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But in retrospect "Be Here Now" was everything Oasis was meant to be from the beginning--- totally over the top. Like others here have mentioned, the reversal of critical opinion regarding "Be Here Now" was striking. Having ignored the first two Oasis albums (which turned out to be seminal), the music press rushed to proclaim "Be Here Now" a great album upon release. But the problem was that Oasis had fulfilled their destiny in becoming drugged out, over-produced, groupie shagging rock stars. Like many bands that were huge in Britain, Americans just didn't seem to get it. There was really no where left for Oasis to go. Opinion of the album accordingly shifted.
Having watched Oasis flounder with "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" and "Heathen Chemistry," and regroup with this year's "Don't Believe the Truth," it's easier to judge "Be Here Now" in context. It's a sprawling, out of control record that has a life of its own.
I don't think any band could purposefully set out to make a record this audacious. "Be Here Now" is a product of a band that was too high and wrapped up in their own fame to believe they had limits. When you listen to it now it sounds overblown in the best way possible-- like T.Rex's "The Slider" or the "Use Your Illusion" records.Read more ›
"D'You Know What I Mean?" is an absolute monster, a swaggering psychedelic epic so huge it leaves you almost too exhausted to continue. Definitely one of the coolest album openers ever and one of my personal all-time favorite songs. But that's just the beginning.
"My Big Mouth" is the sound of 24 blazing guitar tracks all turned up to 11, with drums and vocals fighting furiously to catch up for the 5-minute running time (and it's one of the shorter tracks!). "Magic Pie" is the album's second 7-minute epic, featuring a soaring chorus, an excellent Noel Gallagher vocal performance, and a long found-sound coda. "Stand by Me" and "I Hope, I Think, I Know" are anthemic stadium rockers that keep the adrenaline level high.
From here the album dips back into '60s psychedelia for "The Girl in the Dirty Shirt" and the epic (see how that word keeps coming up?) "Fade In-Out." "Don't Go Away" finally scales back the guitar pyrotechnics for some tender acoustic plucking and a beautiful, wistful melody backed by bombastic strings and horns. The title track, "All Around the World," and "It's Gettin' Better (Man!!)" return to blisteringly loud guitars and huge, anthemic choruses. Finally, "All Around the World (Reprise)" takes us out with an orchestral restatement of the song's outro and the sound of a door closing.Read more ›
1. Do You Know What I Mean? A massive, massive song, the first new Oasis song to follow the trailblazing Morning Glory album. This song is so 1997 but still conjures up a feeling of companionship, the idea that we're all in this together. Just awesome.
2. Fade In-Out: Not everyone loves it but this song really is the missed opportunity for Oasis, their chance to truly become the Stone Roses of the nineties. But Oasis zigged when they should have zagged, going mellow when it was time to rock out. But at least we have this song. The scream three minutes into the song is one of the most exciting moments in rock and roll.
3. Don't Go Away: I'll never understand why this one didn't strike the same chord as Wonderwall. If it had gotten the airplay it deserved, this album wouldn't be considered such a flop. Beautiful with Liam's voice keeping it from being too sentimental (a problem in the last couple of Oasis albums where Noel's decided to take on more of the singing duties).
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I really like the "Morning Glory" album. It had alt rock, grunge, and pop rock so there was something for any kind of mood that you were in. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gregory Hess
N oone has to be an Oasis fan to appreciate the music. This is my fave of all theirs. The Gallagher brothers are geniuses, too bad they never got along and didn't see them still... Read morePublished 17 months ago by loosie
Following the success of Definitely Maybe and Morning Glory, Oasis were faced with the impossible task of writing a third "classic" record. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael