You know, it’s hard to say at this point whether Keith Richards’ guitar riffs sound like honest-to-goodness Keith Richards guitar riffs or like the just barely off-the-mark copycat versions guitar store employees have been writing for decades. But on “Doom and Gloom,” the first new Rolling Stones song in seven years, he seems to be getting it right. That unmistakable stuttering shuffle is there right off the bat, and he continues to understand better than almost anyone the impact empty space can have on a song.
Mick’s in especially fine form here too, snarling his way through a lyric about how everything’s so fucked up that he’s having dreams about flying planes and killing zombies and shit, and it’s totally bringing him down. The line “We’ll be eating dirt, living on the side of the road/There’s some food for thought/Gonna make your head explode” is a serious clunker, of course, but we’ll forgive him. We always have.
The song will be appear on a greatest hits collection called, oh god, Grrr! (exclamation very much theirs), due out on November 13th.
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