* AmericansHateTingle - As with the other Madchester artists, the band was much more popular in their native England than they were in the USA. The fact that they canceled their scheduled tour of the USA at the height of their fame didn't help at all.
* BrokenBase - Fans frequently disagree over whether ''Second Coming'' is good or not.
** AscendedMeme: This debate is even referenced in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''.
* FirstInstallmentWins - ''The Stone Roses'' is considered their MagnumOpus.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff - ''Second Coming'' was better received in the U.S. than it was in the U.K., to the point where some American fans prefer it over the debut. The bluesy riffs might have fit better into the {{Grunge}} scene than the jangly guitars of the first album did.
* ItGetsBetter - The main criticism of "Breaking Into Heaven" is the long 4-minute intro.
* ReplacementScrappy - Aziz Ibrahim and Robbie Maddix.
* SophomoreSlump - ''Second Coming''. Still lots of debates over its actual quality, but its commercial slump can't be denied.
* VindicatedByHistory - While the band was pretty popular at the time, their first album received some negative reviews by the press. Infamously, music magazine ''NME'' originally gave the album a 5 out of 10 rating, but in recent years has claimed that it's one of the best albums of all time.