When I first heard Lyla (I managed to catch the video exclusive on channel 4 a few months ago), I wasn't overly impressed. Maybe my expectations for Oasis to re-produce some of the material from WTS Morning Glory and Definitely Maybe were a bit high but I was pretty disappointed at how the hype built up for their brand new single of 2005 turned out to be for very little.
However, when I got the pre-release copy of Don't Believe The Truth, I listened to Lyla again and now I love it. It's by far the best song on the new album ('Keep The Dream Alive' and 'A Bell Will Ring' are pretty good too) and since then I have been unable to get that chorus out of my head - it's so damn catchy! It's definitely Oasis' biggest hit since Little By Little from their last album, Heathen Chemistry.
Musically it may not compare to some of their classics, such as Don't Look Back In Anger or Live Forever. Quite honestly the guitar solo isn't a patch on any of Noel's earlier ones. However the main riff which also grows on you is a simple variation of G and A chords, which goes to show how Noel and the boys can still create great music from 2 chords and the return of Noel's over-reverbed Les Paul guitar. Liam also does a great job on the vocals with Gem Archer and Andy Bell making a fine performance with rhythm guitar and bass.
So, all in all a great song. Truly a fantastic return to form for Oasis in nearly 3 years since their last album. My advice...sit back and let it grow on you!