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Buy it, buy it now. You will not be disappointed,
This review is from: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (Audio CD)
I always hoped Noel would bring a solo album out, although I amazed that it took 17 years for the relationship between Liam and Noel to finally break down to such an extent that the band would be no more and this album could finally come out. Well, all I can say is thank god for sibling (or should that be wibling?...) rivalry. As huge and Oasis fan as I am, I always preferred those tracks which Noel graced with his lead vocals (Don't Look Back In Anger, Masterplan and Talk Tonight to name a few of the best) and if I was being brutally honest, even such Oasis classics as Cast No Shadow, always sounded better to me once I had heard Noel sing them himself.
So, there was a great deal of expectation for this album to deliver and deliver it certainly does. Lyrically, Noel is back to his best here, each track offering very evocative imagery (Over the sunset on the horizon/Maybe you dream but it tastes like poison), (If I had a gun/I'd shoot a hole into the sun/Love will burn this city down for you). As always, Noel also manages to convey the Everyman `Us against the world' image very well (On and on we go and the rest of the world outside), (Let's run away together you and me/Together we'd be free) which is very effective and gets you on-side right from the outset of the album.
There is an undercurrent of something else on this album however and that something else is life and death. Whether it's remembering friends lost on The Wrong Beach (So long/I'll see you in the next one/Cause everybody's been and gone/There's no one here but me) or the curiously philosophical (What if I'm already dead/How would I know) on Stop The Clocks. The greatest example of this however is the sublime The Death of You and Me (I see another new day dawning/It's rising over me/My mortality/And I can feel the storm clouds/Sucking up my soul). The song has a distinct Ray Davies feel to it (and yes, maybe a touch of The Importance of Being Idle) but the jaunty, upbeat rhythm and brass section is wonderfully contrasted with the dark lyrics throughout.
The maturity on this album is no more evident than with the single AKA...What a Life, which practically has a dance beat pulsing through the song. Noel should be out of his comfort zone but it fits very, very well and sounds great. Other stands out tracks are Everybody's On The Run, If I Had A Gun, Soldier Boys and Dream On.
This album isn't perfect, there are a couple of songs that I like less than the rest, namely The Wrong Beach and Record Machine. That isn't to say they are terrible, for me they are just album tracks on an otherwise exceptional album, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
I have been waiting a long time for this album. So, was it worth the wait? Oh, yes. Buy it, buy it now, you will not be disappointed.