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(What's The Story) Morning Glory?

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Oasis Morning Glory US CD album

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This big rock candy mountain of an album justifies some if by no means all of the poses and pretentious statements made by Manchester's natural-born rock & roll deities. A dramatic attempt to rekindle the flames of the original British Invasion, Morning Glory rolls 30 years of Britpop tradition into one irresistible (if achingly self-conscious) whole. "Wonderwall" can be read as a Beatles tribute, "Don't Look Back in Anger" feels like a Mott The Hoople anthem and "She's Electric" and "Morning Glory" are chewy pop confections. --Jeff Bateman
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  • Audio CD (October 3, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002BBY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I used to hate Oasis. Back in '95, I despised them. They were posers, they were ripping off the Beatles, they were snot rock. I found a copy of "What's the Story (Morning Glory)?" in one of my friend's cars, shook my head at it and, to parrot what I thought was an utterly brain-damaged rhyme sighed, "Pretty shi**y (little kitty)."

About a month later I was hanging out watching TV at that same friend's apartment. We had the sound turned down on MTV and the closed captions were on and "Champagne Supernova" came on. I watched the lyrics ("How many special people change? How many lives are living strange?") and began to cackle. "We have to hear this crap," I said, and turned it up.

But what I heard when I cranked up the volume was not just a damn good song, but also a song I already knew from the radio, a song I'd heard and liked and was actually trying to figure out the name of. I had, without my own knowledge, become an Oasis fan. Before I left, I ended up copying the entire album.

Of course, now, nearly 10 years later, "Morning Glory" is a rightfully established classic album. Oasis went on and kind of became something else and it's too bad they couldn't sustain this level of quality and energy, but at least they produced one of those rare albums on which practically every song is a perfect, rock-radio gem. "Morning Glory" is yet another one of those I listen to for long stretches of time and put away but eventually come back to. Sometimes I only want to hear "Wonderwall," sometimes "Roll with It," sometimes "Don't Look Back" or "Cast No Shadow." Currrently, I'm re-grooving on the whole record because I recently watched the excellent Brit-pop documentary "Live Forever" and it got me back into it.

Another friend recently revisited me yesterday afternoon while I was cranking the title track and said, "Damn, remember when you used to hate these guys?" I do, but it was a long time ago.
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This is the best album Oasis have ever done. Every track is brilliant, 10/10 for each song on the album. 'Hello' opens the album perfectly, with the line 'It's good to be back' - very significant. 'Roll With It' continues the fast rock trend that we saw in 'Definitly Maybe', 'I think I've got a feeling I'm lost inside' repeated at the end is a highlight. 'Wonderwall' - there is nothing more to say, sheer brilliance. 'Don't Look Back In Anger', argubly better than the previous track, Noels voice suits it well and it remains as one of the finest Oasis tracks ever. 'Hey Now' is a flashback to the debut album, very rocky and lots of guitars. 'Some Might Say' is one of the best singles released by the band, deservidly getting to ~1 in the UK charts, this is a classic. The lyrics may not mean anything but when a song is this good, they don't need to. 'Cast No Shadow' is dedicated to Richard Ashcroft, he and Noel are the best songwriters of this generation. This is a beautiful tender ballad, just right in the middle of a full-on rock album. 'She's Electric' is a fun, happy affair. The 'Digsy's Diner' of the album, a very successful hit, everyone I know who has this album regards this as a standout track.
However, with nine previous brilliant tracks, the album reaches its peak right at the end with the final two, epic tracks. 'Morning Glory', the title track of this epic album, is a mass of guitars and heavy drums. This is pure brilliance. Again, meaningless lyrics but still a landmark song. One of the best of the 90's. And then we finish with THE best song of the 90's, brilliant lyrics, superb chords, amazing rhythm and a lead guitar solo to die for (check the live version out on 'Familiar To Millions', 'Champaigne Supernova' is the finest Oasis track, in my own view, to date. Brilliant. Long live Oasis.
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It was just one of those odd moments. A beautiful day, and I was walking down the street listening to this album for the first time on my CD player, when I heard them sing: "Another sunny afternoon / walkin' to the sound of my favorite tune..." - and, in that final multiplication of weirdness, that song, Morning Glory, did soon after become one of my favorites as I fell hard for this incredible album.

(What's the Story) Morning Glory? is an expression of raw musical talent. The songs are loud, direct and unapologetic; the lyrics are ambiguous, but sung with real feeling. The tone shifts from the sunny Hey Now! and hard-driving, almost fierce Morning Glory to the more introspective Wonderwall and Champagne Supernova, but even in its introspection, (What's the Story) is loud, direct and unapologetic. She's Electric, the only comical song (and pretty darn funny too), somehow doesn't break the mood.

Wonderwall, of course, is - Wonderwall. You could buy the album just for that song alone. When I think about it, though, I sometimes forget Wonderwall is even on here, the same way the rest of Talking Heads' Remain in Light shines seperately from Once in a Lifetime. Wonderwall in (What's the Story) is like the star on top of a Christmas Tree.

It's hard to compare Oasis with any other band from their era - at least, any other good one. Blur was more cerebral and affected, Suede was more sensual, and Morrissey's solo career was in transition. Whether or not Oasis was _better_ than any of those acts is a matter of opinion, but their broad appeal certainly doesn't make them any worse, either. Personally I think they had something many of those other acts lacked, a kind of sincerity. There's something about that old-fashioned brand of rock - songs that just wear well, that bear listening over and over, chorus after ecstatic chorus.
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