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Noel Gallagher is a rare talent. A wizard on the guitar and a genius when it comes to songwriting the debut album from the king himself delivers in spades. Gallaghers vocals shine on tracks like 'AKA...Broken Arrow' and '(Stranded On) The Wrong Beach' but his lyricism is best praised for 'Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks'. Gallagher opens the album with a bang with 'Everybody's On The Run' and never stops with each song rising in quality. The album itself is stunning too, with a pull out lyric sheet and lots of art throughout. Well worth the purchase.
First time I heard anything from this album was when Noel did T in the Park earlier this year...can't believe I missed out on this gem of an album! I don't think it's as edgy or rocky as his Oasis stuff and I reckon it's more mellow and similar to late era Oasis...more specifically DBTT...there's pretty much no distortion on this album...but that's not to take anything away from it...it's grandeur...it's got this massive wall of sound...everything is there...Noel is a craftsman and he creates a magnificent sound here that will get you hooked...everything about this album sounds 'big' and 'epic'...I enjoyed and got addicted to this album in mid 2015...every song for me is a hit...but noteworthy songs are Everybody's On The Run, The Death of You And Me, AKA What A Life.
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).
I loved Oasis, but Noel Gallagher's solo album goes one step further into musical bliss. Noel is an extremely talented songwriter, illustrated by the fact that every single track on this album is really really good. I mean, really really good! And the arrangements are so brilliant. I know this doesn't tell you much, but honestly, I'm gobsmacked at how good this album is!!! Also, it's an incredibly upbeat album, the sort of album you would like to listen to when driving along quiet country roads with the wind blowing through your hair, thinking, and singing, Wow, what a life! My family are surprised, to say the least, at my effusive comments on this album, particularly as I am usually listening to the likes of Beethoven and Sibelius, but music is music, and I'll give anything a go as long as it's good. But Noel's album isn't just good, it's mind-blowingly brilliant, and if you haven't got it yet, you should order it pronto; you can't go through life without hearing this amazing album!!
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.
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 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!