It's been a long, long time since we last got a studio album of new material from the Rolling Stones – 18 years, to be exact.
The band returned to their blues roots on 2016's energetic covers LP, Blue & Lonesome – their last new release before the death of their long-serving drummer, Charlie Watts, in 2021 – but now, we finally have some new material to chew on in the form of "Angry."
The lead single from a new LP from the band called Hackney Diamonds, "Angry" is a feisty little tune that sneers in the face of all the cries of "hang it up already!" You can check out its music video below.
Once you get past the novelty of the Stones – all three of whom are either 80 or rapidly approaching 80 – releasing a new album in 2023, there's actually quite a bit to dig into on this song.
Yes, there's all the riffwork and tasty Keith Richards/Ronnie Wood electric guitar weaving you could ask for, and yet another emphatic performance from the ever-ageless Mick Jagger, but what's especially interesting is that the band doesn't necessarily play everything safely.
There's a very 21st century sheen to “Angry“'s chorus, but, just as they did with disco on “Miss You“ 45 years ago, the Stones use only the modern spices they need, while refraining from blind trend-chasing, and remaining true to themselves.
Hackney Diamonds is said to contain 12 tracks, though no details about the other 11 have been revealed by the band's representatives as of yet.
In another nod to modern times, Hackney Diamonds was produced by Andrew Watt, who – aside from his best-selling work with Post Malone – has worked with legends like Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, and Elton John. The album is set for an October 20 release via Geffen, and can be pre-ordered here.
For more info on all things Rolling Stones, visit the band's website.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.