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Don't Believe the Truth
Don't Believe the Truth
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A genuine return to form, 22 Mar 2006
This review is from: Don't Believe the Truth (Audio CD)
This is a terrific return to form for Oasis, as the tracks here bristle with self-confidence and energy.
Much has been made of the shared songwriting, as Liam, Gem and Andy Bell chip in with some fine songs.
But Noel is really the star of the show. 'The Importance...Idle' is as good as anything he's ever written, and 'Mucky Fingers' & 'Part Of The Queue' find him stretching his wings into different styles.
Unlike the hideously underproduced 'Heathen Chemistry', 'Don't Believe..' sounds as strong as the songs. Producer Dave Sardy has done a great job in relighting the creative fire under Oasis.
A tremendous effort, with not a dud track on the disk. Highly recommended.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Simian crossed with Tangerine Dream, 12 Oct 2004
This review is from: Folly (Audio CD)
Good psychadelic stuff, this. Swirling harmonies and organ sounds remind me of Simian's early stuff. 'Come In Out Of The Rain' is the standout track, and is the more traditionally structured of the lot. It features some great guitar work, and boasts a great anthemic chorus. Plenty of potential for Engineers to work on, then, and if they've another five or six tracks that match 'Come In...' their debut proper is going to be special indeed.

Human Conditions
Human Conditions
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet return to form, 23 Oct 2002
This review is from: Human Conditions (Audio CD)
First off: this LP is a real return to form after the AOR disappointment of Ashcroft`s first solo album `Alone With Everybody`.
All the Ashcroft trademarks are here; the soaring strings, the tackling of big issues, and THAT voice. For Ashcroft here sings with an unusual subtlety at times, giving the album a real diversity.
The songwriting is of his usual high standard; `Buy It In Bottles` recalls `The Drugs Don`t Work`, and first single `Check The Meaning` is as copper-polished grandiose as ever.
What `Alone With Everybody` really lacked, however, was a moment of true inspiration- a `Bittersweet Symphony` to shove it from good to great, from AOR to essential.
Enter Beach Boys chief Brian Wilson providing drenched backing vocals on this album`s final track `Nature Is The Law`.
Maybe not hitting the golden bullseye of The Verve`s `Urban Hymns` (what, to be fair, does?), `Human Condition` is magnificent nonetheless; a soaring, ambitious effort that canonises Ashcroft as one of Britain`s premier league rock musicians.

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