I recently got copies of "Bridges to Babylon" (1997) and "Voodoo Lounge" (1994), by the Rolling Stones. My sense of the public reception of the Stones is that people think that no album they have released since "Tattoo You" (1981) has been worth bothering with.
Having listened to these two CDs now, I think that's unfair. Many bands would kill to make CDs this good.
Interestingly, though, I do have the sense that the individual songs are not that striking. It's just the overall feel of the CDs that is good.