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Album Review

There's no denying that Second Coming is a bit of a letdown. None of the songs are quite as strong as the best on their debut, but there is plenty of good music on the band's much-delayed second record. The Stone Roses create a dense tapestry of interweaving guitars and pulsing bass grooves. Ian Brown growls a little more than before, but he isn't the center of the music; John Squire's endlessly colorful riffs are. It's clear that Squire has been listening to a bit of hard rock, particularly Led Zeppelin. While the songs occasionally take a back seat to the grooves, several tracks — "Ten Storey Love Song," "Begging You," "Tightrope," "How Do You Sleep," and "Love Spreads" — rank as true classics. It might not be the long-awaited masterpiece it was rumored to be, but Second Coming is a fine sophomore effort.

Customer Reviews

Criminally underrated album

This album puts a HUGE majority of albums to shame with it's virtuosity, lyrics, melody, beauty and art. It is SO overlooked and underappreciated that it should be considered a crime against humanity. I really have to respectfully submit a theory that those who don't like this CD had expectations problems from the first release. This CD is not "The Stone Roses Part II" it is a new direction with hints at the old direction (listen: "Ten Storey Love Song"). This is a BIG slice of funk, blues, pop, and rock that would make any rock music fan drool endlessly. I am saddened that this CD is not listened to and appreciated as it should be. From the opening jungle sounds, betraying the (ultimately) African (or African American) influences which shaped this wonder to the final guitar soloing, breathy singing of Ian Brown, and rollicking bassline of "Love Spreads", this CD is full of quality art. Please, if you discovered the Stone Roses late or just never picked this up, pick it up and listen to it as a work of art. An independent CD not related to the first CD in any but the smallest ways. Thanks to the Stone Roses for giving us this beautiful CD and all the other wonderful music they created!

Perfection!

I know I could make myself unpopular amongst some Stone Roses fans by saying this but I honestly rate this as their best album. Their first one may have more famous tracks, but instrumentally this is a really really exceptional piece of work. Such a shame these guys didn't stick around for longer and produce more of the same!

criminally neglected album

Perhaps it was that the stone roses took way too long to follow-up the self-titled album that folks just got tired of waiting and moved-on. When the album came out, most gave it a quick listen and tossed it aside... Give it a closer listen! it is a fantastic album... It has some great blues influenced rock (love spreads, driving south) and an AMAZING "ballad" called Tightrope... give this song a few listens it will hook you!

Biography

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...
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