In anticipation of their upcoming greatest hits collection "GRRR!", The Rolling Stones have released "Doom and Gloom," a single off the upcoming album.
The track marks the first time Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have released a single in over six years. And surprisingly enough, after all this time, “Doom and Gloom” manages to coincide with the original blues rocker sound that the Stones were known for throughout their much celebrated career.
Accompanied by a "lyric video," which is now on YouTube, the song has been for the most part well received throughout the hard-on-comebacks music industry.
"It's with some relief that we report it's actually rather good," wrote Dan Silver in the Mirror.
Silver praised the "nicotine-stained chords" of Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards on guitars and Charlie Watts' "customary magic" on the drums, but added:
"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 "Doom and Gloom" 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.
Neil McCormick of the Daily Telegraph also applauded “Doom and Gloom, giving it three out of five stars, and saying that it was "business as usual" for the band. He went on draw comparisons between the song and the "basement rock" of their acclaimed 1972 album "Exile on Main Street."
"Doom and Gloom" is one of two new songs on their upcoming greatest hits album "GRRR!", which hits shelves on Nov. 12. The song and album are part of a series of events to celebrate half a century of the Stones, one of the world's most successful and influential rock and roll bands.
In addition, the Stones are set to walk the red carpet at the London film festival next week for the premiere of a documentary called "Crossfire Hurricane."