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I personally believe that Noel should have gone solo a long time ago. While I think that Liam is one of the all time great front men, he long became a parody of himself. His voice is a former shadow of itself, and nowadays, he seems to be doing a stars-in-their-eyes impression of John Lennon. Badly. Why an established rock n'roll star in their own right has to do this, I don't know.
Now, down to the NGHFB's album. Noel's voice is richer and more expressive than its ever been. He's suprised me with the maturity in his lyrics - especially on tracks such as 'Soldier boys and Jesus freaks'.
AKA what a life, is up there with very best Oasis tracks, A real piece of attitude, with a pounding ryhthm. Everybodies on the run is one of the best opening tracks to an album i've heard in a long while. It really sets out Noel's intentions.
I can't say that there is a duff track on the album, although musically, I find the aforementioned 'Soldier boys and Jesus freaks' a bit drab.
It may sound a strange thing to say, but this sounds like the real Noel Gallagher - His sound not covered up by a preening, over the hill front man. And as for the below par album additions from band mates, the less said of that the better . . .
I really don't understand the critics who accuse Noel of playing it safe - would you rather have a quality bunch of songs which are similar in style to whats come before, or some prog rock opera, new ambient direction which sounds like a pile of sh*te?!He never claimed to be Thom Yorke or David Bowie.
Noel's shown the rest of the pack how's it done. Not bad for a 44 year old.
yea its Oasis like, what could you expect from someone who was the driving force behind that band...it is different enough though, what a life, well known as the single is not the only shining star on this album. Noel is a very, very good song writer...if you like good music, then give it a go and enjoy.
NGHFB debut album isn't a great departure from Noel's Oasis career however the plus for me is that all the tracks are written by Noel. The last Oasis album was half of a potentially classic album (most of the songs written by Noel) and half of a hotch-potch of different musical styles making most of those tracks pretty dull (most of the songs written by the other band members) and much like The Killers debut album, if the second half of the album had been as good as the first half, it would be appearing on Top 100 Greatest Album lists everywhere. So, while this album doesn't quite hit some of the Oasis heights, it is a more consistent album and won't have many people reaching for the fast forward button as there are no weak tracks.
This is the album that we all knew Gallagherr had in him,i can honestly say this is top notch stuff,the slower songs tend to be better,but the jauntier songs are good as well. The accompanying DVd is a revelation as well,in which Noel comes over as a person at peace with himself,he admits that he is not the best guitarist,or songwriter(of which i strongly disagree,he has written some astounding songs in the past. There are still the odd nods to the sixties,with particular references to The Kinks( even using The Crouch End Community choir) which is no bad thing. The stand out track is the written 10 years ago ,but never finished "Stop the clocks" ,magnificent!! DVD 33.45 CD 42.34
Noel may not have the same rasping vocals as his brother Liam, but he can more than hold a tune as proved on the classic `Don't Look Back In Anger'.
This is an assured debut album with his new band. `What A Life' is the pick of the bunch, but there is not a duff song here. `Everybody's On The Run' - particularly the high-pitched drone at the beginning bring tension to proceedings. The album suitably concludes with `Stop The Clock's with its short and growling guitar solo at the end. Highly recommended.
I bought this album on a bit of a whim, as I've never been a massive Oasis fan. My reasoning was that, without Liam's slightly irritating, monotonous vocals, Noel's undoubted songwriting skills would flourish. And I was right ... up to a point. This is, for the most part, a really good album and enjoyable listen. The songs are generally really good, with catchy melodies and solid production, and Noel's vocals are (dare I say it?) better than Liam's. This is a less bombastic, anthemic album than Oasis would have produced, and it's relative humility is refreshing. There are some great songs too, including the classy opening track "Everybody's on the Run", the single "AKA ... What A Life" and the somewhat Champagne Supernova-like "Stop the Clocks" that finishes the album. But therein lies my (slight) problem, because there's no getting away from it; for all it's differences, this sounds rather like the kind of album you'd expect Noel to make. A few more surprises/risks would have spiced things up a bit and, as such, it leaves me with the feeling that he'd really still rather be in Oasis. This reluctance to move too far from his musical core will, I'm sure, endear the album to Oasis-lovers - I just wonder if it could have been even better with a bit more imagination. Still, overall its a good listen and there's no doubting Noel's talent.
I bought this when it came out. It is only really this week (in 2016) that I have started to play it. Why did I just file it? I guess I was afraid of disappointment. Anyway, it is a lovely album. I agree with those who comment on the production. With a lighter touch (a la Wild Wood) this would have been a stroke of genius!
Freed from the shackles of constraint imposed by having to accommodate his brother's overbearing personality, Noel has truly returned to form with this excellent offering. Ably assisted by clearly talented fellow musicians, Mr Gallagher exceeds expectations with a beautifully crafted atmospheric collection of his work.
If this is anything to go by, I would advise anyone wavering in their indecision about whether or not to purchase this album to ignore the gainsayers and go with your gut instinct. Your money definitely won't be wasted!
Very prompt delivery. Saw him support U2, he was great live and sent for his cds. Listened to it a few times now, and love it! Always thought he was the talent in Oasis, but this defintely confirms it. Worth a listen to!
Having already purchased the Mp3 of this album and loved it, was there really a need to buy the vinyl too?
In this case, defininitley yes.the sound is much more dynamic and bass more prominent, 180g heavyweight vinyl really does make so much more of music than any digital format, although it doesn't really go portable so it's nice to have both ;) comes in a gatefold sleeve with all the lyrics and great art images too.
As this is a limited run of the vinyl I wouldn't hesitate if you are swithering, you know you'll get it in the end!