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Second Coming

Second Coming by The Stone Roses
Released: Dec 1994
It was always going to be impossible to live up to the expectations set by their classic first album, and sure enough, after five years of waiting, this LP dropped like a lead balloon (ahem) onto the English music scene in 1995. The impeccable rhythm section is beefed up, although it's sometimes hard to appreciate when they're playing second fiddle to John Squire's endless cocaine-fueled guitar solos. The album is a grower, but anyone raised on classic rock knows where it all came from and when it was done better. Highlights include "Tears" and the gorgeous "How Do You Sleep?"
Mark Crowder