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Despite the tone of what I'm about to say, this is very good...
on 16 November 2007
The quote mostly associated with this album by the music press was something like 'widely regarded as a return to form'. And yet, as a massive Oasis fan, I can't help but feel this album was a couple of decisions away from being a real classic. Or rather, there are a handful of songs on this album that are inches from being a return to form. And the reason I would argue that, is that in reality the combination that made Oasis one of the greatest bands in the history of British music was Liam Gallagher singing Noel Gallagher's songs. And there is a reason for that - both Gallagher brothers are brilliant, and are amongst the greatest ever in their chosen discipline.
Now no one can argue that the introduction to Oasis albums of songs written by Liam, Gem Archer and Andy Bell has meant that the songs Noel has contributed to an album are of a higher quality. He explained why this had happened himself - he simply had more time to work on the songs. The problem then, is not with songs being contributed by others, but with Noel's songs being sung, almost solely, by Noel. I would suggest that the only song on this album that it was necessary for Noel to sing is the great single The Importance of Being Idle, which with it's Kinks-esque chorus and lovely lyric is an Oasis classic. It also, of course, had a brilliant video (starring Rhys Ifans). Let There Be Love sends shivers down my spine throughout, especially when Noel comes in in the Middle 8. And Lyla, in some ways, was probably the best single since Morning Glory. But the chance to make Mucky Fingers one of the best Oasis songs of all time was there, but without Liam's growling vocals it becomes merely very good. Part of the Queue is a difficult one, but I can't help but think - if in doubt, let Liam do it. I'm certain that if either of those had been sung by the younger Gallagher, it would have been a single and a hit.
So what am I saying about the album - it is a return to form. The songs are great - particularly those written by Gallagher Snr. Particularly the singles. And yet, there is a feeling that we were inches from someone saying 'this is as good as Morning Glory'. Which is something that a lot of fans have been hoping for for a long time.