Exile On Main Street review by The Rolling Stones

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  • Released: May 12, 1972
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (37 votes)
The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street

Sound — 8
The sound on this album was solid. No one member of the band gave an amazing performance on the album, only average. As far as certain songs, there was no real musical innovation. No songs stand out at first glance, except for the albums centerpiece, "Tumbling Dice."

Lyrics — 8
Mick's greatest album of all time, lyrically and musically, had to be Sticky Fingers. There's no arguing with that. But where does Exile fall for him? Top Five? No. Top Ten? Maybe. His performance was solid nontheless. His stand out track was either Tumbling Dice or Shine A Light. So all in all, nothing too special from Mick.

Overall Impression — 10
Liked Keith's acoustic performance on "Wild Horses" and want more? Not here. Liked Mick Taylor's outro on "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and want more? Once again, you won't find it here. In fact, all of his leads surfaced for only a few seconds throughout the album, and then fell back into the utterly chaos that is the greatest album of all time. This is without a doubt, the ugliest, dirtiest, most drunken album of all time, and I love every minute of it. I still have visions of Keith downing a bottle of Jack Daniel's in his basement, singing his heart out on "Sweet Virginia." And it is hard to picture a single track on this album that was not recorded at three in the morning in a drunken haze. At first listen, this album is nothing special. But after twenty go arounds, you can fully appreciate the masterpiece. This proves how no other band works better together like the Stones. This was the finale of the golden age of the Stones, and what a finale it was. Exile On Main Street is the only album that truely matters.

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