ARTIST: The Stone Roses
TITLE: The Stone Roses
YEAR RELEASED: 1989
CHART ACTION: #86, #5 UK
SINGLES: Elephant Stone (#8 UK), Made of Stone (#20 UK), She Bangs the Drums (#9 US Alternative, #34 UK), I Wanna Be Adored (#18 US Alternative), Fools Gold (#5 US Alternative, #8 UK), I Am the Resurrection (#33 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Waterfall
LINEUP: Ian Brown, Mani, Reni, John Squire
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Oh, Madchester! They claimed not to be part of this scene, but their music rather much fits with that vibe.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This is another one of those ‘great hype’ records of the UK that fell somewhat flat to me at first. I had wanted all the songs to be like Fools Gold or I Am the Resurrection, but they weren’t. Alas. My favorite cut then was She Bangs the Drums with its neat guitar lines. I rarely played it all the way through, though I did plop a few songs on mixes now and again.
Upon re-hearing I can see where some of the hype came from. While not a TOTALLY Madchester-type record there’s a lot of textures and subtle sonic tricks in the songs. Still, though, some of the songs are meandering and don’t excite me. It’s not the BEST RECORD EVER from the UK. But it’s good.
BTW, I am reviewing the US version, not the UK version, which had two singles missing from the lineup. Without those singles, it’s down a couple of points.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This album was a slow burner on the charts. It was released in 1989, but not until 1990 and 1991 did it make a lot of noise in the UK. (A Top of the Pops performance in late 1989 gave them a big push).
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, several. The current one is a 20th Anniversary with the original UK order, all the singles and B-sides from the era, outtakes, and ‘lost’ demos. Many of the extras are superfluous.
GRADE: B+: Most cuts are good to great. But some average and lazy cuts move it down from the A territory.