It seemed like forever since Final Straw came out, and i did think that maybe i was looking forward to Eyes Open so much that i was in danger of over-hyping it for myself. I needn't have worried.
The album is a delight from start to finish. Listening to it, one gets the feeling that all those things Gary Lightbody was looking for in Final Straw, he now has, and he's over the moon as a result. While the album may lack the immediacy, and the radio-friendliness, of Final Straw, it succeeds in being altogether more positive, more hopeful. Each song has that trademark melancholy to it, while being upbeat and joyful at the same time. Stand out tracks for me are Headlights On Dark… Read more
........is it original? Don't get me wrong, i really like the album, especially the last two tracks, Work and Best For You, but i cant get past the fact that the lead singers voice sounds incredibly like that of Starsailors singer. Morning Runner have a bit more energy about them than Starsailor, and the songs are very well crafted with a good sound, but it's proving difficult not to compare the two.
A good album, and well worth buying, but you've heard their like before.
This album might not be Oasis' finest hour. That seems to be exclusively Definitely.... or WTSMG, depending on who you ask. But, despite the fact that Heathen Chemistry was a much better album than many seem to think, this IS a return to form (excuse the cliche). Part of the Queue is a personal highlight, Lyla is as strong a single as 2005 has seen, and opening track Turn To The Sun is one of many songs on this album to showcase the songwriting talents of the rest of the band. All the songs have a quality/moment to them that appealed to this reviewer, something that not many albums this year have managed. This is the sound of an Oasis content with life, seemingly, one that doesnt have… Read more