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A good collection of Oasis-style singalong ditties with the overall standard matching a good Oasis album. There can't be a decent Beatles song left that NG has not filched from wholesale. His voice is not as strong nor distinctive as LG's, but it's suited to his songs here. Very likeable, which is surely the point.
Having listened to this album several times, i find it difficult to pin down whether i like it or not. There is no doubt that it is well produced and that there are no really weak or experimental tracks on the album. We hear a more mellow sounding Noel, and nearly two decades after his Britpop days have faded away, this is not unexpected. But there are moments listening to some tracks when it sounds like a paler version of something Oasis has already done eg The Death of You and Me. So on the one hand, it is not a mind-blowing 'Wow' moment sort of reaction, and yet on the other hand this is a solid body of work from a talented songwriter and performer. But i recall Noel once talking about his desire to really stretch himself and 'give it a go' when Oasis was making 'Don't Believe the Truth'. It does not immediately sound like he has followed this approach despite the obvious effort he has made in producing this polished album. Perhaps in the end, Noel without the rest of Oasis is good but lacks something, in the same way that the Beady Eye album sounded strong but just lacking the extra magic ingredient to really nail it as a classic. So it becomes a debate - 3 or 4 stars ? In the end, maybe it does not matter, but i leaned upwards more because it's the style of music i like to hear. If you like Oasis, buy this album. If you like Beady Eye, buy this album. If you like good, indie sounding music with some thought behind the song-writing, buy this album. It's a good one, all-right, but don't expect to be blown away by it. On a final note, the deluxe version has the video for The Death of You and Me - after a few viewings, and the patchy 'making of' video, it has me lost - so possibly this makes it a brilliant video! There is also the usual interview with Noel et al video for the making of the album. It's worth springing the few extra quid to get the deluxe version, if you can.
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.
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
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 always preferred Oasis to Blur and although I didn't particularly like the Gallagher brothers much, I liked their songs and thought Noel Gallagher was a classic songwriter. I thought I'd give him and his new band a try and was surprised how much I liked this first release. I'm sure that Oasis fans will too.
Good album with a unique approach proving that Noel is a very versatile artist. Not his best album in my opinion. You can tell that Noel has moved on from the 'oasis style' music from the first listen of this album.