- Audio CD (20 Mar. 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Geffen Records
- ASIN: B000000OT7
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Second Coming Import
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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 PattisonSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
`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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some good songs on this album but not a classic by any means. With elements of occasional brilliance the album is a bit lame in places and I find myself losing interest. Read morePublished 16 days ago by barry
fast delivery, but what a dreadful album. Really really terrible. Went in the bin.Published 1 month ago by Biddy Lee
The fact is, is that is a great album!!!
Yes a different sound from the first album but so what, don't listen to all the dummies that whinge and whine cos it takes another... Read more
It's nowhere near up to the standard of the debut album but not as bad as people make out, some of the tracks do meander a bit but still
Better then most of the guff released... Read more
Unfairly judged compared and written off after 5 years of waiting from their masterpiece debut album. Just sit down relax and listenPublished 5 months ago by Lisa Pursglove