The Rolling Stones album Mick Jagger said had no purpose: “The things I like, it doesn’t have”

Every artist aspires to make a profound statement with each record they produce. Despite the temptation to replicate past successes, musicians aim to create heartfelt albums that resonate with their audience. For seasoned bands like The Rolling Stones, maintaining a distinctive sound while evolving creatively presents a challenge. Mick Jagger himself expressed dissatisfaction with the coherence of most of their album “Tattoo You.”


Throughout their extensive career, The Rolling Stones have consistently delivered albums that embody a distinct vision. From experimental ventures like “Between the Buttons” to forays into psychedelia with “Their Satanic Majesties Request,” each release showcases the band’s musical evolution. However, by the early 1970s, The Stones found themselves navigating a comfortable middle ground characterized by their signature bluesy flair, exemplified by albums like “Beggars Banquet” and the timeless masterpiece “Exile on Main St.”


Despite occasional missteps, The Rolling Stones maintained their eclectic nature, evident in albums like “Some Girls,” which seamlessly blends disco, punk, and country influences. “Tattoo You” stands out as a departure from their typical creative process, comprising tracks that had been lingering for some time. While Mick Jagger acknowledged the album’s lack of cohesion, citing the absence of a unified purpose or theme, he still praised its quality.


“Tattoo You” served as a swan song for The Stones as chart-toppers, offering a final showcase of their enduring legacy. Although it may not have broken new ground like contemporaries Van Halen and Journey, the album solidified The Rolling Stones’ legendary status. Listening to “Tattoo You” feels like discovering a lost treasure trove of songs, reaffirming the band’s place in music history.

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