes goofy on reggae, and "Indian Girl" once again demonstrates how cherished the group should be for their ability to do a unique, non-American treatment of C&W. This time, they avoid doing a funny-take and instead deliver a quiet but poignant political statement, which sounds inspired by the Nicaraguan Sandinista movement from '79. But God, the title track just about kills any continuity - what the hell is that??!!? Jagger as a shining-armor knight "on a fine, Arab Chahhhhgahhh"? It sounds like Disco Lounge Lizard music. "Down in the Hole", another stinker, is just a waste of time. They obviously had good material in the can, judging by how they were able to ship out Tattoo You with all of it's reprocessed leftovers from the 70's, so why this? But alas, the final disappointment for me is that Keith's solo contribution on this project, "All About You" is sooo sssslllllooowww and ...zzzz.....oops, sorry nodded off there. Keith always finds his way into the heart of every Stones fan there ever was with his spins in the spotlight,but not this time. This song explains why Mick had so much control, because if this was all Keith had to offer as his best stuff, then he should have just pulled up a stool like any sideman and waited for his cues. In general, this album marks the period at the end of a long and glorious paragraph in rock music history, in that the Stones no longer could just float along on their own level just outside of the covering shelter of everyone's attention on John, Paul, George, and Ringo, holding their breath, waiting for a reunion of some sorts. With Lennon's death in December, 1980, the Great Dream of a Beatles comeback was removed forever, and the music press and record-buying public catapulted the Stones into the Numero Uno slot for R&R acts. Jagger never attempted challenging lyrics again, record engineering and production became much slicker, they signed up for corporate sponsorships, elevated the stadium shows, and became a true Rock and Roll Circus. But me, I always liked them more when they were just a band trying to capture some magic, not a force of nature looking to impress everyone with the magnitude of their staying power.

By Oklahoma Zeppelin
May 15, 2003
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The best 'classic' albums are accessible by all -- and they're great to hear -- but so-so albums by still-great bands (like a stutter amidst a great speech) are often more interesting. EMOTIONAL RESCUE is one. It follows along the Some Girls gust -- and their first year without a record, 1979 -- into rambling, enigmatic, off-the-cuff turf. And some great Glimmer Twins production too. The title track is the best -- one of the most unusual singles ever. Barebone music -- mostly just electronic piano, bass, excellent drums (little guitar!) -- with Mick's compelling high-low voice over. No one writes songs like that. 'She's So Cold' moves with its plug-into-board clean guitar, and unusual fade out/in of guitars mid song. But Keith's 'All About You' is my favorite, however, for its bag-of-bones wobble, humanized by Keith's determination to see it through. Real stuff. It's also the signal for how the Stones will 'evolve' into the 80s and 90s -- Keith's accepts aging with his mourning ballads (the only strong points of after 1981), while Mick's 'summer romance' antics get progressively weaker after 1981. Here are the Stones still great, but stuttering a little. Essential all the way.

By Locked Away
November 30, 2002
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A difficult album. Personally I have always liked it, but on reflection I have to admit it isn’t really up to scratch, and of course pales in comparison to Some Girls (1978) and Tattoo You (1981). While some of the music is excellent, lyrically it is poor and it even lacks that sleazy edge that characterizes much of their work- substituting a sort of murkiness instead. Also it was clearly difficult to find a single to release from the album- how the title track managed the Top Ten both sides of the Atlantic I’ll never know (on the back of the success of Miss You perhaps). Despite all this I still think that 'Dance (Part One)', 'Summer Romance', 'Let Me Go' etc represent some of their juiciest grooves, certainly Bill Wyman’s bass is much improved on many of the numbers and the tracks sound much more like band efforts than much of the material from the early seventies when guest musicians often dominated. Charlie Watts seemed also to be going from strength to strength. Only Mick Jagger really does do himself any favors here- he is starting to parody himself a little too much- “Maybe I’ll become a playboy, hang around the gay bars and move to the West side of town” he sings on 'Let Me Go'. Great words but surely he’d been a playboy for years by then! By contrast Keith Richard’s twist at the end of 'All About You' is classic. Overall I think Emotional Rescue plays more like a cohesive album of great music but poor songs, an album I would struggle to recommend to a non fan, but one which I love despite its shortcomings.

By Gary Hurley
January 1, 2001
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Emotional Rescue, a sort of semi-sequel to Some Girls, certainly divides fans of the Stones. Some like it for it's playful, almost comedic qualities. But in my opinion it's all-filler/no killer. The album came 2 years after the exhilarating Some Girls set and it's no surprise that the Stones retread that ground and what we get is a similar sounding album, only without the passion. There are of course highlights,"All about You" being a classic in the making. "Dance Part.1" kicks off the album in fine style.What could have been bad quasi-disco is actually a highly enjoyable groover and a favorite of mine. Great track! What follows are a series of half-hearted rockers and some cod-reggae! The likes of "Summer Romance" and "Where the Boys Go" and "She's so Cold" sound like stuff they might have considered as B-sides for Some Girls. It's just Stones-by-numbers and the band have acknowledged this by never playing these tracks live post-'81. "Down in a Hole" is much better,an authentic blues with some fine harmonica from Sugar Blue. "Emotional Rescue" is a wee bit cheesy at times but is addictive stuff. Beyond these two or three outstanding songs, the album is just a tired retread f the previous album and it does the Stones no favors. A curio definitely,for completists only!

