Its funny the amount of people who assign themselves as experts on here who copy the common view of the media. They wanted the second album to be more of the catchy indie pop songs that appeared on the first album.
The second album was this band's coming of age. People that slate this album are just confirming that they don't know a lot about music. Yes, it may not be to your taste, and of course everyone is entitled to have their own opinion and not like it, but you cant deny how good Mani, Reni and John Squire were together.
Yes, Ian Brown couldn't sing, which obviously brought the live gigs down, but i love how his voice sounds on record, it is of course a massive reverb effort but they were obviously fully aware of how well it suits the music. I try and imagine a great vocalist like Dave Grohl singing the records on both of the Roses albums, and i honestly feel like it wouldnt work.
The quality of the instrumentals on this album is truly excellent, take the last 1:20 of Breaking into heaven as an example of that.They really went to town on getting the sound just right on this album and they really hit the nail on the head. The first few bars of Begging You took 3 weeks of studio time for Squire to perfect and its created a stunning sound.
And Breaking into Heaven brings me to the review by 'jakedeadbody'.
his review was very well written, and i agree totally on the views on sally cinnamon and the old version of elephant stone (the version on the best of album is excellent, however).
In my opinion though, his views typify the way this album is taken in the wrong light. You say Portishead's Dummy, Jeff Buckley's Grace, Beck's Mellow Gold and Blur's Parklife are infinitely better. But with Breaking into Heaven, instrumentally none of them get anywhere near it. And believe me, i love those songs with the exception of Parklife.
Love Spreads, begging you and tightrope are true classics in their own right, at a time when the band were on a completely new level.
Sadly for them, the nations taste in music was changing, making way for the catchy britpop. The Stone Roses are still the best indie band, they completely changed everything. The first album can't have been a fluke, as the second one was even better. I just always feel that those who describe it as a disappointment either haven't listened to it properly, or they just don't 'get it'.