The Stone Roses truly return to form with ‘Beautiful Thing’
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The Stone Roses have returned with the amazing new track ‘Beautiful Thing’ – their second single from their upcoming comeback

The track dropped at midnight last night, after its details were spotted on the website of music copyright site PPL a couple of days ago.

Speculation among fans was high, and their desire for a ‘classic’ sounding Stone Roses track seems to have been satiated.

Clocking in at a somewhat radio unfriendly seven-minutes (famously the Stone Roses’ biggest hit ‘Fool’s Gold’ ran for a similar length), ‘Beautiful Thing’ harks back to the kind of sounds heard on their seminal 1989 debut album.

It begins with a washy soundscape – seemingly a section of the song played in reverse – before those typically Madchester drums from Reni kick in.

John Squire’s guitar wah-wahs triumphantly under Ian Brown’s trademark vocal (half falling out of tune, half floating along on a bed of cloud), and the whole thing sounds like it could’ve been plucked from the cutting room floor of any early-90s studio in Manchester. In the best possible way.

The track follows the release of last month’s ‘All For One‘, the band’s first piece of new music in over 20 years, and seems to have been received a whole lot better than that first new cut.

While it was undoubtedly thrilling to see a return from the band, we noted that they seemed to ‘play it safe’, writing a song for the ‘sun-drenched, beer-soaked summer festival love-in’; a kind of song that would never have made it to release in their heyday.

But ‘Beautiful Thing’ sees the band back to the form we all expected, and we can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us come their massive Etihad Stadium and T in the Park shows in July.

No word yet on when we might see a new album, but Ian Brown told the NME – ahead of the release of ‘All For One’ – that new material was sounding “glorious”.

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