Here's my review--it's a great track. There's so much going on in this song that a few listens does not reveal much beyond a great hook and a powerful, driving rhythm.
I'll let you in on a little secret--the Stone Roses never put the best song on the album out first as a single.
1st album - made of stone came out before she bangs the drums
2nd album - love spreads came out before ten storey love song
That's my take on the whole thing--you're not getting the best song they have right now on purpose, so cool your boots.
The Guardian slags it off. Of course. It's got guitars on it! Do you know why people are conflicted by this song? Do you know why people are saying it's "not as good" as their old stuff? Do you know why everybody is messed up and the song doesn't cure them of all their ailments?
Well, it's because this thing has guitars on it.
I'll let you in on ANOTHER little secret--modern pop music hasn't had any fucking guitars on it since the 1990s. The guitar went and floated away into the ether, replaced by Pro Tools and boop-de-whiz sounds.
We haven't had any tremendous or transformational guitar music in ages. If this is where the Roses are, then the album they release will have enough guitars on it to blow minds and make it all worth the wait.