After the artistic triumph, and commercial failure, of Exile on Main St., The Rolling Stones brought forth the thoroughly mediocre Goats Head Soup. Aside from Got Live If You Want It! this was their worst effort so far by quite a large margin. It rocks about as hard as gym class, and the songwriting flirts with inspiration only on a momentary basis. Mostly this feels as contrived and inauthentic as a political photo op. Sorry sports fans, but this set the stage for just about everything that came later.