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Rolling Stones, ‘One More Shot’ – Song Review

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One month after we were treated to ‘Doom and Gloom,’ the first new Rolling Stones song in seven years, another previously unreleased cut has been revealed online: ‘One More Shot,’ the second of two new tracks on the band’s forthcoming greatest-hits package, ‘Grrr!

Lyrically, the song is reductive even by Stones standards, but the arrangement rides a classic, slinky blues riff, and while the chorus isn’t exactly pushy about lodging its way into your memory, the overall effect is surprisingly pleasurable — a relaxed, confident strutter that evokes the band’s classic ’70s era without self-consciously reaching back into the past.

It’s a trickier combination than you might think, and one the Stones have sometimes struggled to balance over the last 30 years, but if ‘One More Shot’ is any indication, they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary on an artistic high note; if it doesn’t stand head-and-shoulders with some of the defining hits repackaged in ‘Grrr!,’ neither does it reek of contractual obligation, the way so many compilation bonus cuts are wont to do. It’s just the Stones being the Stones, man — and what more could a fan ask for in 2012?

‘Grrr!’ is scheduled to arrive in stores next Tuesday (Nov. 13), and will be available in a number of different configurations, including a six-disc “super deluxe” version that includes a poster, a book, a separate disc of previously unreleased tracks, and a live EP of BBC sessions.

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