This bluesy, rock and roll record is what first put the Rolling Stones on a pediestal. It's so full of fantastic songs about the common man, the real world, and how everything is viewed upon by the band.
Only "Sympathy For The Devil" can justify this rating. The rest is non interesting music (that, curiously, often sounds a bit country).
Furthermore, and surprisingly for such a successful band, Mick Jagger voice does not deserve more than an average rating.
Well, it definitely matches the hype, although not quite what some might expect. The album's got a definite country and blues vibe to it, with most tracks sporting some excellent slide guitar, which makes for quite a departure from the rhythm&blues-based stuff of their earlier work. I must admit, the album doesn't rock that hard, but the few rockers there are ("Street Fighting Man", "Stray Cat Blues" and of course "Sympathy for the Devil") do quite well. A definite Stones classic.