31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore The Critics Make up your own Mind
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...
Published on 2 Dec 2008 by N. Lammond
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mmmm...... interesting.
From listening to this intially, you'll probably think why did the Roses bother after the first masterpiece. Although this is not as good as the first, it's a completely different album, more bluesy than byrdsy. I can't stand 'Ten Story Love Song', but this is worth buying just for 'Love Spreads'. As for the rest, well, they'll grow on you...
Published on 26 Dec 1999 by Amir Mohammed Arezoo
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better than their debut.....................,
By A Customer
This album is almost so perfect in places, that it could have taken the Roses to heights not even their debut could have!!
The problem is that amongst 8 songs of pure genious you have the likes of daybreak, probably the worst song the Roses ever wrote, tears, your star will shine and good times, which have you reaching for the skip button before they have even begun. Even driving south wears thin after 5 and a half minutes.
But even though a third of this album is so annoyingly below the Roses high standards, the album is worth its weight in gold for the other 7-8 songs alone, breaking into heaven is awesome, with squires swirling guitar, and mani's pulsing bass driving you through 11 minutes of some of the best music ever written.
What else can i say? all the other songs i've not mentioned would easily have held their own on their debut with begging you and love spreads being 2 of the best tunes i've ever heard, the album is worth buying for these alone.
Maybe if they'd taken another year on top of the five they did take to make this (so they could have flushed daybreak and a couple of others to b sides), i'm sure it'd be featuring in many a Q magazine top 100 albums ever, if only.........
7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The critics are right,
By A Customer
When I first bought this album back in early '95, it was a major disappointment. Growing up in the mid '80's wasn't great for music, with only bands such as The Smiths and Happy Mondays showing that there was any light at the end of the tunnel. Then came the roses and they were a band to live your life by. The tunes were brilliant, both the album, B-Sides and follow up singles were the best things I had ever heard, blowing all other music around them out of the water.
So having to wait 5 years for a follow up album wasn't great but knowing that it would be the est album ever meant no-one really cared that much how long it took.
The first 4 songs on the album sound like the Stone roses, with 'Ten Story...' standing out along with 'Breaking into Heaven', but then it takes a turn for the worst. The next 4 suggest that the Roses had lost their way somewhat and didn't really have the quality material that the second album deserved, they sounded very much like they should have been B-sides. Then finally you come to 'Begging You'. Its good, but not as good as Fools Gold which it gets compared to due to its dance feel. The next few songs are ok, good times gets the blood going again, but the song is ruined by a 3 minute zeppelein-esque solo at the end, which also goes for tears, which started out with a 'stairway to heaven' style acoustic riff, which then turns into another led zeppelin hell for leather solo for three minutes.
The album ends with 'Love Spreads',which is a good song, but as a comeback single which I waited 4 years for, simply isn't good enough.
As you can tell by this review, I am still upset at the album not reaching the high standards set by the Roses.
However if any other band had created this it would be praised and probably given 5 stars, but compared to 'The Stone Roses', this doesn't compare.
5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Come on get real?,
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The Stone Roses eponymous album is one of the best albums around. This second coming is one of the worst. I have listened to it over and over trying to get into it. It just ain't for me. Only one song begins to reach the standard and quality of the other album and that is 'Ten Story Love Song'. Even so only just. I don't make comments about music lightly, I have given this album too much time to win me over. Just remember the first album is a completely different story of sublime bliss from end to end.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No wonder they split up!,
Twelve tracks of 'The Stone Roses' the other 87 tracks are pure 3 second silence
Is Ian Brown mental in the head?..or shall I say a solo career was his best move
The one and only 1st roses L.P. is fabulous..this is a digital nightmare!
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album, poor Roses album,
There are a handful of very good songs - Love Spreads, Breaking into Heaven, Daybreak, Driving South and Ten Storey Long. The rest veers from the pleasant but ultimately disposable to cringe inducingly bad, mostly for the descent into rock cliche that is embarrassing for a group of lads inspired by the punk era and its' values. I guess by the start of the nineties they had lost the hunger, I think we knew that the summer of 1989 were the glory days and when the moment has gone, that's it. They burned brightly but all too briefly.
4 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty dreadful,
By A Customer
Five years wasted, poor singing (as usual by ian Brown), self obsessed guitar solos, juvenile lyrics.... the list goes on what on earth went wrong?
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