Second Coming CD
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A rising chord seeps into a growling bassline... followed by water trickling and some distant bird songs. "Breaking Into Heaven," is probably the most memorable part of the whole album, especially when it rises into some jungle drums, then a funky rock rhythm. The eleven-minute intro alone has more variety than most rock bands can manage in a whole album.
And after the intro? The fiery rock of "Driving South," funkiness of "Daybreak," or the acoustic-led sweetness of "Your Star Will Shine" and "Tightrope." There are dips into pop, hard rock, and the occasional nod to Led Zeppelin's famous riffs. It ends on a robust note with "Love Spreads," not the best Stone Roses song but a likable, grounded one.
If video killed the radio star, then success killed the Stone Roses. They disbanded shortly after "Second Coming" was given a disappointing reception, and after a nasty lawsuit from their record company. But time has been kind to the sophomore album. Sure, okay, it's not as good as the self-titled debut -- but it is a good rock album in its own right, inventive and sometimes a little insane.
John Squire's guitar contortions are what you really notice about the music -- he can do mellow acoustic strumming in one song, then Zeppelin-style riffs that tear your throat out.Read more ›
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 so sad that this CD is not listened to and admired 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.
Let me put you in the picture,
let me show you what I mean.
The messiah is my sister,
ain't no king man, she's my queen!
Thank you Stone Roses for giving us this beautiful CD and all the other wonderful music you created!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I make too much of how incredible it was to have been in my 20's from roughly 1988 to 1995. This was one of those historical moments that everyone blabbers on about, and it did... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Garbageman
I love this album. Yes, it's a departure from their classic sound, but on its own it's a great brit rock album. John Squire's guitar work is unbelievable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David G
More like 3.5 stars. The stone roses are one of the best to do it ever imho but they definetly came up short with this one. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dustin French
I liked it. The Stone Roses are definitely a band worth listening to, with their funky sound and jam-style songs.Published 18 months ago by Ian Spens
This album is an amazing sophomore effort by The Stone Roses. I'd forgotten about this one till very recently when I heard Love Spreads on Spotify, and fell back in love with this... Read morePublished 20 months ago by thom evans
What a great surprise. I got hooked on the song "Love Spreads" (a one hit wonder in my personal listening realm) and checked out the album to see how this band - unknown to... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Kathy Geels
I understand the bad reviews now.
I love the first album, got it when it came out but never had listened to the 2nd.
Shouldn't have bothered. Read more
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