Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Stone Roses

  • The Stone Roses [Silvertone, 1989] B-
  • Second Coming [Geffen, 1995] Neither

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The Stone Roses [Silvertone, 1989]
These Britindie pheenoms are overhyped for sure, so there's a temptation to blow them off. What do they do that the Byrds and the Buffalo Springfield weren't doing better in 1967? And that a hundred Amerindie bands don't do just as well now? But they aren't all press clips--they're postmodern English, filtering folk-rock romanticism through Joy Division and Jesus and Mary Chain hyperromanticism. Though they have their moments as songwriters--"Bye Bye Badman" always stops me, and "I Want To Be Adored" sums them up--their music is about sound, fingers lingering over the strings and so forth. And in the end they're surprisingly "eclectic." Not all that good at it, but eclectic. B-

Second Coming [Geffen, 1995] Neither