The Stone Roses are an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1983. They were one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement that was active during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band’s most prominent 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 mixed reviews in 1994. The group soon disbanded after several lineup changes throughout the supporting tour, which began with Reni first departing in late 1995, followed by Squire in April 1996. Brown and Mani dissolved the remains of the group in October 1996 following their appearance at Reading Festival.
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.
In 2016 they released their first new material in two decades.
Breaking Into Heaven—-Kicking off one of the most eagerly anticipated sophomore releases with one of the most climatic musical intros in modern music history, fans of The Stone Roses were indeed in heaven at the arrival of this album and first track. Full of almost ambient music with strains of the guitar mastery to emerge, this was almost a nail biting intro as we waited to see if the hype would be delivered upon. As the track finally took shape, we knew it was as it was meant to be. Ian enters with his vocal…in tune and sounding invigorated…with that classic Brit guitar lending backbone to the track. This is just epic……in every sense of the word. Just as fantastic today as it was then.
Driving South—-With a heavy and fuzzy guitar that was very reminiscent of the time of release, this is a huge track as well…full of reverb and a groove that just about defines the roses and the vibe they were masters at promoting. Ian sounds great…his phrasing was masterful and he almost speaks his way through the song…perhaps insuring that it would play better live. Sometimes Mr. Brown is just disastrous live. this plays so well in my headphones….tons of memories.
Ten Storey Love Song—-Incredibly beautiful and melodic, this can almost bring tears to your eyes with every listen. This is so beautifully constructed and huge when the chorus erupts….you just feel yourself melt into the song. This is about as brilliant as things can get.
Daybreak—-Full of nice psychedelic guitar licks and a lazy relaxed vocal, this is just wonderful. With lots of references to the old hometown of Manchester, this is really nice. The drums….although not loud and pronounced are so important to the structure of this song. This is just wonderful.
Your Star Will Shine—-Wonderfully constructed with a mix of acoustic and an underlying electricity. The build up to the track is as beautiful as the song itself. Ian Brown delivers a vocal that is so sweet and spot on that you almost melt right into the song itself. This is poetry put to music….and damn good poetry and music it is……full of a 60’s throwback sound….this is a favorite all time track of mine.
Straight To The Man—-Suffering a bit from the ‘sameness’ syndrome. this track sounds a bit to similar to everything else of the release. Full of filler doot doot doots….like there were no enough lyrics to go around. I don’t hate this….but I often skip over it.
Begging You—-Returning to a full throttle psychedelic feel. this has all the required elements. The vocal sounds a bit removed from the mi for my taste….but it still plays well despite everything. I like this….it has a nice escalating guitar driving sound……fantastic.
Tightrope—-Stripped down and full of atmosphere right from the onset, the double tracked vocal is just incredible. I love this song!!!! The melody that runs through the underbelly of this song is just incredible….the slight stripped down guitar just adds to the beauty of the song….and surprise….an is in remarkable tune and vocal finesse. The song builds and builds as it continues….leaving you in an exhausted pleasure filled heap when it ends. Just beautiful.
Good Times—-Continuing in the acoustic style of feel good music, there are nice sharp burst of guitars that eventually evolve into a nice romp through modern psychedelic rock.This track just builds and builds….adopting all of the trademark Roses sounds. Ian delivers a vocal that sounds a bit hoarse and damn charming….I love this….the song is just a feel good affair.
Tears—-Slow and melancholy again….even with some wonderful harmonica. Ian seems to float over the top of all the instrumentation…..while the multiple strumming creates a modern landscape. This is just freakin beautiful…….making you really miss this band.
How Do You Sleep—-The incredibly melodic vocal begins almost immediately….this track. lyrically is sweet and full of wonderful sentiments….making you almost melt. When the melody of the chorus kicks in….it takes you right back to the joyous days of Sally Cinnamon. There is nothing better than this.
Love Spreads—-Rounding out the release much as it began with a familiar psych infused guitar romp. this was the perfect swan song for the band…until as of late. There is no fault to be found with this song….classic…..fantastic and wonderfully Roses.
***** out of 5