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Meshing '60s-styled guitar pop with an understated '80s dance beat, the Stone Roses defined the British guitar pop scene of the late '80s and early '90s. After their eponymous 1989 debut album became an English sensation, countless other groups in the same vein became popular, including the Charlatans UK, Inspiral Carpets, and Happy ... Read more in Amazon's The Stone Roses Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Mar. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OT7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Breaking Into Heaven
2. Driving South
3. Ten Storey Love Song
4. Daybreak
5. Your Star Will Shine
6. Straight To The Man
7. Begging You
8. Tightrope
9. Good Times
10. Tears
11. How Do You Sleep
12. Love Spreads

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Controversial 2nd album from 1994

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Their debut made them the new Beatles and Stones rolled into one, and Second Coming was five years in the making. Accordingly, the anticipation was immense, and when the product seemed on first listen to be a very long, very protracted Led Zeppelin guitar solo--courtesy of the excessively well-practised John Squire--The Stone Roses convincingly punctured their own myth. Nevertheless, some of Second Coming is quite good: "Breaking Into Heaven" is appealingly pompous, showing that the Roses at least had a handle on the nature of their own import, and better still, had the ability to pull it off. "Love Spreads" and "Ten Storey Love Song" are imbued with the arrogance--and thankfully the tunes--of old. And the rest? Well, if you've ever heard John Squire's next band, The Seahorses, you'll know what to expect. Seldom has the guitar solo been so accomplished, or so dull. --Louis Pattison

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By N. Lammond on 2 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
When this came out it had very mixed reviews so when I bought it shortly afterwards having only heard Love Spreads and Your star Will Shine I was prepared for dissapointment.

However sitting in a darkened room with this on the headphones certainly told me all I needed to know about this great LP. From the very start of Breaking Into Heavens weird and wonderful middle of a swamp intro the Roses have your attention. Breaking into Heaven is a totally different sound to the Byrd like sound on the first album it's darker heavier but by no means poorer. After a tantalising 11 minute beginning you go into Driving South which has been used many a time on TV as background music, Soccer am ,Top Gear etc perfect driving guitar music with ian Brown rasping vocals telling us that he sure as hell aint pretty and he sure as hell can't sing-bit harsh but a nice twist on the usual self confidence. From here we get the sublime Ten storey Love Song which as many have said could have been slotted easily onto the debut LP. The track after this Daybreak changes the feel of the CD yet again fronm almost poppy to almost funky-love the slow down speed up tempo change and simplistic name checking of destinations 'from new york city to addis ababaaaa'. Nice tune which takes us onto the slower more thoughtful Your Star will Shine which is nice without blowing you away. Straight to the man is a bit more up tempo and is again nice without pulling up any trees, what it does do is keep the flow of the LP going.

Now the Roses being the Roses they don't settle for letting the whole package peter out they come back with a real blaster the high tempo technoesque Beggin You another track heard a lot outside the confines of the Cd.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By robotfish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Oh lord, This happened to me in the 90s - over expectation leading to disappointment. The Roses are coming back in 2012 and I am giddy with excitement. So much so I dusted this down and gave it a spin today. And I find myself asking "why was I disappointed?".

This is a cracking rock album, starting with three of their very finest songs. Breaking Into Heaven is a huge uplifting opener, Driving South goes for the blues, and then 10 Storey Love Song starts chiming and we could be back in the grooves of the (utter classic) debut. There is a dip next, Daybreak is a formless shuffle that goes nowhere, and Straight To The Man sounds unfinished, like scraps of several Happy Mondays songs bolted together. They are separated by the very pretty, very Beatlesy Your Star Will Shine. The home straight is fantastic. Starting with the thumping Begging You (I seem to have a dozen remixes of this lying around) and the (Rolling) Stones sound-alike Tightrope...I'm starting to think this may be a lost classic. Good Times comes next, a great track but not sure if the key suits Ian's vocal. I think I remember this sounded like a dogs dinner live though. Followed by my favourite at the time: Tears. Its the most subtle of the tunes on here, maybe the song is a little cluttered but the tune and the guitar solos are beautiful. How Do You Sleep is good-not-great song, and sets the album up nicely for the rock monster of a closer that is Love Spreads.

Its more varied than the debut for sure and much more uneven. It's not the classic that the first album was but it has some seriously good high points. Now, excuse me while I count down the days to Heaton Park. And maybe a third album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ds Woodhouse on 3 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is not the best album ever made but it IS my favorite. For many years I preferred The Stone Roses but with age I gravitated more and more to the Second Coming. In places (e.g. Driving South and Tears) it has a very very heavy sound and that probably turned off the fans who liked the jingly jangly pop of their earlier singles. However, the improved production, layered guitars and bigger sound really makes the first album sound light weight by contrast.

The Second Coming has a depth that is only really revealed with repeated listens. In many respects, it's Squires'album, he wrote most of the tracks and his guitar playing dominates the music. In places, (e.g. Love Spreads and Good Times) it is absolutely virtuoso and compares with greats like Hendrix. It's definately an album that's dominated by the music rather than the vocals but in places (e.g. Tightrope) the lyrics are just pure poetry. Browns snearing, rasping, accented delivery is perfect for the sound.

Whilst not as immediate as other records, the songs are definately of a consistently high standard and the album only seems to dip with middle tracks Star Will Shine and Straight to the Man. My favorite track is actually one that I would routinely skip over when I first bought the album. Daybreak. Their playing on that is amazing and every single listen seems to reveal another hidden nuance. Most will probably prefer Ten Storey Love Song which is the most 'poppy' track and the most like the first album.

It's probably a marmite album that will suit certain tastes. Personally, I love it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. C. Milne on 17 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
`Ten Storey Love Song' and `How Do You Sleep' aside, which hint at the pastoral beauty much loved on the Roses debut album, what we have for the most part here is a surprisingly varied and eclectic record.

`Second Coming' was largely critically dismissed when it came out, due to certain writers inability to compute the thundering Led Zeppelin riffs on here with the band who had made the likes of `Fools Gold', `Waterfall' and `She Bangs The Drums'. But John Squire's apparent hard rock obsession is only a part of the story.

`Begging You', a thundering techno influenced juggernaut of a song that appears halfway through this record, is `One Love' on steroids, probably the most forward looking track on this album. Clearly influenced by emerging acts like Underworld and The Chemical Brothers, it doesn't quite sound so exciting now, but nonetheless, rubbishes the idea that the Roses were `just another rock band' by this point.

Ian Browns only writing credits appear as a co-writer on `Daybreak', a blues based jam, and `Straight To The man', a JJ Cale-esque shuffle that wouldn't have sounded out of place on his first solo album, `Unfinished Monkey Business'.

We're treated to a minute or so of jungle noises at the start of the record before the lolloping funk bassline to `Breaking Into Heaven' kicks in, and we indulge ourselves in over eleven minutes of what can only be described as glorious, swampy funk rock, still one of the finest introductions to an album I've ever heard. `Driving South' follows, with it's gargantuan blues riffs riding on a cavalcade of enormous drums, before `Ten Storey Love Song' and its soothing, seductive tones take us back to the heady days of their debut.
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