Picks and Pans Review: Second Coming

updated 01/23/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/23/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Stone Roses

More than five years have passed since the Stone Roses bloomed with their acclaimed debut. Although nothing on Second Coming is as immediate as that album's standouts "I Wanna Be Adored" and "Fools Gold," the new CD has still been worth the wait. A potpourri of classic mop-top rock, hippy psychedelia and insistent funk still dominates, but the cross-pollinating Roses have picked up some new musical hues. "Driving South" cruises over previously untrod, tough heavy-metal terrain before detouring into some glam T. Rex-style theatrics. "Your Star Will Shine" balances understated folkie tunefulness with slightly atonal Eastern effects. Meanwhile, "Begging You" lifts some frenetic techno-rock moves from the Roses' fellow Brits Ned's Atomic Dustbin. Thanks to such heavenly moments, this Second Coming is a godsend. (Geffen)

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