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Unbowed by the burden of expectation, the Mancunians forge new ways to groove. Despite the suffocating pressure to match a classic debut and the intra-band squabbles it caused, Second Coming contains premium psychedelic pop in “Ten Storey Love Song” and the spiteful “How Do You Sleep”. The band’s impulse to merge guitars and dance music into new states of bliss gets best explored here though. The techno-rock collision of “Begging You” is exhilarating and singular, while an elastic rhythm section and Ian Brown’s righteous swagger transform “Love Spreads” from a Led Zep tribute into mantric rock-funk.


Formed: 1985 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

Meshing '60s-styled guitar pop with an understated '80s dance beat, the Stone Roses defined the British guitar pop scene of the late '80s and early '90s. After their eponymous 1989 debut album became an English sensation, countless other groups in the same vein became popular, including the Charlatans UK, Inspiral Carpets, and Happy Mondays. However, the Stone Roses were never able to capitalize on the promise of their first album, waiting five years before they released their second record and slowly...
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