Single Review – The Stone Roses – Beautiful Thing

There are new lyrics for people to fill their Twitter bios and Tweets with for The Stone Roses are making music again. Never far away from causing a scene whilst saying little, the Madchester and Britpop forerunners have followed up ‘All For One’ with ‘Beautiful Thing’. It has everything you’d expect. Shuffling percussion, spaced out and anthemic lead guitars and distorted rhythm sections. There is little removed from their sound of 1989 apart from more polished production methods, but you get the feeling that is exactly what the people want. From this, there is a crucial decision for the group to make. They can either be defined wholly by one album and it’s sound or forge a defining sound once again. With lyrical queries of whether or not someone liked John Lennon, then the former might provide a more accurate description. They still sound solid, but are no longer game changing. So far the game has left them in 1989.

Owen Riddle

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