As debut albums go this must be up there with the very best of them. Even now listening to this beautiful music, it still sounds amazing.
The album start with the creeping Mani bass line of “I wanna be adored,” Reni’s drums kick in. It’s a fantastic opener matched with the arrogance of Ian Brown repeating “I wanna be adored”,”You adore me.” on another, ‘ aural ecstasy.
“She bangs the drum,” follows with its jangling guitars and timeless drumming. It’s a belter of a tune and as a trilogy of opening tunes for a debut, it begs the question just how did these four working-class northern lads pull this off?
“She’s a waterfall” a trippy Byrd’s style tune from the heavens. I love the guitar solo that takes us into the stratosphere. Anyone who has seen them perform live when you’re off your face will know what I am talking about. The tune finishes off with a full on head rush towards the rewind breakdown of “Don’t Stop.” I no longer smoke weed but this tune makes me want to skin up and take a puff.
“Bye bye bad man,” another nice tune it’s not one of my favourites but has an interesting story behind it. It’s about the 1968 riots in Paris. It’s a nice finish to side one and also ties in with the album cover. The cover has the French flag and lemons on the front (which were used to nullify the effects of tear gas).
It’s only many years later that I now realise that The Stone Roses were quite political. “Elizabeth my dear” making the point.
Which welcomes us to side two.
Politics are put to one side as we lead into the jangling guitar of “Sugar Spun Sister.” I love the line “She wakes up with the sun” and the chorus “Until the sky turns green, and the grass is several shades of blue. Every member of Parliament trips on glue” is genius. I’d like to think it’s a love song of sorts but I’m not too sure that it is.
“Made of stone,” the melodies are fantastic it’s moody and joyful in equal measures. The middle guitar section is spaced out and warps your head.
“Shoot you down,” chills things out after the sonic blast of “Made of stone.” For me, it’s not one of the strongest songs on the album and meanders a little towards the end but it’s a chill out tune.
“This is the one,” is a decent enough tune and it’s good live and builds us up for the final tune but for me personally many moons later it reminds me of Manchester United, so it’s been somewhat tarnished but I don’t want to get into football on here and music will always be more important than football because it never lets you down.
The album was produced by John Leckie.