Oasis second single from their forthcoming LP "Heathen Chemistry" is a true gem. While the first single, "The Hindu Times", was a great pure rock track, Oasis have followed it just two months later with a classic, anthemic ballad reminiscent of their "Morning Glory" days. "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" is one of Noel Gallagher's greatest ballads. Filled with a haunting piano melody, a soaring string section, and a chorus that you just can't get out of your head, this is a fine piece of work by the elder Gallagher. The lyric, "Take what you need and be on your way, and stop cying your heart out" sums up the positive message this song is trying to convey. Overall, the song is brilliantly effective, despite its sounding similar to 1994's "Slide Away".
The b-side "Thank You For The Good Times", written by bassist Andy Bell, is a catchy tune worthy of album status. Unfortunately, however, the second b-side, "Shout It Out Loud", is not one of Noel's best compostions. Although it does have some profound lyrics, the tune itself isn't very melodic and never seems to go anywhere. Then again, maybe I just expect too much from The Chief. After all, every song he writes can't have both great lyrics AND a catchy melody.
Overall, this single should be a chart topper if "Wonderwall" and "Don't Look Back In Anger" are any indication of how well-received Oasis ballads are. This one's a classic, plain and simple.