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The Stone Roses

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I Wanna Be Adored
She Bangs the Drums
Don't Stop
Bye Bye Bad Man
Elizabeth My Dear
(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister
Made of Stone
Shoot You Down
This Is The One
I Am The Resurrection
Fools Gold
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 58:33

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Philip Sherburne writes about music for SPIN, Wondering Sound, The Wire, Resident Advisor and elsewhere, with a particular focus on electronic music (for dancin...more »

The comedown soundtrack for a generation soaring at a blissful, cruising speed
2009 | Label: Sony Music UK

Despite their links to rave culture, the Stone Roses 'music was precisely the opposite of futuristic. After all, the Manchester janglers were merely putting a contemporary touch on the swirly, psychedelic rock of two decades earlier — something they shared in common with myriad guitar bands in the '80s. But they could still sing "Hits me where the sun don't shine/ The past was yours, but the future's mine/ You're all out of time" without… read more »

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This Is The One


The Stone Roses ultimately did not turn out to be "The Resurrection", but they sure did record one hell of a debut album. Canyon-deep guitars swell between sugar spun melodies. While Beatles-huge in the UK, they were virtually unknown in the states. Us Yanks were too busy enjoying Milli Vanilli.

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it'll change your life


simply one of the all time masterpiece... a fluid and uplifting work of genius coming from a band firing on all 4 cylinders. grooves, tunes, beautiful pop symphonies, every beat and bar and word is essential. and the sum of the parts is music at its most magical. the force is strong with this one. very, very strong.

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This is a brilliant album from end to end. It sounds as fresh today as it did twenty years ago.

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Best Debut Album Ever


It's unfortunate this album was lumped in with Madchester because that was a drug fueled fad that ended once the high wore off. This album literally could have been released any year from 1966 onwards. 'Timeless' is thrown around too much but this is a timeless album

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Since the Stone Roses were the nominal leaders of Britain’s “Madchester” scene — an indie rock phenomenon that fused guitar pop with drug-fueled rave and dance culture — it’s rather ironic that their eponymous debut only hints at dance music. What made the Stone Roses important was how they welcomed dance and pop together, treating them as if they were the same beast. Equally important was the Roses’ cool, detached arrogance, which was personified by Ian Brown’s nonchalant vocals. Brown’s effortless malevolence is brought to life with songs that equal both his sentiments and his voice — “I Wanna Be Adored,” with its creeping bassline and waves of cool guitar hooks, doesn’t demand adoration, it just expects it. Similarly, Brown can claim “I Am the Resurrection” and lie back, as if there were no room for debate. But the key to The Stone Roses is John Squire’s layers of simple, exceedingly catchy hooks and how the rhythm section of Reni and Mani always imply dance rhythms without overtly going into the disco. On “She Bangs the Drums” and “Elephant Stone,” the hooks wind into the rhythm inseparably — the ’60s hooks and the rolling beats manage to convey the colorful, neo-psychedelic world of acid house. Squire’s riffs are bright and catchy, recalling the British Invasion while suggesting the future with their phased, echoey effects. The Stone Roses was a two-fold revolution — it brought dance music to an audience that was previously obsessed with droning guitars, while it revived the concept of classic pop songwriting, and the repercussions of its achievement could be heard throughout the ’90s, even if the Stone Roses could never achieve this level of achievement again. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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