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Album Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

  • By Jimeh
  • 18 Oct 2011
  • Release Date 18 Oct 2011
Album review for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Oasis were undoubtedly one of the biggest British rock bands of the last 30 years and the Gallagher brothers are now two of the most well-known names in music. Now whether you’re a fan of Liam or Noel, it’s pretty much common knowledge that the pair have always done things differently. On one side we have Liam, the larger than life, super boisterous outspoken Oasis bashing headline generator and on the other side we have Noel, the more down to earth, laid back of the siblings.

When Oasis split back in 2009 due to Noel leaving with the quote, "with some sadness and great relief...I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer". Liam made it clear that Oasis would be carrying on without Noel. The remaining members re-named to ‘Beady Eye’ and released their debut album ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ only a year later.

So while Liam rushed to get things going, offering up some fairly decent versions of Oasis-sounding songs, Noel took the long-view approach, realising that a great album has to be nurtured, coddled and brought up right.

Some people might say that Noel held all the cards for Oasis: He was the main songwriter, writing all of the hits that gave Oasis their legendary status in the first place. Not only that but his singing voice was simply magnificent, a rich throaty delivery that could be so expressive and passionate but widely underused of the two Gallagher brothers. Then again, there would be no need for Liam if Noel just wrote and sang all the songs would there…

So it was to many fans’ delight when Noel announced he would be working on not one, but two solo albums! Even more so when early demos started to leak on the internet showcasing that Noel hadn’t lost his genius song writing touch.

After two long years it’s finally here ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’. It delivers some of the best material Noel has written since ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’ as it has everything you would come to expect from Noel; Each track is brilliantly composed with all the emotional buttons – desperation, anger, joy, melancholy and everything else included! Utilising the talents of new band mates Jeremy Stacey (drums), Lenny Castro (Percussion) and Mike Rowe (Keyboards) the manner in which they jump through so many moments of epiphany, sometimes in the space of one song, is astonishing.

Now we wouldn’t go as far to say that this album is the future of Rock ‘n’ Roll but if it wants to linger around for the next few years we certainly wouldn’t complain. With another album apparently just around the corner we here at SupaJam can only hope we’re not dreaming, and that music still has a leg to stand on in this world plagued with Teen pop, dubstep, horrible R&B collaborations, X-Factor rejects and everything in-between. ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ sets another precedent for the rest of the music scene to live up to, and if everyone was to just take one step in the same direction as Noel then maybe in twenty years’ time we can look back on the music of our generation and be proud.

9/10


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