First Dylan and now the Stones.

The twilight of the gods see the old stagers not giving up the stage that easily. Dylan went to number one a couple of weeks a go with his poetic address cunningly disguised as a 17 minute epic song, the Stones were never going to do anything like that  but the new single is the best thing they done for year and plays to their strengths.

True, it’s the only thing they have done foe years, 8 barren years, but Loving In a Ghost Town is the best thing they have done for decades. It may sound a bit like the Specials classic Ghost Town and it does sound like they have reworked something that was lying around in the studio to shoehorn it into being statement for these times…but hey! that’s what they are here for.

The song stumbles into the ghost town on a louche groove and no-one does a louche groove as great was the Stones. Underpinned by rocksteady Charlie drumming, a sparse arrangement, a slashing guitar from Keef or Ronnie and Mick probably articulating that vocal a couple of days ago hunched over his iPhone in some beaten up inner city flat…hold on…probably recorded in a huge home studio on some private island somewhere..who cares – it sounds fucking great.

The Stones sound fresh and urgent and this is a great song.


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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