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The Rolling Stones - 'Doom And Gloom'
It sounds like a ‘Gimme Shelter’ for Generation Wii
That, fifty years into their career, they can come up with a song that opens like a mission from Dead Island (“Crash landed in the Louisiana swamp/Shot up a horde of zombies, but I come out on top”) and also unwittingly mimics Baldrick’s poetry (“when those drums go boom boom boom”) speaks volumes for their continued playfulness – they’re a pension-worthy band with the hearts and souls of petulant teenage freaks. That they go on to drop sly references to the Iraq invasion – “lost all that treasure in an overseas war” – and social inequality is testament to their sophistication, and that the whole thing is wrapped up in a tune reminiscent of their peak period makes for a rare combination of wisdom and enthusiasm. It sounds like a ‘Gimme Shelter’ for Generation Wii.
Keef’s riffs are fresh as ever, Jagger yelps, claps and croons about getting hammered like he’s still living it up down the LSE bar and there’s a Zep-tastic breakdown that thankfully stops the whole thing sounding too much like Primal Scream’s ‘Rocks’ – a concept that would launch music into an inescapable loop of influence as confusing as a bad time travel plot. No, the first new Stones song in seven years is a revitalising reminder of what made them great in the first place, a tune that will sit seamlessly amongst their classics. Are you listening, Macca?
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