ALBUM                                 :           THE STONE ROSES

ARTIST                                  :           THE STONE ROSES

GENRE                                   :           ALTERNATIVE ROCK

DATE RELEASED                 :           1989


The late eighties is quite a confused era musically.  It was the time where almost all type of musical genre was vying for attention.  This is why that there was no single musical genre that really dominated the scene. Singers came and went and bands dabbled from new wave to rock and some were gone and others manage to reinvent the wheel.

The Stone Roses released their debut album in 1989 and the whole vibe of the album is mixed in terms of sounds and vibe.  Here is a track by track review of this album.

  • I Wanna Be Adored – typical 80’s song, the sound is similar to The Adventurer’s “Two Rivers” in terms of vocal quality. Musically, it is like the band stepping out from the basic new wave sounds to subscribing to more basic rock.

Watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D2qcbu26gs.

  • She Bangs The Drums – the kind of song that you want to hear live and judge if the band can replicate the recording. It is quite danceable too though it sounded like a little bit of any Modern English songs.
  • Waterfall – the sound and vibe of this track is like a fusion of Beatles and The Beach Boys. It has the musical seriousness of John and Paul lyrically and breezy atmosphere vibe, like just any Beach Boys songs. The guitar riff sounds like what you will hear in Achtung Baby album of U2.

Watch live performance of Waterfall in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdxkzKdZn2I.

  • Don’t Stop – trippy and psychedelic. This song can be construed as an experiment of sounds.  You have ambient and chill mood, trip hop and blue grass elements, and even some Latin flavor.
  • Bye Bye Badman – after listening to this song, you would ask yourself if this band had a plan then to become Beatles reincarnate. The vocal sounds like Paul McCartney in this song.

Watch fan-made video of Bye Bye Badman in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3WkIENVY_M.


  • Elizabeth My Dear – is a filler song and perhaps intended to give listeners a break from listening to Beatles like songs.
  • (Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister – if you want sixties vibe, you will definitely find it in this song. It’s like boppier version of “Light My Fire.”

Watch live performance of this song in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQTJo1AFV0M.

  • Made of Stone – here is another Beatles like song and any good DJ would try to mash up this song with “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”
  • Shoot You Down – this song would further prove your hunch that this band might be one of the trailblazers of grange sound. Take out from your concentration on the sixties vibe and instead focus on the musical structure and you would definitely tell that at 1989 this song is neither new wave nor rock.

Watch live performance of “Shoot You Down” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EapAztdrF-8.

  • This Is The One – if you are looking for answers to the question where did bands like American Hi-Fi and American Authors get their inspirations, then this is it. The musical style of this song is similar to what most current bands today are doing.
  • Am I The Resurrection – the drum sound in the intro is like that of Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman.” You might suspect that the lyrics of the song are about damning “God” but actually the song is telling us that we are capable of deciding second chances for other people.

Watch fan-made video of this song in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbU7oVz0Uq0.

The Stone Roses debut album is recognized as one of the best debut albums of all time.  There is no doubt about it.  With that, I urge music fans to discover this album again.  This album deserves a 5 star rating at this point in time as the all the songs are quite timeless.


1 stars = Ignore it

2 stars = risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it


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