already owns 1995s Complete Stone Roses album should rightly
take this release as a piece of timely rehashing to keep the Christmas
tills cashing. But take off those cynical glasses for just one
moment. The Stone Roses were one of the most important British
bands ever to pick up a guitar and this fantastic, though admittedly
unnecessary, CD is a key introduction for anybody who liked them,
missed out or just wants another bite at the fruit of nostalgia.
the north west of England during the late 1980s, the Roses had
a finger in so many musical pies. Over time, they combined the
essence of rave and light rock to invent their own sound and give
birth to the Indy craze that dominated the early 1990s. The Stone
Roses were the first to do much of what became ingrained in popular
culture, leading the way in flarey jeans, beanie hats and guitar
sequences that still bring a shiver when my ear instantly recognises
them. The Stone Roses are timeless, and this 15-track CD is packed
with quality anthems that defined a fascinating era.
with the Indy gem I Wanna Be Adored, and classic after classic
relentlessly follows. She Bangs The Drums, Ten Storey Love Song,
Waterfall, Made of Stone, and the incredible Love Spreads create
a solid intro. And the wonderful thing about an album full of
Stone Roses greats is that the momentum never wanes, Sally Cinnamon
and the minimaliisic genius of Fools Gold take centre-stage here
and the finale is as good as any Best of album I have come across,
with One I Love being graciously followed by This Is The One and
I Am The Resurrection. All three are musical spectacles, they
run and run and you just want them to go on for ever and ever.
Let me put
you in the picture, let me show you what I mean: This has all
been heard before seven years ago on The Complete Stone Roses.
If you have that, this best of is completely pointless. If you
havent, this album is a definite 9/10. This is the one.
11-Nov-2002 12:00 PM
liked Very Best of...
1. I Wanna Be Adored
2. She Bangs The Drum
3. Ten Story Love Songe
5. Made Of Stone
6. Love Spreads
7. What the World Is Waiting For
8. Sally Cinnamon
9. Fools Gold
10. Begging You
11. Elephant Stone
12. Breaking Into Heaven
13. One Love
14. This Is The One
15. I Am The Resurrection