Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Never bettered, this is the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band’s crowning triumph. Own this!
  2. 100
    If allowing Jagger to touch up those vocals was the price to pay to allow Exile receive the tribute it deserves, it's still a bargain.
  3. We keep hearing that rock and roll is a feeling, right? The Stones inhabited that feeling seamlessly here, mainly because the murk fizzed and fused those seams together.
  4. It was a long haul to that nasty perfection — "Loving Cup" was first recorded in 1969; "Sweet Virginia" was a salty-country leftover from Sticky Fingers — and the outtakes unearthed and, in some cases, retouched for this reissue reveal more (not a lot but enough to be grateful for) about the process and detours
  5. Everything that made it on the album--and much of what didn’t--belongs exactly where it is. (Yes, even the blazing but unfortunately named blues jam “Turd On The Run.”)
  6. 100
    Exile itself remains the tour de force it's been since release in May '72. [Jun 2010, p.104]
  7. Stick to the main text: until they invent time travel, there's no better way to inhale the decadent air of the early '70s. [Jun 210, p.137]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 136 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. RL
    Jun 15, 2010
    Critics feel like they have to say 100, so they won't succumb to the peer pressure. I've always thought this album to be mediocre, hence the 5. Give me the hits from this one and I'm outta here ! Full Review »
  2. FraserH
    Jun 2, 2010
    I was not alive when this album was released so can never understand what an impact it made on the music world at the time, but I would say that this album is one of my favourite albums of all time and I never tire of listening to it. Full Review »
  3. Aug 12, 2010
    Gotta give it up for the stones. They are one of the most influential artists of our time. Exile on Main Street is probably to go down as one of the best albums of all time. Full Review »