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Better Than I Expected, But Still Not A Great Album
on 15 March 2011
I was once one of the biggest Oasis fans on the planet. I adored the first three albums, and the fifth album (Heathen Chemistry) also holds some great memories for me. However, after that I felt they lost something, and the final two albums were uninspired, lazy, and just plain boring. In terms of musicianship, this was probably the era in which they possessed the most talent, with Gem Archer and Andy Bell in the band. Despite some tight playing, strong production, and decent-ish songs, the records just left me feeling cold. A band that once had so much swagger, raw attitude, and just genuinely brilliant songs, had run out of steam and were simply going through the motions.
When Liam announced that he and the majority of the late band members were going out on their own straight away, part of me thought okay, this could be interesting. Another part if me thought, right, more of the same then. And when Liam came out with his predictable "we're the best band in the world at them moment, no doubt about it" rubbish, I virtually lost all hope. Hearing the first single did little to reignite my interest. It isn't bad, but it just sounds like Liam trying really hard to sound like he isn't trying really hard to play straight-up rock 'n' roll.... if that makes sense.
Still, I had to give the album a chance, and I'm glad I did. Yes, at times he appears to cringingly rip-off the likes of The Who and John Lennon, but not all the time. Some of the songs have far more freshness and bite than anything released by Oasis in the last 6 years, and the musicianship, as expected, is fantastic.
Those who enjoyed Oasis' later material will love this record, and younger listeners who perhaps aren't blinded by the nostalgia of the Gallagher brothers' former brilliance will also probably accept DG,SS as the enjoyable rock album that it is.
As I said previously, I expected Liam to fail to back up his self-generated ego and deliver an uninspired, dull, derivative record. I am delighted that what he has actually come up with is a gutsy and fun album.
However, for me it's got three stars written all over it. Why? Quite simply, although it is solid, it does not have one 'wow' moment, and as a whole, bears no real incentive for me to ever run to the CD shelves, pluck it out, and stick it on. Beady Eye have promise. But sadly, I will probably not play the album again until the weeks leading up to an inevitable second LP, which of course, I will await with interest.