3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Dull, rehashed nursery rhyme nonsense.,
This review is from: Different Gear, Still Speeding (Audio CD)
I waited a few months before reviewing this album. The reason being is it is always easy to get excited about a new album featuring Liam/Noel Gallagher if you are a long time Oasis fan. I remember being impressed with Dig Out Your Soul for the first few listens. Naturally, the shallowness of the music begins to reveal itself with repeated listens, and invariably ends up on the shelf never to be listened to again.
The problem with the music that Liam Gallagher and co have presented in recent years is that it dates quicker than a half price packet of strawberries. Upon hearing this album, I decided to give it at least 5 listens all the way through to make my mind up. Thereafter, I convinced myself I liked 6 of the songs, then it was down to 4 of the songs, then 2 songs, then one song...then never to be listened to again.
To recap, things start off brightly enough with a powerhouse of a rocker in Four Letter Word...sounds kind of James Bondy...there's nothing new in the track...it's the type of rocker Oasis would open albums with...only now we have Liam choking the life out of the dire lyrics...sounds impressive enough, but it is only due to the sheer volume of the track! 3/5
Millionaire - This is supposed to be a kind of bright and breezy summer
tune. It does absolutely nothing for me. Liam sings strongly
enough with parts of the song again sung on a double track
giving it a Lennon feel vocally from a track you'd hear off
Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet. 2/5
The Roller - God, this song is so uninspiring. It has been hanging around
for about 10 years. You'd think some improvements may have
been made to it. It's cliched and pedestrian. It's got that
Instant Karma piano and drum beat but I'd liken it more to
something you'd hear off Stereophonics 1/5
Beatles and Stones - This is just embarrassing. Only Liam could name-check
the Fab 4 and the Stones in a song that sounds eerily
similar to The Who's My Generation. Totally dire! 0/5
Wind Up Dream - This is another shocker. No melody whatsoever in this.
Think of it as something John Lennon might have sung
if he let Yoko Ono write the song! 0/5
Bring The Light - A bit of life. This tune is derivative of music that
came even before the 60s!! However, it sounds
impressive enough, and at least Liam was doing
something different for a change. 3/5
For Anyone - It's interesting to hear Liam singing at such a high
range on this one. Very unusual for Liam.
Reminds me of The La's. 3/5
Kill For A Dream - This is Keep the Dream Alive revisited by Andy Bell.
A total rehash. I actually thought it was decent at
first. But listening to Liam trying to make these
banal lyrics sound credible makes my stomach turn.
It sounds more like self-parody. 1/5
Standing on the Edge of the Noise - Good Lord this is dreadful. 0/5
Wigwam - I do quite like Wigwam. You can see there is a bit
of thought and development in this track. It is
unfortunately a little too long and becomes
Three Ring Circus - Probably the best song Gem does on the album. It
doesn't mean that it is very good, though. Utterly
The Beat Goes On - This is a total Lennon pastiche. But I do like this
one despite the lack of originality. It has a nice
The Morning Son - Again, the drawn out ending spoils this track. It
is very nice, and Liam generally sounds really good
on acoustic tracks when he holds back a bit, but it
goes on way too long! 3/5
Decent finish to the record, then, but all a bit too little too late...the shockingness of the lyrics throughout coupled with the fact that there is nothing original here means I had to score it down to 2/5. Like any of the final Oasis albums, Oasis die-hards can keep kidding themselves on that there is no greater band out there right now than Beady Eye, and that Liam is the best singer in the world, but everyone really needs to start accepting the truth. Liam is done as a singer and has never been a prolific songwriter. These songs have no sparkle whatsoever. I was an Oasis fan, and will always cherish the early days, but you cannot keep pretending to yourself that they are releasing anything at all interesting. I still hold out for Noel's solo album as I think it will be great...it has to be better than this tripe!!