I think I’m laying myself open for a bit of a pounding today.
I don’t mind some of the songs that The Stone Roses have released over the years and indeed would go as far to say that I quite like one or two. One of them, however, is not I Wanna Be Adored.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m always intrigued by its opening segment – that collage of noise, droning bass and the most precise plucking of electric guitar strings. The gradual build-up does offer some excitement that what is unfolding and slowly unpeeling itself is going to be special and unforgettable. Just a pity it gets ruined with the vocal……………
I’m not the first to ever raise an issue over the singing abilities, or otherwise, of Ian Brown; and being honest, it’s not something I’m comfortable doing as some of my favourite moments in pop music, especially those of an indie-bent, have come through with an out-of-tune or flat vocal delivery. And yes, there are other moments in the band’s canon what he does makes a wonderful and possibly perfect addition to everything else that’s going on – She Bangs The Drums and I Am The Resurrection very much spring to mind – but I just can’t think otherwise that his contribution to ‘Adored’ makes it border on the unlistenable.
As ever, feel free to disagree.
PS…..I do love this cover version (which I pinched years ago from over at Drew’s place):-