The Stone Rosesby The Stone Roses
When Manchester's Stone Roses released their eponymous debut album in 1989, British youth were abandoning rock music en masse for acid-house sounds and communal raves. Without resorting to dance beats, Stone Roses effortlessly tapped into this cultural sea-change and almost single-handedly made British rock music hip again. Stone Roses remains forever faultless. The dreamlike opener, "I Wanna Be Adored," and the enthralling conclusion, "I Am the Resurrection," ultimately caused a plague of overconfident Brit youth declaring similar greatness, but coming from the Roses' Jagger-like vocalist Ian Brown, such claims were temporarily justified. Gifted guitarist John Squire, bassist Mani, and drummer Reni all helped set a musical agenda of classic psychedelia married with punk energy and rave swagger, a sound at its best on the pop anthems "She Bangs the Drums" and "Made of Stone," the backward-guitar riffing "Don't Stop," and the raucous "This Is the One." A post-album single, the lengthy and funky "Fool's Gold," was added to later American pressings of Stone Roses and then that was it: the group got famous, became embroiled in law suits, and reemerged only in 1995, with the stodgy and wrongly titled Second Coming. The Stone Roses, however, remains a stellar contribution to the canon of classic debuts.
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this record is a miraculous piece of work. with abstruse biblical and literary references, seriously classic hooks, and honest musicianship (insane drums that cannot be duplicated and sweet rolling basslines), this record not only changed the course of british music throughout the entire 90s, but managed to start a series of movements in its wake previously akin only to the likes of the velvet underground. without them, there might be brit-pop, but nobody would care about it. this record is as important as the white album and the only thing in contemporary times that can touch it is the la's record. if ian brown could have sang on-key live as well as he did on this record, they would have taken over the world. that being said, we should be happy we even have the stone roses at all because the summation of all that is good and that has ever been good in rock-n-roll has somehow made it on to this record. and you will be hard pressed to find someone who disagrees with this.
It's hard to believe this many great songs were packed into one album, let alone a debut. Something must be in the water in Manchester because for a city that has produced the likes of Joy Division/New Order and Oasis, this album, however briefly, outshined all of them. In fact, it could be argued that without Stone Roses, Oasis, Blur and the rest of Brit-rock don't make as much an impact.
This is one of my alltie favorites, pure music..with the feeling..
Yeah this album moved borders in indie music scene in the beginning of nineteens.You could call it the cornerstone of so called britpop. After that most of the indie bands tried to sound like Stone Roses.