Understandably the Rolling Stones felt that they were one of the dinosaur groups criticised by the punk movement; Mick Jagger stated that some of the group’s albums from the mid 1970s were so bad they should have carried consumer warnings. The band responded with Some Girls; a more energetic effort with new wave and disco influences.
It’s lauded as a post Exile high; and while the band’s ability to update their sound in the face of new trends is laudable, Some Girls is frustratingly inconsistent. The singles are terrific – ‘Miss You’ has a great disco bass line from Bill Wyman, while ‘Beast of Burden’ has a great slinky feel. There’s also a terrific cover of The Temptations’ ‘Just My Imagination (Running Away From Me)’. But the rockers ‘When The Whip Comes Down’, ‘Lies’ and ‘Respectable’ are indistinguishable from each other, and ‘Shattered’ feels messy. There’s also a throwaway country piece in ‘Faraway Eyes’, while the title track is bluesy filler, and only memorable for Jagger’s smutty lyrics.
Some Girls is the most overrated Rolling Stones’ album – a couple of great singles with little to support them.