I never hated it, but coming between 2 albums that rank among their best (certainly their best post-1972 albums), it's not hard to see why it's now thought of as a massive dud. Sales of an album often have more to do with the album BEFORE, so yeah, I think some people bought it off the strength of Some Girls figuring that whether or not they liked the single, it'd be more vintage Stones (Some Girls had the disco-ish "Miss You" but apart from that was mostly vintage styled Stones). So my guess is that all the die-hard Stones fans bought right away hoping it'd be Some Girls II plus a fair amount of fair-weather fans, propelling it to #1 for a spell, but after those 7 weeks at #1 it sank like, well, a STONE. I personally wonder if the reason we don't see "She's So Cold" on more comps is because if they gave us that and the title track, would anyone still be buying the album? I know I wouldn't have....
But yes, I too bought the ER album for the first time here fairly recently (a year or 2 ago) and don't find it a complete miss, but apart from the 2 singles and 1 or 2 other tracks, it's pretty forgettable. Not terrible, just not real good.
I always found it amazing that the next album they made (Tattoo You) was something of a rush-job they did just to be sure they had a new album before their tour and was made up of a lot of leftover tracks from previous sessions but was so much better than ER. If an album ever had potential to be a complete dud, that was it, but I like it quite a bit. Side 2 bogs a bit but overall the albums is about twice as good as ER imo.
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