Be Here Now [CASSETTE]
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Critics went crazy over it at the time, then quickly backtracked once Britpop died along with princess Di, but actually those early 5 star reviews were pretty much spot on! There were so many great tracks that Noel had written, the B sides from this period were even better than the songs that made it on to the album - The Fame, I got (the Fever), Going Nowhere, Stay Young, Sister Lover.
If you want to hear Oasis in their prime, moments before Britpop crashed and Oasis lost their `bigger-than-Beatles' status, then this is the album to listen to, and not the much vaunted `What's the Story, Morning Glory', which has lost much of its appeal over the years due to being overplayed to death, and now sounding more dated and predictable than a karaoke jukebox. Sure, it does also contain many classis, but if you want hear pure adrenalin rock at its finest (and loudest), then `Be Here Now' is where you need to be....
Yes, the intros and outros last a minute each on most songs, the production is over blown, but just because it has fiddly guitar solos doesn't make it reason to tear it to pieces. If they had done an album identical to Morning Glory they would have been ridiculed with having no fresh ideas, (Yet the Red hot chilli peppers release album after album that sounds exactly the same and are given acclaim.) They could have gone the way of Radiohead and made two albums in a completely new direction, but then surely that's just a sly way to manouvere round the fact the pressures got to you and anyway, OK computer was whinging b******s with one good song in Karma Police. Instead Oasis didn't desert their fans, they brought the guitars out and rocked themselves to death it seems.Read more ›
However, the music industry had to knock oasis down in typical fashion after building them up, and so began the anti-beherenow backlash. Pathetic. It is a great rock and roll album that completes a great set of oasis' 3 first albums.
Buy it! you wont be dissaponted i promise.
The album is grandiose to the max and for alot of people this was a disappointment. The songs are also lengthy and heavily produced. I can understand why this would deter many a fan who are used to the punchy attitude of Definately Maybe. But on the other hand I rejoice at the majesty of it all, songs like D'Ya Know What I Mean and especially All Around The World (with it's gradual, epic build-up) sound massive. Stand By Me is another fantastic song, as is the lamenting Don't Go Away. The only poor song that I think of on here is It's Getting Better Man - it just doesn't go anywhere at all.
Be Here Now is alot different to any other album in the Oasis back catalogue and I think this is the reason why I love it so much. A one-off experiment, but a brilliant one at that.
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slowly improving with time ageing like a vintage wine,
give it another 10 years and this will be considered a classic. Read more
I've never understood why critics and some oasis fans have an ill-feeling towards this album. I listen to it regularly and the only flaw I could pick out was that the song 'Magic... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carl