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  • Audio CD (17 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sour Mash/EMI
  • ASIN: B005DHC6R0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (414 customer reviews)
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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.

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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

--Fraser McAlpine

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Love the arrangements the songwriting and the whole confidence thats on display here. Its distinctly Noel but some of the songs seem great departures in his style, others have a slight Oasis feel to them. If I had a criticism its the fact Noels brought over from Oasis that horrible fat wall of sound finish to the engineering and production. This album feels like it needs much more air to breathe and its never given it properly though at least the vinyl sounds warm and easy compared to the CD which has a harshness and horrible compression.

The package is nice with a great gatefold selection of pics and a illustrated inner sleeve with lyrics. Vinyl is excellent quality and nice and silent. All in all excellent but could have been so much better with a different engineering approach.
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At last - and worth the wait. Noel Gallagher proves he's worth the accolades that are frequently thrown his way by producing this, his debut "solo" album, which is both interesting and comfortable in its content. All 10 songs are of a good quality (with perhaps "Stop The Clocks" my least favourite but it's all relative). Opening track "Everybody's on the run" sets the tone and all that follows doesn't really reduce the quality with "If I Had A Gun", "...Record machine", "AKA..What a Life!" and "Broken Arrow" all top notch songs. Think of Noels clearly solo offerings on past Oasis albums such as "Importance of Being Idle", "Sunday Morning Call" and "The Masterplan" and that's about where we are here.

All in all an excellent debut from a very assured and accomplished artist. Highly recommended.
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This is a very high quality album, every track is a killer and there is no filler. The whole album plays together as one great experience that is greater than the sum of it's parts. Noel's best album since what's the story, glad he's ditched the baggage. Nice one Noel, about time! I knew you really had a masterplan.
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I'm a little disappointed with this release...yes, there are some excellent songs here...and the album is extremely pleasant for the most part...but I just get the feeling if Noel Gallagher had let himself go a little bit, this could have been an exceptional album...I know he didn't want to alienate his followers - as if that is ever likely with Oasis diehards - with a massive departure, but we did expect a bit more...I think he has a creative album or two in him...I think you will see that with the next album...however, the same old tired guitar chords, whilst creating a pretty tune, does nothing to push forward the creative process...Noel Gallagher is a good songwriter with great song hooks, but he needs to push himself more.

Things start brightly enough with 'Everybody's on the Run'...it's attempt at being some kind of epic falls short, but is a great start to the album...follow up track 'Dream On' is the first of 3 Kinks style tracks, and is a winner for me...it doesn't take itself too seriously...it is just a great catchy song...'If I Had a Gun' sounded so much better in its stripped back form...for me, it is too middle of the road, and is basically Wonderwall played backwards! This is what I mean about the tired guitar chords...following on from this we have 'The Death of You and Me' which I think is a great single...certainly love the brass section...we reach 'Record Machine' which should never have been put on this record...along with 'Stop the Clocks', they should never have seen the light of day...these were songs written for Oasis...one is nearly 10 years old...for all that was written about 'Stop the Clocks', it is very dreary...2 new tracks should have replaced them...
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I have lived with the album for a while and happy to report I love it! Granted I'm biased to an extent because I like Noel's work as chief songwriter in Oasis, and have grown increasingly impressed with his ever maturing soulful vocals. This has come to full fruition on the album which kicks off in a very bold way with Everybody's On The Run, a tune I first heard from a sound check in 2009 and seems to have been given the treatment it deserved with an orchestra and choir (what else?), and big drums, and guitar. It's also a cool way to start an album rather than leave it until the end. I like all of the first 6 tracks best through to Aka What A Life, which has been all over the radio. Definitely one to strut your funky stuff on the dance floor. Uncle Noel would be proud! .. And then the fabled Stop The Clocks ends the album in style. I say fabled because its been around since 2001 and could have been on any of thee last 3 or 4 Oasis albums since then, and finally gets its place on here. On a nerdy note, of special interest is the production from David Sardy who I understand added some ambience to the tunes and really helps elevate a lot them to a whole new level. I believe he also had the drums re-done after Noel originally took on the reigns of production early on in the process. Finally there are other tunes worth checking out which for one reason or another didn't get on the album, but are available on either iTunes, or available as b-sides. The songs Simple Game of Genius and Let The Lord Shine A Light On Me are both amazing, and at least one of these could have easily fit somewhere. Other songs not to feature on this are Alone on a Rope (v good mid-tempo soulful tune), The Good Rebel and I'd Pick You Every Time (folky).
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