Oasis will forever be known for their earliest work and their laddish outlook on life in the mid-nineties. Don't Believe The Truth is a million miles away from the angry, confident swagger of Definitely Maybe and the commercially successful pop-rock of Morning Glory, but it should still hold a place in every Oasis fan's music collection.
Liam has learned to write a decent tune and Noel's contributions offer a more reflective and wiser stance. Gem and Andy's songs are more reminiscent of early-Oasis than the Gallagher's efforts, but Liam's vocals define them as late-Oasis. The album represents an age group that has grown older with Oasis, one that has settled down, started families and become increasingly mellow.
Musically the songs are still classic Oasis in style, but perhaps only Let There Be Love offers the anthemic chorus most would normally associate with the band. Singles Lyla and The Importance Of Being Idle reflect how much Oasis have changed since the mid-nineties, but the catchy melody is still there and songs like Part Of The Queue and Guess God Thinks I'm Abel indicate Oasis still have a musical future.
The album is never going to make any all-time top lists, but it is one of those albums that you will put on in a couple of years time and think I cannot believe I did not listen to it more than I did. A solid 7/10.
Best Track: The importance Of Being Idle