Songs of the week: The Stone Roses, Tom Odell, Allie X and Chance The Rapper

Last time The Stone Roses returned from a lengthy hiatus, their calling card a magnificent, sprawling, multi-layered beast of a comeback single. History, alas, has not repeated itself here

 

The Stone Roses - All For One
★★

Last time The Stone Roses returned from a lengthy hiatus, their calling card was Love Spreads: a magnificent, sprawling, multi-layered beast of a comeback single. History, alas, has not repeated itself here. Practically the only advance hype the band’s Third Coming received in the press came from fellow Mancunian Noel Gallagher, who reported that the fourpiece had rediscovered its old spark in the studio. His enthusiasm for the project kind of makes sense. This is because All For One is precisely the sort of stodgy Dad rock you’d find on one of his boring solo albums. On a semi-related, 1990s-icons- revisiting-past-glories note, Trainspotting 2 just has gone into production. Truly, one shudders to think.

Tom Odell - Magnetised
★★

The lead single from Tom Odell’s Wrong Crowd album finds the intense 25-year-old Englishman driving around Southern California in a luxury sports car ruminating angrily about why beautiful girls aren’t attracted to him. Wait, is this Elliot Rodger: The Musical?

Allie X - Too Much To Dream

On the first song from her forthcoming Collxtion II album, Allie X sings of life as an amusement park, bursting with possibility.

Chance The Rapper ft Kanye West, Chicago Children’s Choir -  All We Got
★★★★

The opening track from Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book mixtape picks up exactly where he and Kanye West left off on Ultralight Beam, the superlative opening track from Kanye’s Life of Pablo album, released earlier this year. We’re talking gospel choirs, pious spirituality, the hopes and dreams of small children and the comical overuse of autotune. All the good stuff, in other words.

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