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A step-change from the usual Oasis sound!
on 25 May 2015
I know that so many fans are very quick to dismiss Oasis' fourth studio album, 'Standing On the Shoulder Of Giants', released at the start of the new Millennium. Whilst it is certainly true to say that it marked a big change from the band's past releases, and indeed, anything they did afterwards, I am personally able to appreciate this different sound. Although it still ranks towards the bottom of my favourite Oasis releases, it isn't a terrible record at all, and didn't deserve a lot of the negative response it received upon release.
Noel has penned some of my favourite songs of all time, and although none of them appear on here, there are a handful of very good tracks that earn 'Standing on the Shoulder Of Giants' a definite three star rating. The obvious single choice 'Go Let It Out' gave Oasis their fifth UK chart topper, and is very catchy, the dark and sinister 'Gas Panic!' probably contains the best lyrics from Noel on the album, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I regard the standout ballad 'Where Did It All Go Wrong', to be one of the best displays of Noel as a vocalist, as well as the following track, 'Sunday Morning Call', which is another gem with a nice melody. The much needed 'I Can See A Liar' is up next, and this song, written by Liam, is very upbeat, and a nice way to cool off after the other songs. The beautiful 'Roll It Over' closes things out, and is in the same vein as the legendary 'Champagne Supernova'.
This neo-psychedelia rock album is more experimental than any other Oasis release, and has a much heavier sound than it's outstanding predecessors. Although I much prefer to listen to my prized copies of 'Definitely Maybe' and '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?', this is by no means as bad as some people have stated. Oasis were experimenting with different styles when they recorded 'Standing on the Shoulder Of Giants', and hats of to them for trying out other things. Often considered the black sheep in the back catalogue, if you still share this opinion, dust it off again and listen to the songs I've highlighted, there is still some good material here. Far from great, but not bad.