When was the last time the Rolling Stones released a single? The answer is six years, 20 years if you want to find their last hit!
Yesterday the ageing rockers released the first of their two new singles, Doom and Gloom, and it’s pretty good!
Doom and Gloom is a high energy and upbeat blues number which is reminiscent of an Exile of Main Street track, the album famously composed when the band were in ‘exile’ in a mansion in Villefranche, in the South of France. Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood’s thrashing riffs are something to admire and they are seamlessly held together by Charlie Watts’s cool backbeat on the drums. Vocally this is one of Mick Jagger’s more shouty numbers that is so synonymous with the Rolling Stones of the 60s and 70s. Mick Jagger’s skill with dragging out a vocal by exaggerating the syllables are there for all to admire too, with the word “screws” turning into “screeeeeeeews” for example. Doom and Gloom ticks all the right boxes to when making a song Stonesy, and this track is certainly immediately recognisable as a Rolling Stones song.
Lyrically the song is a traditionally Stones anti-establishment politically charged number, not the words one would expect to be uttered from the mouth of a Knight of the Realm. Jagger is complaining about all the bad news he hears, hence the track’s title. Lines such as:“Lost all that treasure in an overseas war”
“It just goes to show you don’t get what you paid for”
are present throughout the song offering a critique of the decisions made by various governments and people in high places, whichever party or bank they might belong to. The sentiments the song exude echo the general feeling amongst the British public with the powers that be over social unrest, the state of the economy and an interventionist foreign policy so again in that respect, the Stones have remained true to their traditions. If only big banks were as shrewd and in possession of marketable trademark lick like you Mick; it might not be all doom and gloom?
One final remark; it is certainly more enjoyable to hear someone’s grievances aired via a raw blues song rather than a group of bleeding hearts setting up camp out of protest for months in a historic location.
Great song, relevant yet amusing lyrics, let’s just hope Mick’s prediction that soon:
“We’ll be eating dirt
Living on the side of the rooooaaaad”
doesn’t come to fruition.
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