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Heathen Chemistry
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2002
Well well well. It's now been 10 years into the fray for Oasis, or 7 if you count the time since their emergence on the scene. In that time, drugs have been taken, given up, crowds have been wowed consistantly and fans have both loved and hated them in equal measure for very different reasons.
But how BORING would the nineties (and, yes, the noughties) have been without this fantastic band? From the opening bars of 'The Hindu Times', through the sing-a-longs of 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out' and 'Little By Little', to the spine-tingling final chords of 'Better Man', this album reminds us all of how precious Oasis have become.
A 'return to form', people said. Well, in my opinion they only really lost it with 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants', a scratch and sniff album which, quite frankly, smelled as bad as Liam's mac after Knebworth (I'll bet). And yes, I do include 'Be Here Now' as a bona fide classic - just listen to it again, skipping 'The Girl In The Dirty Shirt' and tell me you don't like it. Thought as much.
After the rock n roll excess of the nineties then, Oasis' fourth album proper DOES give us a cause to be jubilant in the jubilee year (there's no other reason, after all). Filled to the brim with classic Oasis tunes, it's the sign of a great album that when me and my mates had a conversation about it after seeing them at Finsbury Park twice last week, we couldn't agree on the best track. In fact, the four of us nominated FOUR different songs. And, a week later, mine's changed already from 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out' to 'Better Man'. Argh...decisions, eh?
So, from the slamming of the door at the end of 'Be Here Now' which ironically marked the end of Oasis Mark I, we have finally got off the ground with Oasis Mark II after the arrival of this album. I'll lay my money on the next Oasis album being their best - all these great rock groups like The Beatles, The Stones etc have at least two golden periods and it looks like Oasis are hitting their second one now. I for one can't wait.
Bring it on!
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on 5 June 2011
"Heathen Chemistry" is the fifth studio album by Oasis, released in 2002. Although their previous album "Standing on the Shoulder Of Giants" still made it to number one in the UK album charts, it was considered to be a big disappointment, and in my opinion the songs made you want to just give up on life. Fortunately that's not the case with "Heathen Chemistry." Instead we have something better. Much better.

One of my favourite tracks on the album is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated tracks ever created by Oasis, THE HINDU TIMES. With lyrics like "I do believe - I got flare. I got speed and I walk on air," it's easy to think that Liam Gallagher is full of hot air and thinks of himself as a God. Try not to think like that. The lyrics may sound arrogant, but this is an outstanding rock tune that's loud and vibrant. In fact I wouldn't even call them "arrogant." I would call them...what's the best word to use here?..."confident."

STOP CRYING YOUR HEART OUT was a song that was adopted by England fans after England crashed out of the 2002 World Cup at the hands of Brazil. The message in this song is that bad things in life do happen, but it's in the past, so just move on. Despite the efforts of the slow-ish tempo and the use of the piano to make it sad, the message from the lyrics makes this a brilliant upbeat song that's worth a few repeats in the CD player...or laptop...or i-pod...or whatever.

Another outstanding piece I enjoy listening to a lot is LITTLE BY LITTLE, which is sung by Noel. The song is about not always having control over things in your life, and having to make do with what you have. It's sounds bad in writing, but like STOP CRYING YOUR HEART OUT before it, LITTLE BY LITTLE does the right things in other departments and remains upbeat overall. The one instrument that makes this song work is the acoustic guitar. Although it only has a minor background role, its presence is what gives this song its uplifting feel, and takes the overall quality from "good" to "great."

The album is not perfect. Songs like FORCE OF NATURE are OK, but lack the "Wow!" factor that the likes of "Definitely Maybe's" LIVE FOREVER and "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?'s" WONDERWALL have in abundance. Meanwhile SONGBIRD (a song that was actually written by Liam instead of Noel) and A QUICK PEEP (an instrumental piece) both have plenty of potential, but are way too short. Indeed, the latter only lasts 1:17, which was highly unusual for a band that was known for making their musical artwork last too long a lot of times; especially on "Be Here Now."

