It’s been 21 years since we’ve had new material from the Manchester four-piece however this unintentional hiatus of sorts was broken last night with the premiere of new song, All For One. With the hype instantly building, I tuned in to Radio 1 at 19:55 giving myself five minutes to wait to hear it at 20:00. Unfortunately, I feel that I shouldn’t have bothered and it turned out to definitely not be worth the 21 year wait.
The general consensus of the everyday reviewer (the listener) is that it sounds a lot like The Seahorses and…it does. Which isn’t a bad thing by any means; it just isn’t the classic Stone Roses sound we’ve become accustomed to. The lyrics need to be questioned as well, it sounds like they got a group of 10-year-old girls to write them. “If we all join hands, we’ll make a wall”. I was expecting to hear the chorus to Ring a Ring O’ Roses at any point. Ring a Ring O’ Stone Roses if you will.
If you manage to get past the awful lyrics and the lackluster of something fresh and exciting, there are elements of the song which become really catchy. Kudos to John Squire who manages to muster some of his finest guitar riffs in the Stone Roses catalogue we’ve heard. Maybe this is why it instantly sounds like The Seahorses in the first place? But is it enough to keep me us excited for the imminent new album? In some ways, no. But I feel like I’m being a little harsh on the single and hoping it will improve the more I listen to it. Until then, I’m sticking Fools Gold and Waterfall on repeat.
Words by Robert Smith(@robertmsmith)