Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Import
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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A great pop song is one you like the first time you hear it. How many still sound good 5, 25 100 listens later?
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Where have I been was never a big Oasis fan as I thought they were good but not this great..Noel and his band which combine the best of many styles are fabulous!Published 4 months ago by Stephen M. Bufferd
I originally bought his second solo album,"Chasing Yesterday" and loved it! I opted to buy this afterwards, Noel Gallagher's first solo album and was just as happy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SSLLC