By Andrew Maguire
May 28, 2000
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I feel this album is hard done by among Stones' fans. I prefer this album to Black N Blue, however what is strange about this
album is that there are no real classic songs on it, yet the songs go together really well and make the album as a whole really
listenable. As with Black N Blue, the songs do not run well together but there are a few classics on there (Memory Motel and
Hand of Fate).
The album starts with Dance (pt.1) which is surprisingly good, this is followed by Summer Romance, which is another good
throw-away tune. Send It To Me and Let Me Go are the two poorest songs on the album but I still think they are quite good, and run well together. Indian Girl is a nice little acoustic love song, that would be better if it was a tad shorter. This is followed by Where The Boys All Go which is another good song, it is a quasi-punk sneering number about male activities on a Saturday night. The last four songs on the album are all great. Down In A Hole is a really catchy song, with a good harmonica on it. Emotional Rescue is a light-hearted disco tune, with Mick's vocals wavering between his normal voice and his falsetto. She's So Cold is the best rocker on the album, however, my favorite song on the album is Keith's All About You. I feel this is the song on the album that comes closest to being a classic and I think if they revised it with acoustic and electric guitars and re-recorded it, it could be a real great. Keith's vocals are excellent and it is probably my favorite Keith-sung number, behind Coming Down Again and Happy. And the final line "How come I'm still in love with you?" is a brilliant way of closing this good Rolling Stones album. A few more rockers would do this album good, and one classic song would really improve it's overall rating. However, the songs, for the most part good (with a few mediocre ones) manage to go really well together which makes the listen to this album all the more enjoyable.

By christophoros
March 23, 2000
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I was so afraid when I read the song titles and then a review that gave the album a 5. And then- the positive surprise: The opener "Dance Pt. I" is quite strange but still very cool. Mick and Keith must have had a lot of fun while singing it. At the same time, it' s also the first Stones song to be really co- written by Ronnie. The next songs in the good old way are satirical and play with the Stones' bad boy- image. "Let Me Go" is a funky line. Then with "Indian Girl" there is also the treaded types of the political rock song, and it also someway sounds like a children song. You perhaps expect it to be bad now, but they don' t only want to play the correctors of the world after their hippie music of the sixties, Mick' s singing is really EMOTIONAL. Beautiful and sad. "Where the boys go" is interesting, because on it the Rolling Stones copy punk bands who have copied them before, and that with a through and through hearable result, where they show them, who still rules. The pure blues pearl "Down in the Hole" could as well have been on "Exile on Main Street". Another review of "Emotional Rescue" says, that they there sing about women they wanted but didn' t get and it seems to refer to the title song. Mick, the man who seems to have never had this problem in reality, is also surprisingly good on this one. "She' s so cold" is the heaviest rocker of the album, and it' s addictive. "All About" you is a typical weird tune by Keith, anyway a beautiful and reflective outro. I think, that the main problem with the album was that it was released between "Some Girls" and "Tatto You" which both sales wise as well as critics wise were very successful. And I still think that "Some Girls" and "Emotional Rescue", as they both have got disco, punk,... have got a lot in common. They were also made at the same time.

By Kevin Poynter
February 23, 2000
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People expecting a classic rock album with "Emotional Rescue" will be disappointed, but the album is an anomaly in the Stones tradition, and deserves attention for being their only complete comedy LP. Every friggin' song on this LP is funny, whether they wanted it to be or not. "Dance Pt. 1" is ultra-goofy disco, "Summer Romance" is packed with humor (Mick's affair with a teenage girl, and his annoyance with her "spotty friends"). "Send It to Me" is a hilarious reggae song, and "Indian Girl" is funny for Mick's Spanish accent and fake sincerity. There's more jokes here than you can count: "Let Me Go" (Mick threatens to smack a girl to get her to go away), "She's So Cold" (Mick's girl is frigid), "All About You" (Keith's sleazy love/hate song for Anita Pallenberg), and of course the funniest of them all, the title track ("riding across the desert...on a fine Arab charger.") All the mean put-downs you could ever want, with the Stones incriminating themselves and laying their late-'70's laziness out for all
to see. They had done all they could do; the game was up, and they wanted to be judged like mere mortals like the rest of the rock world. So they made a comedy record, packed with good hooks, sloppy playing, and punkish energy. Buy this album--you'll find it's fun, it's funny, and it kicks, and that used to be the standard by which we judged rock'n'roll.

By Steve Cronen
July 13, 1999
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I can't understand why some people dislike this one. I heard one person say it sounded like a "disco sampler." In reality, only two of the tracks could be called "disco," for lack of another title: "Dance" and "Emotional Rescue," which are both excellent tracks. ("Keith! Whatcha - whatcha doin'!?") The other tracks are a good mix of rock and ballads. "Where the Boys Go" is a sneering jibe at punk bands like the Clash and the Sex Pistols. "Summer Romance" and "Let Me Go" rock out, as well. Keith's ballad "All About You" is perhaps the best of the bunch, becuase it's a song most of us can relate to. "How come I'm still in love with you?" Brilliant! Emotional Rescue is like an extension of Some Girls, and comes close to surpassing it. Worth the money all the way.

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