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Instrumentals, imagined soundtracks and cut and paste experimentation sets a bracing, perception-shattering course for Who Built The Moon?, the keenly anticipated, WORLD TOUR-triggering third album from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Produced by David Holmes and featuring guest appearances from Paul Weller and Johny Marr!
- Product Dimensions : 4.96 x 5.51 x 0.35 inches; 1.9 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Caroline International
- Original Release Date : 2017
- Date First Available : September 26, 2017
- Label : Caroline International
- ASIN : B075VSQKNX
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,758 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The three instrumentals, including the opener Fort Knox, certainly point in that direction. In the end, however, it is less psychedelic, and more yet another collection of solid pop rock tunes from Noel Gallagher - just this time more effort has been put into creating a variety of song and production styles. It is definitely a grower. The most expansive-sounding Gallagher effort yet. It's still very much a NG album with many 60's and 70's musical influences. Just now there's a lot of clear 80's influence..... Check out the title track or It's a Beautiful World.
Update: After listening to it for the past month or so, the album still sounds great to me, and the songs hold up quite well. Not necessarily original (this is Noel we're talking about! hehe..), but very fresh - and great melodies as always. I would only change a few things - the album seems to need just one more song for some reason! I've move the "Interlude" to before B&W Sunshine. Add a bit more edge or teeth to She Taught Me How to Fly, which is great, but still... And lessen the Alarm Clock on Fort Knox.
I loved Chasing Yesterday - and still do. But this is NG's most complete solo album.
Amazon quickly replaced that with another copy. Again side one sounded weak with very little bass response. Side two sounded great but we returned it again and decided that the CD version was a safer bet.
As far as the album itself goes, I'd give it 4 stars. An excellent selection of songs and sounds seeing Noel stretch his wings and showing he's certainly no one-trick-pony.
It's a Beautiful World, She Taught Me How To Fly, Interlude/End Credits, The Man Who Built The Moon all stand out in particular to me and greats!
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No doubt he will be criticised by many dyed-in-the-wool Oasis fans for his embrace of other styles but I think he has grown musically by "scales of dimension" in a way that totally suits my ear. What great songwriter hasn't embraced other music styles and reinvented echoes of chords and melodies.
I write this review as a self-confessed non-musician but I write also as a passionate listener of music for nearly 6 decades.
All power to your elbow, Sir, and long may you continue to grow and entertain.
The mix is trying to be kaleidoscopic and it falls flat with me. No wonder Black Star Dancing was released separately. This album would have tied it down. Whereas BSD just is what it is, this is trying to hard to do something different.
One or two tracks hint at what might have been. Prince managed to invent and change direction with bravery, but you know it's Prince because the changes never eclipsed the elements that make the artist. You can hear on tracks 9+10 the elements but listen to the mix trying to be Radiohead, Later Oasis. Track 10 is OK. But it's a poor version of a brazenly sampled 'Whatever'
'Get back on the bus (Noel) Cause on fuss, Get a grip on yourself....'
Dead in the water is an example of how Noel could have pursued the overall sound. Vocals on this track are bold, with electronics in the right place. Where did it all go wrong?
Oh yeah.... The packaging is absolutely poor. WHY ME WHY NOT is far superior in song writing, mix and vocal abilities.