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2.0 out of 5 stars BYE BYE BADBOOK, 1 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Stone Roses' The Stone Roses (33 1/3) (Paperback)
Well, the album needs no introduction and we all have our stories about what it means to us, which makes it a little irritating that the writer insists on coating this Pollock-inspired masterpiece with so many dull splashes of his own reminiscences.
For example, he mentions that he used to feel "Bye Bye Badman" was an ode to youthful byronics, when in fact it strongly references the Paris riots of the 60's.
Unfortunately, his powers of interpretation and insight haven't improved much, as he claims about "(Song for my) Sugar Spun Sister":

"Until the sky turns green / The grass is several shades of blue / Every member of parliament trips on glue", Brown sings out of nowhere, switching gears and directing this lyrical barb at the hypocrisy of phony and quite possibly chemically addicted English politicians."

Oops...it's clear from the next lines of the song that Brown is actually outlining the kind of crazy conditions that would have to be met in order to seal his girl's love - "It takes all these things and all that time /
Till my sugar spun sister's happy / With this love of mine
It'll take all these things and oh much more"

Sorry, but I found an own goal like that rather consistent with the spirit of this book - it didn't even make me feel like listening to the album again particularly, and that's a fail as far as these kind of books go! More fun is to be had watching the interviews again on Youtube...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wasted Opportunity, 18 May 2014
This review is from: The Stone Roses' The Stone Roses (33 1/3) (Paperback)
This could have been great, but instead it's just a bit dull. Formulaic accounts of what songs are about with sometimes questionable assumptions, and no real sense of what makes the albm so special or important. Also too much personal reminiscing which isn't really interesting enough to indulge. Yes, 'TSR' is an album that often soundtracks people's lives, but you need to be a bit more interesting than that if you're writing a book about it.

Also - and I think unforgivably - this is based on the US version of the album which has 'Elephant Stone' at track 3 between 'She Bangs the Drums' and 'Waterfall' - that came out several months after the UK version. I know it's by an American, but considering this is organised by track, British readers will wonder what on earth is going on.
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