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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher's High Flying BirdsAudio CD
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“My manager asked me who the High Flying Birds are. They aren’t anyone in
particular. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is me and whoever is around
at the time of whatever it is that I’m doing, a loose collective kinda
thing”.

So speaks Noel Gallagher, as he embarks on the latest step of his strange,
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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B005N0C0JQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everybody's On The Run
2. Dream On
3. If I Had A Gun...
4. The Death Of You And Me
5. (I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine
6. AKA...What A Life!
7. Soldier Boys And Jesus Freaks
8. AKA...Broken Arrow
9. (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach
10. Stop The Clocks

Editorial Reviews

2011 release, the debut solo album from the former Oasis songwriter and guitarist. .As leader of Oasis since the band's inception in 1993, Noel Gallagher was at the helm for their global success, from the launch of their first indie UK singles in 1994 to their final shows together in the summer of 2009. Over the course of their seven consecutive #1 studio albums, Oasis sold over 70 million records worldwide and charted 22 consecutive Top 10 UK hits from 1995 to 2008 (including eight #1's), creating an astounding historical record.

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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Look Back... October 20, 2011
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The much publicized break up of Oasis and subsequent fueding over the last several months have done nothing to diminish the place of the band in the hearts and minds of legions of fans. The only question was: who will make music first, and whose will be better? Was Noel really the brains behind Oasis? Was Liam just the singer of his brother's words and melodies?

Liam and the rest of the boys from Oasis were the first out of the gate with their new band Beady Eye, and I think the album "Different Gear, Still Speeding" is a fantastic offering. Full of classic rock tunes and swagger. But, it is missing something, and that something is found on "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds."

Noel has made it clear that he is a songwriter and does not want to be viewed as a guitar player or vocalist. That said, the songs are this album's strentgh. In fact, the guitar playing is beautifully understated which gives room for piano and strings.

The songs are what make this album special. The instantly recognizable melodies, song structures, and that inexplicable good feeling that comes from listening to a Noel penned tune. A good portion of this album is classic, and by that I mean no one else working in music today can write a song that feels timeless. All of Oasis' records, including the few that were sub-par, have these classic songs on them. Noel truly is the Paul McCartney of his generation.

Now, the bad news. This album is missing something vital, and that is the energy and aggression of Liam's vocals. Don't get me wrong, Noel is a competent singer, but several of these tracks beg for the younger brother's voice.

Secondly, the music is more subdued than I would have liked.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I was a huge Oasis fan from the get-go. The first time I heard "Live Forever" back in '94 or '95, I was not only hooked on that particular tune, but I felt an almost absurd level of excitement that Oasis would 'change the world', so to speak, and I could hardly wait to get my hands on the "Definitely Maybe" CD. Although I expected it would be great, "Definitely Maybe" took that a few steps further--it proved to be a monumental album that had a profound affect on me at that tender age. Oasis sounded like a sheer force of nature, and for all their admitted musical 'thievery', they still managed to sound completely fresh and distinctive with their blend of surging hard rock, psychedelia, and insanely catchy pop-rock hooks.

Over the course of their next few albums, along with their slew of fantastic non-album b-sides for which they became somewhat notorious for over time, Oasis explored different variations on their trademark epic sound, by and large to brilliant effect.

But more than that, Noel Gallagher continually revealed a penchant for not just purely acoustic driven numbers such as "Sad Song", "It's Better People", and "Angel Child", but also a relatively stripped-down balladic style where the songs had a distinct blend of melancholy and introspection, a style exemplified on songs such as "Going Nowhere" and "One Way Road". Perhaps tellingly, the official versions of all of these aforementioned songs feature Noel himself on lead vocals as opposed to his brother Liam who was always the 'main' lead vocalist for Oasis.

For me, 2000's "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants" is the last great Oasis album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Noel's Record Machine November 7, 2011
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For Americans who have not been paying attention to Noel Gallagher-related music (Oasis) since the heyday of the 1990s, now is a great time to listen again. With this album, Noel Gallagher has delivered a heartfelt, well-produced pop-rock album, packed with great melodies and interesting music. Most of the professional reviews of Noel Gallagher's first solo album spend too much time writing about the interesting backstory (and the whole Liam vs. Noel thing), which I find a bit unfortunate as it overshadows the great music here.

There's a variety of quality songs here, each reflecting Noel's melodic gifts. A few of the songs go for the epic feel of classic Oasis tunes [Everybody's on the Run,(I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine and Stop the Clocks], except with strings and choir instead of electric guitar. On paper that sounds pretty silly, but it actually works, once you get used to it. A few other songs have an interesting Kinks influence [The Death of You and Me, Dream On, Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks]. There's even a good ballad, If I Had a Gun, and a good quasi-dance tune, AKA What a Life! The music generally sounds something like a cross between The Importance of Being Idle, Falling Down and Part of the Queue from the last couple of Oasis albums. I am not a big fan of horns, but the modest use of them on this album works nicely.

Noel's voice sounds great through-out. I've always been partial to singers who actually write their own lyrics as they can often give the songs emotion and meaning that a more technically proficient singer might miss. The tone of the album is generally uplifting with a large dose of melancholy, reflecting Noel's vocal and lyrical style. The lyrics, while sometimes not Noel's strongest point, are generally good here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Noel Made The Right Move
The first three songs on this album for some reason just don't do it for me. They're not awful or anything - they just don't move me at all. I leave them out of my iPad. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Mullaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Noel Gallagher is one of the most underrated musicians in the world. This album is a beautiful masterpiece! Just as good as most Oasis albums in my opinion. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jerjer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cd for Oasis fans
Let's be honest, Noel was always more important to Oasis than Liam, even if he wasn't lead singer. Noel was responsible for the songs and sound of Oasis. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Clinton Moore
2.0 out of 5 stars you need a brother?
noel and liam

why can't make album, that people want to hear?
L like the old stuff remade once and while.
like the blur into Gorzallas
Published 2 months ago by spark
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album
I've always wanted to hear an album where Noel sings all of the songs. In my opinion, he is unquestionably a better singer than Liam. Noel also possesses the songwriting talent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by AllUpInYoGrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
Definitely one of the best singer-songwriters of the last 20 years. Great album and don't get me wrong, I LOVE OASIS, but in my opinion, NG HFB are better :)
Published 3 months ago by vinny
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Oasis...
then you'll like this, especially since Noel was the lead singer for Oasis. I like all the songs on this cd. I first saw heard this band open for Snow Patrol. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donna M
2.0 out of 5 stars Your either a Liam or a Noel fan
Per my husband, it's a matter of choice and he preferrers Liam's music over Noel's. This was a gift for him.
Published 3 months ago by Joanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl I love!
I love this record! Sounds great, no problems with it, and it got shipped in a very great and fast paced manner.
Published 7 months ago by J. Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars Bye bye Oasis
Let me preempt this by saying I am huge Oasis fan. That being said...this album rivals anything Noel and Liam ever did...this includes "What's the story morning glory?". Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Tomb
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