Sound — 9
Released in 1966 Aftermath is one of the strongest Stones album to be released up to that time. The album proved to be a major artistic breakthrough for them in that it was the first full-length release by the band to exclusively feature Mick Jagger/Keith Richards compositions. The album is also notable for it's musical experimentation, with Brian Jones, possibly inspired by George Harrison's use of sitar on The Beatles' Rubber Soul, playing a variety of instruments which feature prominently in almost every track, including the sitar on "Paint It Black", and the dulcimer on "Lady Jane" and "I am Waiting".
Lyrics — 9
Since every song on the album was written by Mick and Keith, Aftermath was very important in establishing them as respected songwriters in the same vein as Lennon-McCartney and Bob Dylan. It also redefined The Rolling Stones from being R&B enthusiasts to a progressive and artistically-inventive band. Mick's voice is as strong as ever on this album and Keith's playing along with Brian's experimentation makes this album one of a kind. This album is a perfect example when asked to show how much the Stones have grown as a band after a few short years.
Overall Impression — 10
I think that this is one of the best albums released in the mid sixties by them. In a few short years they would release their masterpiece titled Beggar's Banquet. And then Let It Bleed. So this was just another stepping stone for one of the most prolific bands in rock and roll. This whole album is great. There's not one bad song on it. They are all special in their own way. I would recommend it for every Stones fan.