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I was not sure what to expect from Noel Gallaghers first album. Since its release I have realized his first two albums were indeed meant to be something slightly different.
This record finally shows Stop the Clocks and Record Machine as album songs. Not sure about some of the others, where as The Good Rebel, Simple Game of Genius and Lord shine a light on me, and Alone on a Rope all were left off in favor of more conservative type songs.
Apart from Stop the Clocks and Live in a dream, record machine, this album is not really anything you have not heard before. I am not saying he HAD to do that album with Amphormous and Androgynous but heavens he could turn the guitars up a bit. For his second album at least he revived an old Oasis song which had guitar riffs and a bit of upbeat-ness to it but this album, its nothing really incredible, its just the same old Noel Gallagher you have heard before or Oasis.
And that is fine I guess, but it is not really an experimental album, its kind of the same thing they or Noel have been doing since that Don't Believe the truth album. Let it be said, this record is no Be Here Now or Morning Glory. Maybe it was Oasis's 97 and 2000 albums that put Noel off trying new things again after the reception it got.
But Noels songs have improved in vibe and spirit since then so...why not try new things? I certainly think Noel would of benefited from A and A's influence and pushing the limits more. But in truth this just sounds like Noel getting warmed up for something else, with the exception of 2 songs.
Perhaps Noel is not worried about being the biggest or best anymore, he was the biggest and best for a while or a few years. Time will tell whether he will try for new things eventually. There is nothing wrong with the typical Oasis sound but time moves on and you have to do something different.
Liking most of the Oasis records very much, I can't help not being totally overwhelmed by Noel Gallagher his solodebut. I know the record has been well received. I do know that the record ended up in a lot of English 'best of the year' lists.
The thing is: I do like the two singles "Aka... What a life" and "If I had a Gun" very much. But the other songs are just cool and fine, nothing more, nothing less. Afther I have listen to the record a few times during the last months I can help to notice that some of the songs sound a little bit the same and could have used a sharper edge. The feeling 'I have heard it before' came a little bit too soon. Somehow I miss his brother's vocals on the songs (whereas I miss Noel his guitarplaying and cords on the Beady Eye songs).
If you don't know what to expect then it's just a other oasis record really . don't get me wrong it's a great album but was hoping for something a little different from Noel with this album . But it is still a really solid album . good to see a final version of Stop the clocks hit an album