Rolling Stones release new single, Doom and Gloom - video
Fans like song recorded after the band reunited in a studio for the first time in seven years
THE Rolling Stones have debuted a new single – a product of the band’s first studio session together in seven years. The single, Doom and Gloom, was premiered on Chris Evans’s Radio 2 show this morning. A lyric video (below) is now available on YouTube and the single can be bought from iTunes.
First reactions are generally positive, with The Daily Telegraph’s music critic Neil McCormick saying the single “has hints” of the Stones classics Gimme Shelter and Street Fighting Man, while Jagger overstretches syllables "with a relish that would make Liam Gallagher weak at the knees".
Doom and Gloom is one of two new singles recorded by the Rolling Stones for a new hits album called Grrr!, which will be released on 12 November. The other single, yet to be aired, is called One More Shot.
The new material came about after Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood got together in a Paris studio for the first time in seven years. The new singles are produced by longtime Rolling Stones producer Don Was, who has worked with the band on five previous albums (Voodoo Lounge, Stripped, Bridges To Babylon, Licks Live and A Bigger Bang).
Doom and Gloom has been received warmly by fans on Twitter. One describes it as "pure pub rock, done so, so well", while another cheers: "At last, something decent in the charts”. The consensus appears to be that "the Stones have still got it".
The Sun is equally enthusiastic, describing it as a "stomping comeback" and "arguably their best single since 1981 hit Start Me Up". The paper adds: "With a dearth of decent contemporary guitar music to get excited about, the Stones show young upstarts how good rock 'n' roll can be when it's done with craft and heart."
At the Telegraph, Neil McCormick writes: "In defiance of advancing years and creaking bones, Doom & Gloom is an energised, uptempto blues attack.”
But he adds that it "lacks the real juice and wayward spirit of those bygone days". Jagger's voice is "just a bit too high in the mix" and the lyrics – about the endless news of doom and gloom – might sound "nihilistically charged from a street fighting 17-year-old but just sounds little bit glib from a 70-year-old".