Coming out of the popular Madchester scene, a scene which led to the growth of a style of music which mixed together elements of psychedelic rock, alternative rock and dance music, The Stone Roses album was based on a template of The Byrds meets rave culture, with the sound of this album an eclectic combination of 60s melodies and harmony, 80s jangly guitar and dance music. This album is arguably the best representation of Madchester as a style of music, with the individual talents of the band members and their abilities as players ensuring that the mixture of indie rock and dance worked well together. Guitarist John Squire is amazing at what he does and can change his style of playing between a more classic Hendrix rock sound to a more feel-based percussive-like playing. His jangly guitar contributes in a big way to the bands overall sound, while his use of phasing and echo helps to give a lot of the material on this album that dance-like feel. Bass player Mani has groove to burn, with his R&B and soul influences helping give the material a dance feel and an overall grove that holds everything together, while drummer Reni has an amazing feel for rhythm and timing to the point that at times his precision-like playing even sounds like a dance sample. Quite simply it is these three guys which make singer Ian Brown’s job so much easier, so much that he only really needs to serve the needs of the song without stretching too much vocally, with his backing band doing enough as it is in helping create what is almost a sonic-sphere of melody, harmony and rhythm.
The ending sequence starts with “Made of Stone”, a guitar heavy psychedelic indie swirl which features an electrifying solo from Squire and moves on to “Shoot You Down”, a slower number with a prominent bass line, bright guitar flourishes, and some of the most amazing harmony singing that sucks you in completely whilst giving a new definition to the phrase music to my ears. This then leads into the final two tracks, the jangle guitar infused “This is the One” and the epic finale “I Am the Resurrection”. “I Am the Resurrection” is the bands masterpiece and probably their most definitive musical statement, while as a track it is a perfect example of what the Madchester sound is all about stylistically. At eight minutes in length, the song starts as a straightforward indie rock song before at around the four minute mark transforming into a dance-rock track complete with a dance drum beat and funky bass riff. The rhythm section combines brilliantly with Squires infectious guitar licks to create one of the more original songs on the album and one of the best ever album outro’s in rock history. In marking a point where indie rock meets acid house, “I Am the Resurrection” is nothing short of being a truly brilliant ending to a fantastic album.