Quick Review (LP): Aftermath (UK) by The Rolling Stones


The Rolling Stones
Aftermath (UK)
Decca; 1966

My Rating: A (95/100)

Best Tracks: "Mother’s Little Helper", "Stupid Girl", "Lady Jane", "Under My Thumb", "Out of Time", "I Am Waiting"

As in the band goes nuclear here.

NOTES

  • "Mother’s Little Helper" is a brilliant little tune. It’s sort of like an understated "Eleanor Rigby."
  • "Stupid Girl" is a great, raucous pop song.
  • I really dig "Lady Jane." Love the Henry VIII era name-checking.
  • Nothing needs to be said about the brilliance of "Under My Thumb." Pop music glory.
  • Even the lesser known cuts like "Doncha Bother Me" and "Flight 505" sound great. They are also more indicative of the direction the band would take post Brian Jones.
  • Sure, "Goin’ Home" drags on quite a bit, but it’s sort of interesting historically. Bands didn’t record 11 minute songs back then. It’s kinda stupid though, too.
  • "Out of Time" is one of the great lesser known Stones tracks. What a fabulous chorus. You don’t get this cut on the US version.
  • "I Am Waiting" – so amazing – how did these guys go from playing blues covers to writing these classics over night?
  • The album may run a bit long. A few tracks are of questionable quality, but the rest of the songs are so good that you’ll barely notice.
  • It’s the first great Stones album, one of the best records of the 60’s, and probably one of the greatest records ever. Honestly, one of my favorite things about this record is that it is roughly a concept album. Most, if not all of the songs refer to the end of a relationship and the emotions that are left over. Tie that in with the (retro) apocalyptic coloring and font of the album cover and you’ve got something completely unified and brilliant.
  • Aftermath is also a jumping off point for the different styles they’d do in the future, but the greatest tracks here are purely Brian Jones era.

ATTRIBUTES
Cohesion (5/5)
Concept (5/5)
Consequence (5/5)
Consistency (4/5)
Songs (5/5)

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