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Second Coming

Artist: The Stone Roses

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| | See all suzie84's reviews (4)

i love this album, it is superb from start to finish and is seriously an album to add to your collection, you are missing out if you dont buy this!!

  The return of the roses

| | See all chebs360's reviews (22)

I listen to this album constant , some real underated classics on it , breaking into to heaven is epic album opener , driving south , daybreak are excellent . can not stop listening to begging you a real crowd pleaser and must have been good to see live , love spreads to finish album off is just fantastic - squire is a genius

  ultimately the best album i've ever listened to!

| | See all hanging's reviews (1)

I have all three of there albums and I definitely think that this one has to be the best by a long run... tightrope, begging you are all great tracks but my absolute favorite is, Tears-What a song! Don't know why some people are just listening to their first album... You're seriously missing out!!!
And others that are slating this-must just not "get it!"

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  Comfortably the better of the two albums.

| | See all Breed86's reviews (1)

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'.

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  Second chance? No thanks!

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I guess I'm in a fairly unique position in that the (eventual) release of this much-maligned album coincided with my rejection of indie music when I was at college (ah, ever the fickle student!). As a consequence, aside from Love Spreads (the soundtrack to a particularly messy acid-fried night, but the less said about that the better), I hadn't heard the Second Coming from start to finish until very recently. Worth the wait? Hell no!

I adored the first album - who didn't? - but this is really very poor indeed. Obviously, there was no way the boys could've met the expectation heaped upon them at the time, but it's been 15 years since Second Coming's release and it's safe to say it doesn't even come close to album number one. In fact, I'll go out on a limb (probably running the risk of condemnation) and state that the band's first album looks suspiciously like a fluke. Fool's Gold was an important single at the time, but otherwise, the Stone Roses haven't really weathered that well. Early singles like Sally Cinnamon and Elephant Stone sound horribly dated and are certainly no match for any act of the period held in similarly high regard to this day (step forward the Smiths).

Although the entire project is pretty flawed overall, the worst thing has to be Ian Brown's voice. Never have his critics had a better example of his lack of vocal prowess and, while an inability to sing has presented no handicap for a great many fantastic vocalists over the years, the fact that John Squire seems so keen to steer the music into the realms of Led Zeppelin (the unashamed rip off of Stairway to Heaven on the track Tears is one especially blatant reference) only shows up Brown's weediness in the vocal department. Robert Plant he ain't. It's this confusion and lack of direction that causes the Second Coming to derail. A five-year jam session committed to record doesn't make for a great album. Time to take off those rose-coloured spectacles and bear in mind, 1994 also saw the release of Portishead's Dummy, Jeff Buckley's Grace, Beck's Mellow Gold, Blur's Parklife - all of them infinitely better, considerably more timeless albums than this one.


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  Good Times !

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Highly underated Second album just as people thought they had run out of steam out came this classic. Gone are the crashing guitars and dance anthems in came a heavy classic. Listen with the sun shining with a few beers in the fridge.

  underrated classic

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it took the roses six years to release a follow up to their debut and many fans were underwhelmed by the second coming but listening to it now 14 years since its release its a brave move the band made by not remaking the 60's byrds sound of their debut but aiming towards a more heavier led zepplin influence.best tracks are love spreads,begging you,ten storey love song(could have been on the first album) but the real standout is tears starts of like a folk song but builds into a massive psychedelic rock wig out, its stunning with john squires guitar playing fantastic.my fave roses track ever and worth buiyng the album top hear this.give it a chance.

  Let the Good Times Roll Again!

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Great album. Breakin' Into Heaven, Good Times, Tightrope, Daybreak and Love Spreads are all instant classics in my opinion. Guitar, Drums, Bass, Vocal and Harmony all blend together perfectly and result in some top notch groove rock. Get the beers in!

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