LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones released newsingle "Doom and Gloom" on Thursday, their first new song inover six years, and early reviews were mixed.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, the Britishrock veterans behind "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "HonkyTonk Women" have gone back to their roots in a fast-tempo, bluestrack described variously as "gritty", "dirty" and "swampy".
Doom and Gloom is one of two new songs on their upcominggreatest hits album "GRRR!", which hits shelves on Nov. 12, andthere was a sense of relief among critics that the track soundedlike the Stones of old.
"Received music industry wisdom has it that new RollingStones material exists purely to flog compilation albums or tourtickets," wrote Dan Silver in the Mirror tabloid.
"It's with some relief that we report it's actually rathergood," he added in a three-out-of-five star review.
Neil McCormick of the Daily Telegraph also gave Doom andGloom three stars, saying it was "business as usual" for theband and drawing comparisons between the song and the "basementrock" of their acclaimed 1972 album "Exile on Main Street".
Both critics argued that the song's weakest point was leadsinger Mick Jagger's vocals.
"The best bit is when he stops singing and starts blowing,"said McCormick of the harmonica interlude.
Silver praised the "nicotine-stained chords" of Ronnie Woodand Keith Richards on guitars and Charlie Watts's "customarymagic" on the drums, but added:
"If there's a weak link here then it's actually Jagger, whohonks and caterwauls over the track like one of his own tributeartists. His extended enunciation is excruciating - almost tothe point of parody in places."
Music magazine NME called Doom and Gloom a "'Gimme Shelter'for Generation Wii.
"The ... new Stones song ... is a revitalising reminder ofwhat made them great in the first place, a tune that will sitseamlessly amongst their classics. Are you listening, Macca?" itconcluded, in a challenge to ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.
Doom and Gloom and GRRR! are part of a series of events tocelebrate half a century of the Stones, one of the world's mostsuccessful and influential rock and roll bands who started outon July 12, 1962 at the Marquee Club in London's Oxford Street.
The rockers walk the red carpet at the London film festivalnext week for the premiere of a documentary called "CrossfireHurricane" and they also published a photograph album in July.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York stages a filmretrospective opening on Nov. 15 and the Stones are even helpingto decorate London's famous Carnaby Street this Christmas.
(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)
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