Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Choon of the Week: The Stone Roses "What the World is Waiting For"

The Stone Roses - "What the World is Waiting For"

Writing about how good a Roses song isn't exactly predicting all star talent while it toils in the minor leagues - if you love music and have any inkling of an Anglophilic bone in you, you know that the Stone Roses started their career off with about as much bang as any artist possibly can when they released The Stone Roses, and then withered away in a mix of demasiado dope and legal wrangles with Silvertone Records, returning 5 years later with the apotheosis of a sophomore slump, The Second Coming (it's really not that bad but it just became the butt of many jokes because of the large amount of time that elapsed, the heightened expectations, that arrogant title, and for just not delivering the collection of anthems that The Stone Roses did).

"What the World..." was the AA side to "Fools Gold" (meaning not a B side but not on the album), though it sounds little like the sprawling epic groover on the A side, aside from in rhythm. Sunny, jangly guitars over the trademark Roses' funky drummer beats - this is happy, arrogant, northern (England of course) rock. Ian Brown's vocals alternating between understated, gravelly verses and a bright, energized chorus. And to spoil the big surprise of the song: according to Ian, the world is waiting to get real.

The Roses have some killer songs and this is another one that matches up against anything on the first album that happens to be tucked away on the "Fools Gold" AA side (it is also available on the b side/rarity/a couple of singles collection erroneously titled The Complete Stone Roses, which contains a horrible edit/remix of "I am the Resurrection" that uses a bar mitzvah band keyboard as the bridge back into the verse - it is so awful that it just needs to be heard to be believed). The other thing the world has been waiting for is a perfect Ipod song for indie rock strutting on your way to a job interview - sorted, mate!


At 6:46 PM, Blogger dave said...

also available on the "Very Best of the Stone Roses", which was a much better stab at a greatest hits comp., released in summer of '03. Great tune. Very Charlatans sounding.

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Phil said...

Well the "Complete Stone Roses" is not a greatest hits compilation at all - it was released before "Second Coming" and compiled a lot of the stuff they released prior to "The Stone Roses" in part to satiate all the fans dying for material during the five year hiatus. I think it's a pretty good album for what it is.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Blog World said...

A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.
Stewart Alsop- Posters.

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At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

very charlatans sounding?
the other way round dave


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