The Stone Roses are an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983. They were one of the pioneering groups of theMadchester movement that was active during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band’s most successful lineup consists of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani, and drummer Reni.
The band released their debut album, The Stone Roses, in 1989. The album was a breakthrough success for the band and garnered critical acclaim, with many critics regarding it as one of the greatest British albums ever recorded. At this time the group decided to capitalise on their success by signing to a major label. Their current record label, Silvertone, would not let them out of their contract, which led to a long legal battle that culminated with the band signing with Geffen Records in 1991. The Stone Roses then released their second album, Second Coming, which was met with lacklustre reviews in 1994. The group soon disbanded after several lineup changes throughout the supporting tour, which began with Reni first departing, followed by Squire.
Following much intensified media speculation, The Stone Roses called a press conference on 18 October 2011 to announce that the band had reunited and would perform a reunion tour of the world in 2012, including three homecoming shows in Heaton Park, Manchester. Plans to record a third album in the future were also floated. In June 2012, Chris Coghill, the writer of the new film which is set during the Stone Roses 1990 Spike Island show, revealed that the band “have at least three or four new tracks recorded”. In June 2013, a documentary about the band’s reformation directed by Shane Meadows and titled The Stone Roses: Made of Stone was released.
I Wanna Be Adored—-I can remember back to the day when I first heard the opening strains to this song that opens this masterpiece. None of us were sure what we were going to hear…now all of these years later…those wispy strains that open this track still gives me goosebumps. When Ian began to sing…we were transported to some other time and mood. The lyrics spoke to our angst…the mood was heavy…and we fell in love. To this day…I still cherish this release. The heavy laid guitars…the slight psychedelia…..a pure masterpiece.
She Bangs The Drum—-The jangly, carefree sound of the guitar from Squire ushers in this track that has a sense of urgency and importance. The 50’s sty-lings to the entire affair made me want to discover bands like The Byrds. This is a masterpiece of a song…the lyrics speak to me so deeply…..and the mood of the song…still inspires me to jump up and down like an idiot. Truly Music Matters!!!!
Waterfall—-With that stroke on the guitar, another masterpiece was born. This sticks to your brain and your ribs. The entire thing becomes like a runaway train working it’s way down the track. Squire and Brown were a force…they created masterpieces and then left. But when those voices combine on this song…my God…what a sound!
Don’t Stop—-A rather conglomerate mess to my ears, this really was always one of those tracks I skipped over every time I listened to this song. I know there is a story behind the whole damn thing…to me…it was rather annoying…just sayin’
Bye Bye Badman—-Again…we are treated to a huge throwback sound that damn…sitting here still puts a huge smile on my face. This is brilliantly pleasant and catchy. When the song picks up that magical steam…you find your legs moving faster and faster and your heart beating faster than thought possible. This CD fills me with joy…and a huge longing for a simpler time.
Elizabeth My Dear—-Reminding me of a classic Simon and Garfunkel tune…short, sweet and rips your heart out.
Sugar Spun Sister—-Huge…from the opening notes…the electric sound of the guitar spurs the song to greater and greater heights. The subtle lyrics…make you sit back and ponder the entire meaning of the entire damn thing. This is, was and always will be a classic track that defined 1989-1990. I was there…thank you God!
Made Of Stone—-Taking you back down memory lane to a kinder and gentler world….the song begins well enough…but as it picks up…it becomes a miracle. The joy I feel…even with the lyrics is palatable. There are few records that can still elicit such response from me….I have heard it thousands of times…but I am still trying to type with tears in my eyes. A true definition of a classic.
Shoot You Down—-Although this has never been a huge favorite track of mine on this release, the song placement makes the entire thing flow like a smooth Georgia creek. The vocal is fantastic…the guitar breaks are masterful…and the wispy airy sound is just incredible.
This Is The One—-Without a doubt or question, this has been and will always be my favorite Roses track….even over Sally Cinnamon. The feeling….well it is my theme song to my partner….because he was the one i waited 20 years for…so it is rather personal. The feeling is indescribable when I hear this track. This is a masterpiece in my book…even if it is for pure selfish reasons.
Resurrection—-Another very favorite track of mine…for the energy…the sentiment and the powerful drumming that takes place through the entire thing. This is monumental…the song builds and builds and leaves me in a heap on the floor when it all ends. This is a joyous contagious joy that is not necessarily called for…but the music puts you there anyways. Just brilliant.
Fool’s Gold—-Never a favorite…but important in the evolution of the band. The musicianship seems a bit weak and programmed..although Squire manages some rather funky sounds here and there. I will take it…but I usually skip this and go back to the beginning.
***** out of 5 [!!!!!]