The Rolling Stones
Tattoo You



by Hey Mr. Light Man USER (11 Reviews)
February 13th, 2005 | 6 replies

Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Tattoo You was the second Rolling Stones album released in the 1980's, following Emotional Rescue. Out of the two, Tattoo You is the superior album. When released the album recieved rave reviews from the music press and some people even saw it as a return to form for the Stones (which was truly bull***, they were in form and didn't need any return.

Recently, the album was voted #211 on Rolling Stones Magazine's Top 500 Albums.

1. Start Me Up - Featuring one of the best riffs in rock history, this is probably the most recognizable Stones song besides "Satisfaction". It embodies everything great about the Rolling Stones, and proved that they were not ready to give up any time soon. 5/5

2. Hang Fire - To me, the best part of this song is the vocal performance. Mick really captures the lyrics in this song through his singing. The words to this sometimes make me laugh, because they are so well written and truthful. 5/5

3. Slave - Starting off with a nice drum beat, this song takes the album is a little bit of a slower direction after two fairly fast songs. Mick sings this in a very rock n roll falsetto voice, and believe me, that is hard to pull off. Actually, parts of this song are rapped, too. Also, towards the 2 and a hlaf minute mark of the song, a quick sataphone comes in. It carries on for a while, but overall, this song is a 5/5.

4. Little T & A - Keith sings this song in his usual snarling voice. Charlie's drum beat is very infectious. For reference, T&A = tits and ass. Keith throws down his usual pottymouth cusses during the course of this song, and overall it's really enjoyable. 5/5

5. Black Limousine - Here, the Rolling Stones slow it down to mid-tempo for a nice blues-rock song. The guitar improvisation and harmonica are the key parts, featuring about a minute-long guitar solo.

6. Neighbours - "Neighbours" has gone on to become a Stones concert staple. The snare hits on this track are specifically accentuated, which adds to the aura of the song. I've always found it sort of jokey, but it's still a 5/5.

7. Wooried About You - Again, the Stones put the album into mid-tempo, and, again, Mick takes on a falsetto (though during the chorus, he uses his usual voice). "Worried..." sees the Stones taking on balladry rock style, like they do very often. It incorporates elemnts of funk and dance music, yet is still a slow rock ballad, which I commend them for pulling off. 5/5

8. Tops - Being a mid-tempo funky ballad, I see this as one of the key tracks of the album. It has a certain mystique that's primarily caused by song structure and the use of several different tempos within the song, which the Stones have always done well. 5/5

9. Heaven - Feauturing echoing vocals, a repetitive yet infectious drum beat, chimes, and a simple riff, "Heaven" is the strangest song off this album. It shows the band pushing into new territory. Also, the song is an extreme change is tempo, being also the slowest song featured on the album. 5/5

10. No Use In Crying - This song has well mixed harmonies throughout, and in a general sense does what most Stones ballads do, which is triggers the listener's emotions. 5/5

11. Waiting On A Friend - "Waiting..." is the most memorable slower song off this album. After hearing the song once, I could actually remember most of the lyrics. There is a very effective saxophone part about midway through the song which the song would not be the same without. 5/5

Album = 5/ does every song.

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February 15th 2005


Hmmm. Nice review. Where would one pick up this album? Do they even sell it at stores anymore?

Hey Mr. Light Man
February 15th 2005


Yes, it's remastered and distrbuted by Virgin records.

May 28th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

good review, this album is truely amazing

October 17th 2009


How is the average rating of this album so damn low!? This album is straight up sexy!

June 7th 2010


Most underrated Stones album? Very likely.

November 21st 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

this review is almost 10 years old and terrible, for the love of god, can somebody please write another one for this??

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