Rolling Stones releases new single ‘Doom and Gloom’
Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, the British rock veterans behind ‘(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction’ and ‘Honky Tonk Women’ have gone back to their roots in a fast-tempo, blues track described variously as “gritty", "dirty" and "swampy".
Doom and Gloom is one of the two new songs on their upcoming greatest hits album ‘GRRR!’ that will hit shelves on November 12. There was a sense of relief among the critics that the track sounds like old Stones songs.
"Received music industry wisdom has it that new Rolling Stones material exists purely to flog compilation albums or tour tickets," wrote games editor, Dan Silver, in the Mirror tabloid.
"It's with some relief that we report it's actually rather good," he added in a three-out-of-five star review.
Neil McCormick of the Daily Telegraph also gave ‘Doom and Gloom’ three stars, saying it was "business as usual" for the band and drawing comparisons between the song and the "basement rock" of their acclaimed 1972 album ‘Exile on Main Street’.
Both critics argued that the song's weakest point was lead singer Mick Jagger's vocals.
"The best bit is when he stops singing and starts blowing," McCormick said, referring to the harmonica interlude.
Silver praised the "nicotine-stained chords" of Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards on guitar and Charlie Watts's "customary magic" on the drums, but said that "If there's a weak link here then it's actually Jagger, who honks and caterwauls over the track like one of his own tribute artists. His extended enunciation is excruciating - almost to the point of parody in places."
Music magazine NME called the song a “Gimme Shelter” for Generation Wii.
"The ... new Stones song ... is a revitalizing reminder of what made them great in the first place, a tune that will sit seamlessly amongst their classics. Are you listening, Macca?" it concluded, in a challenge to ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.
'Doom and Gloom' and 'GRRR'! are part of the series of events to celebrate half century of Rolling Stones, one of the world's most successful and influential rock and roll bands that started out on July 12, 1962 at the Marquee Club in London's Oxford Street.
The rockers will walk the 56th BFI London film festival red carpet next week for the premiere of a documentary called ‘Crossfire Hurricane’. They have also published a photograph album in July.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York will stage a film retrospective opening on November 15. The Stones are even helping decorate London's famous Carnaby Street this Christmas.