“Angry” is a song by the Rolling Stones, which serves as the lead single from their upcoming studio album Hackney Diamonds. Released on 6 September 2023.
Angry it is the first new original music from the band in three years (following the non-album single “Living in a Ghost Town” in 2020), whilst Hackney Diamonds is their first full-length release of new original music in eighteen years (following A Bigger Bang in 2005).
On 2 September 2023 – following a couple weeks of cryptic online teasers for the new album – the band previewed a short snippet of “Angry” on the website dontgetangrywithme.com, which experienced instability and frequent errors that some interpreted as being intentional. On 4 September, the album was officially announced, as were the plans for a livestream with television host Jimmy Fallon where more information would be revealed and the lead single would be premiered. On 6 September, the livestream was broadcast on the Rolling Stones’ official YouTube channel while being filmed at the Hackney Empire Theatre in London.
“Angry” was met with primarily positive reviews. A review from The Telegraph rated the song 5 out of 5 stars, calling it the band’s “best single in four decades, an absolute blast [with] extravagant, leering defiance”; describing the riff as “defiantly dumb”, the guitar solo as “gnarly”, and the overall style as “unapologetically old-fashioned”. Another 5-star review from the newspaper I shares this positive sentiment, characterizing the song as “rollicking, rip-roaring rock ‘n’ roll” with a “characteristically big, confident guitar riff [and] catchy refrain” that are “[imbued with] feeling and life”.
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