Overall "Heathen Chemistry" was a step in the right direction from "Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants." Most of the tracks are very good, and as a whole the album is a lot more bright and chipper. For anyone who's never listened to this album before, I can certainly recommend giving it a try.
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on 2 July 2002
And so the Gallagher brothers return. Well they always said they would.
The end product of 2 year's graft is Heathen Chemistry, their 5th studio offering. And its not that bad.
The Hindu Times evokes memories of teenage abandon, a feeling of invincibility against everyone and everything.
Liam's 3 tracks show a huge improvement... Songbird is outstanding, though a bit too short for my liking. Born on a Different Cloud plays along well but a bit more work on the lyrical content could have made this a great song. Better Man evokes memeories of Stone Roses at Spike Island.
Hung in a Bad Place sounds as if it will go down a storm at gigs. The highlight of Noel's tracks would be stop crying your heart out, a heart wrenching song as you can get.
My only criticism is the album is a but short and could have benefited from some extra tracks ( the b-sides Noel writes usually outstrip any album track ).
All in all, a good album, look forward to the next one. Don't make us wait 2 years purleeeaseeeeeeee !!!
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on 8 July 2002
Lets get one thing straight first: Oasis is not a band who set out to push the boundaries of rock 'n' roll.
This album has an ambition that all albums should have, to make great music. And it does so in style, in flair and in honesty.
The first 3 tracks are true rock 'n' roll, and the lyrics mirror this; nothing too personal, and a hell of a lot of great riffs. 'Stop crying your heart out' is arguabley a bit too standard, as Liam comes out with the dreaded line 'hold on', however the track still mantains a simple melody and a genuine, honest, feeling in the lyrics after.
The three songs by liam, are amazingly full of emotion and dare i say it vunerability, something which oppposes his arrogant, 'I dont give one' persona.
The Album as a whole shows that Oasis are here to make tunes, and no one is better at it, so get off their back, and just enjoy some good old rock 'n' roll.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2005
I have listened to many artists. I usually criticise them. But Heathen Chemistry I thought was an excellent album. Oasis have created a superb album that is one of my favourites. With songs like " The Hindu Times", "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" and "Little by Little" this album is truly excellent and I would recommend it to any music fan. Even if your not a fan of Oasis I'd still recommend it. It's that good.
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on 29 June 2002
"Heathen Chemistry" really is a fun and snappy Oasis album, a big and brash 'up yours' CD pointed firmly at all the dull doubters and cynics who think it's still hip to point out that they sound like The Beatles.
That's exactly the point! I feel Oasis tried far too hard to sound earnest and developed on their last two studio LPs...
There's tons of tinkly toy pianos, mod organs, recycled Quo solos and riffs, sneering vocals--the whole swaggering Oasis package. It's a real crowdpleaser of an LP, especially on "Hung In A Bad Place", "Little By Little", the sweet "She Is Love" and the Squire-aping "Better Man". The two singles to date are modern classics too, AND Liam's own tunes sound fine to boot.
Not totally flawless, but definitely unbeatable Oasis.
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on 28 June 2002
Well after over two years of waiting and a lot of hype Noel and Liam return with their 5th album.All the hype this time around is well justified with Oasis producing a stunning album that could suit every taste from the rocking Hindu Times to the more ambient Stop Crying Your Heart Out to the upbeat Songbird (which shows Liam does have some songwriting talents even though it seemed he had none after the dire Little James from Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants).If you have any doubts about Oasis's quality then this will be the album to restore your faith as it goes back to the quality seen in the early Oasis releases of Definitely Maybe and (Whats The Story) Morning Glory? a high quality album that is a must for any record collection.Buy it!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2008
Heathen Chemistry is probably Oasis' worst album. But that doesn't mean it's bad.

Many tracks are very average by Oasis standard, such as All In The Mind, Force of Nature, Better Man and Hung In A Bad Place. However, saying that, personally it contains some of Oasis best tracks.

The Hindu Times is a fantastic rocker that would perfectly fit on to Definitely Maybe. Great guitar rifts and a great chorus, it is real ballsy stuff. Other highlights include Liam Gallagher's Songbird, which surprised many by being an incredibly sweet soft nice little tune - something many would not associate with rock's and hardest frontman. He also contributes with the heavily influenced Lennon song Born on A Differen Cloud - a song that shows a far cry from the average Little James he wrote a couple of years back. Little By Little is a radio friendly number with a superb shout it out chorus, but is probably so good because of Noel Gallagher's absolutely fantastic vocals.

However, the highlight of the album is Stop Crying Your Heart Out. Incredibly emotional song, it harks back to the days of Don't Look Back In Anger. It's one of those songs that is bound to bring a tear to your eye.

The rest are really just average. It's also the first album to contain Gem Archer and Andy Bell, and their songs on this (Gem's rocky Hung In A Bad Place and Andy's short instrumental A Quick Peep) are rather average, compared with their later work on future albums which are very very good. Fast forward to 2008, and it has emerged that Oasis have reinvented themselves and have stopped trying to recreate past glories, which is what this album tries to do.

But don't let that put you off. It's an average Oasis album, but compared with today's crap, it walks all over that stuff.
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on 4 October 2009
I came to this album with no preconceptions and really liked it. I definitely don't think this is a one- or two-star album. It isn't perfect but there are some absolute classics - personally I think Stop Crying Your Heart Out, Born On A Different Cloud, Hindu Times and Songbird are pretty much as good as anything they've done. It's just a shame that there are a few duffers on it that stop the whole album being a classic. By shopping around, you can get this for under a fiver and I'd say it's definitely worth it. I still think it is essential listening if you are an Oasis fan.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2004
let's get one point out the way first.oasis will never make an album as good as definatley maybe again and never sell as many copies as morning glory again.we know this and i;m sure they do as well.after the overblown be here now and the rubbish sotsog
oasis needed to win back fans with a good album.thank the lord then for heathen chemistry.the previous mentioned albums had a scattering of good tracks, be here now's d'know what i mean and
sotsog's go let it out still sound fantastic.what oasis needed to do was release an album that was consistent and had no filler.
they nearly get it right and they probably would have got five stars for this but lose out because of the rubbish hindu times (am i the only oasis fan who can't stand this tuneless racket?)
and the rubbish instrumental a quick peep.the b-side to stop crying your heart out, thankyou for the good times,written by andy bell would have been a great album closer.so here we have another oasis album that's not perfect but is at least as good as morning glory.just hurry up lad's and release something new quick!
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