Alive and Kicking
by Erwan Rolland
Apparently discontent with their previous greatest hits album, Forty Licks, the Stones gives it another go with the 50th anniversary compilation “GRRR!” . New to the party however, are two freshly recorded tracks destined to feature on the album. Doom and Gloom is one of them, and oddly enough it’s… pretty good.
Despite the title, the song combines an upbeat rhythm while retaining a traditional bluesy feel to it; Keith sticks to what he does best with incisive riffs, and Jaggers’ self-indulgent rasping sounds better than it has in the last 20 years. Watts keeps it together with a tight beat, and seals a punchy, albeit simple song. What more could you ask for?
Release Date: 11/10/12