From a light, shimmering haze emerges a deep, sinister bass. A drumbeat enters and a guitar plays lightly over the top before transforming into a storming riff. It’s not until nearly two minutes in that we hear the voice of Ian Brown. The song grows throughout, with each of the elements of the band becoming louder, more passionate, more mesmerising.
She Bangs the Drums comes next, with its Smiths-like jangly guitar showing the band’s indie side. The excellent guitar and sea-shanty singing of Waterfall completes a great opening trio to the Stone Roses debut album.
Don’t Stop showcases the band’s more experimental, psychedelic character with backwards-playing guitars and unusual vocal style. This range of styles can be seen later in the album with the medieval Elizabeth and the laid back Shoot You Down.
Like it started, the album ends strongly. There’s a simple joy to This Is The One while eight minute epic I Am the Resurrection was the song that stood out most when I was lucky enough to see this legendary band play live at the start of the reunion tour in 2012.