Second Coming [VINYL] Limited Edition
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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 ›
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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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 3 months ago by Lisa Pursglove
Underrated album. 1st song intro a bit long and the hidden track is rubbish and pointless. Apart from that this album shows the stone roses musical talent in full different ranges.Published 5 months ago by richard
I gotta say it: it isn't what we expected or maybe wanted all those years ago but it is a damn fine record. AND....Ian Brown can actually sing given the right song!!!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I almost cried when i heard love spreads, played to me down the phone by a friend who had taped radio one. (Younger views do ask...). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer