Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds [Deluxe] CD+DVD
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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds is the eponymous release from the solo project of the former Oasis legend, and the first after his acrimonious split from the aforementioned band. Working in both London and Los Angeles between 2010 and 2011, with frequent collaborator Dave Sardy serving as co-producer, Gallagher utilized the talents of now bandmates Jeremy Stacey (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion) and Mike Rowe (keyboards) for the album.
Songwriters who listen to too many records can struggle to come up with fresh ideas for their own. They're too cowed by their own taste, too aware of pantheons and precedence, and too easily influenced by old and dusty sonic blueprints.
It's hard to say whether this is a greater problem for the artist or the listener. Certainly it would be easy to provide a list of reference points for Noel Gallagher's pugnacious solo debut, some of which come from his old band - two songs reference Wonderwall. But that's missing the point.
Which is: Noel's got his confidence back. After years of watered-down Oasis albums, where anyone with a band membership and a silk scarf could throw an authentically scuffed tune into the pot, this is not a tentative recovery, nor does it bluster and huff. It rests on a bed of quiet authority, that sense of calm over turmoil, which comes from Noel's mournfully bullish voice. Or to put it another way, this is the sound of a man who no longer has to give a stuff what the rest of the band thinks.
You can divide the songs into three categories: one, the jazzy shufflers - Dream On, The Death of You and Me, Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks. Two, the Oasis throwbacks - If I Had a Gun, AKA… Broken Arrow, (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach. And three, the big rock anthems - Everybody's on the Run, (I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine, Stop the Clocks. The exception is AKA… What a Life, which takes Noel out of his traditional comfort zone and into a disco, albeit a very lean and spartan sort of disco. It suits him well, and he knows it.
Jazzy interludes aside, there's nothing particularly new here, and certainly nothing that will change anyone's mind about the music of Noel Gallagher: he's listened to a lot of records and he knows what he likes. But, finally freed of the burden of his old band, their hot streak and their lead singer, he can concentrate on making enjoyable records for other people to enjoy
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Since its release I have realized his first two albums were indeed meant to be something slightly different.
This record finally shows Stop the Clocks and Record Machine as album songs.
Not sure about some of the others, where as The Good Rebel, Simple Game of Genius and Lord shine a light on me, and Alone on a Rope all were left off in favor of more conservative type songs.
Apart from Stop the Clocks and Live in a dream, record machine, this album is not really anything you have not heard before.
I am not saying he HAD to do that album with Amphormous and Androgynous but heavens he could turn the guitars up a bit.
For his second album at least he revived an old Oasis song which had guitar riffs and a bit of upbeat-ness to it but this album, its nothing really incredible, its just the same old Noel Gallagher you have heard before or Oasis.
And that is fine I guess, but it is not really an experimental album, its kind of the same thing they or Noel have been doing since that Don't Believe the truth album. Let it be said, this record is no Be Here Now or Morning Glory.
Maybe it was Oasis's 97 and 2000 albums that put Noel off trying new things again after the reception it got.
But Noels songs have improved in vibe and spirit since then so...why not try new things?
I certainly think Noel would of benefited from A and A's influence and pushing the limits more. But in truth this just sounds like Noel getting warmed up for something else, with the exception of 2 songs.
Perhaps Noel is not worried about being the biggest or best anymore, he was the biggest and best for a while or a few years.
Time will tell whether he will try for new things eventually. There is nothing wrong with the typical Oasis sound but time moves on and you have to do something different.
This album is very good.
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