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The Rolling Stones Release First Song Since 2005, Sing About Fracking

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The Rolling Stones Release First Song Since 2005, Sing About Fracking

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The Rolling Stones haven’t released any new material since 2005, but they’ve got an upcoming anthology, GRRR!, which presumes to cover some 50 to 80 songs of their history depending on which version you decide to purchase. Lest you drop a bunch of money for another packaged greatest hits compilation, they’ve also included some fresher recordings, the first of which they released this morning.

“Doom and Gloom” is about what you’d expect from a band trying to recapture some sort of youthful edge—Keith Richards sounds like a dude imitating Keith Richards, Mick Jagger apes a half-dozen of his previous vocals, and there are not entirely seamless references to “fracking” and the “overseas war.” Lyrically, it’s a more inelegant version of the landmark “Gimme Shelter,” which portended doom and gloom without being so darn literal about it. But the paint-dripping lyric video is kind of cool, and it’s a new Rolling Stones song—even if you don’t like it, you’re still sort of interested to see what’s up. GRRR! is out on November 13.