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The Stone Roses - All For One (Review)

The Stone Roses, All For One

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

AS music events go, the first new music from The Stone Roses in 21 years is one of the bigger moments of the past few years.

The big question, of course, is whether this reformed Manchester outfit could recapture the iconic status of their landmark work on their eponymous debut LP, viewed by many as one of the best British albums ever made.

The answer is… not quite. But no matter, this is still a glorious return. In truth, nothing could recapture the brilliance of The Roses in their heyday, when tracks like She Bangs The Drums and Fool’s Gold captured the public’s imagination and turned them into legends.

So, best not look too far back and enjoy the fact they’re come back at all… for there’s much to celebrate, from Ian Brown’s trademark psychedelic vocals to John Squire’s blistering guitar.

The central guitar loop is instantly addictive, tapping into that trademark sound without feeling like a mere copycat, while his solo midway through is delivered with real conviction, channelling memories of Second Coming classic Drivin’ South. The chorus is catchy, too… anthemic in an old-skool Madchester kind of way.

If there are niggles, it’s that lyrically there’s not much there. The central refrain of “all for one, one for all, if we all join hands we’ll make a wall” is cheesy in the extreme, while the track itself hasn’t got much to say.

But in spite of this, it makes for something easy to latch on to and sing along with, meaning that this could well become one of the more anthemic indie-rock records of the year.

Without ever blowing you away, The Stone Roses’ comeback still manages to impress. It’s far from rusty; in fact, it’s very lively, and it’s the kind of song that keeps getting that little bit better with each listen, as you accept it on its own terms.

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