How does 'All For One' measure up to the old stuff?
The Stone Roses have just released their first single in more than 20 years, 'All For One', and it has sent some serious nostalgia through their oldest fans. We've been waiting for some new stuff ever since they reformed in 2011, but now that we have some, we can't help comparing it to their landmark debut.
The Stone Roses are back with a new single
The artist... The Stone Roses are Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni; four musicians that grew up in Manchester listening to the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Johnny Marr, Sex Pistols and The Clash to name but a few of their early influences. Their self-titled debut album was followed by a less critically acclaimed second album called 'Second Coming' in 1994, two years after which they disbanded. They famously set-up a concert at Spike Island in 1990 which gathered 27,000 people.
The album... Widely regarded as one of the greatest British albums in the history of modern music, 'The Stone Roses' was released in 1989 just six years after the band formed. Produced by John Leckie and released on Silvertone records, it started a new generation of alternative rock and featured such tracks as 'Bye Bye Badman' and 'Made Of Stone'. Much of the lyrics centered around an anti-establishment ethic.
Why you need to hear it... If the Madchester movement has ever been on your radar, this can't be missed. 'The Stone Roses' was innovative in combining elements of dance and rock, along with an almost punk aesthetic when it came to the concepts and lyrics. This was the birth of a working-class pop scene that would go on to influence the likes of Oasis and Blur.
The best song... 'I Am The Resurrection': It's the final song on the UK release and was released as a single in 1992. It also set-up the album for it's follow-up 'Second Coming'. If you look past the religious connotations though, you'll find a mainly instrumental track with driven drum beats, summery vocals and almost classic rock style guitars.
Where are they now? They've just released a brand new song; their first new material since 'Second Coming', having been teasing us that they were on the move with something since as far back as 2011. 'All For One' debuted on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 yesterday (May 13th 2016).