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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

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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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Digital Booklet: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Digital Booklet: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B005N0C0JQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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