"I don't really believe Liam is that upset all the time. You can't pretend to be a 20-year-old angry young man when you're pushing 40. Someone's pretending. But it's image and we're in showbusiness. Ninety five per cent is bullshit, the other five per cent is bullshit" - Francis Rossi
Whatever Liam Gallagher releases, as long as it is rock in essence, it will sound like Oasis and John Lennon. That’s just the way it will always be. He will always sound a bit “retro” for the Oasis of the 90s, just as Oasis sounded retro for the John Lennon/Beatles of the late 60s/early 70s. The production is better than that on Oasis’s work - less bombastic, more nuanced. In many ways it sounds like Oasis should have become had they carried on.
Come Back To Me is very much late-era Oasis. If you heard it that’s what you would say it was. Another killer hook. Gallagher really has a knack for it. Some impressive guitar too. Universal Gleam is rather mournful and sad in its delivery and vocal content. More Beatles string orchestration, he just can’t let it go. Never mind. It sounds good. I've All I Need ploughs the same furrow as the album comes to an end. By now, twelve tracks in, I have probably had my desired amount of Liam Gallagher for a while, but while there is a certain similarity to the mood of many of the tracks, it is undoubtedly a very good and enjoyable album. It will be played every now again.
** Incidentally, one of the bonus tracks, the psychedelic Doesn't Have To Be That Way is excellent.
Many have made the observation that this is by far the best post-Oasis album from either brother. They are right.
Amazingly, one-time gobby oik Liam Gallagher is now middle-aged and is duly putting out mature, middle-aged, wryly reflective albums. His musical style is now pretty much set in stone, and probably will be for many years, Van Morrison or Paul McCartney-style. You know what you are going to get from them and you now know what you're going to get from Liam - solid, muscular rock with the Oasis sound more prevalent than it is on brother Noel's output. From once being an abrasive, prickly and sometime offensive character, Gallagher now seems a somewhat wise, reliable, genuine bloke. When he was younger I though, as many did, that he was a bit of an idiot, now, however, I see to have developed a respect for him. He is now self-aware, honest and no-nonsense and his music matches that, although it does face accusations of formulaic sameiness and indeed, most of it can be musically traced back to Oasis. Not that there is too much wrong with that. If you like that sound then you will like this no matter what.
Why Me? Why Not is one of the most Oasis-Beatles-ELO type numbers, full of those sonorous strings and plaintive Lennonesque vocals about "kissing the sky" and "putting your love on the run". Nothing new to hear here, really.
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