Britpop | Indie Rock
Britpop titan Noel Gallagher has returned with his second solo effort. The album is exactly what you’d expect it to be, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s music similar in style and heart to his Oasis days but more calm and sophisticated, a reflection of him getting older. The opening track ‘Riverman’ immediately lets you know where you stand, the opening chords sound remarkably like ‘Wonderwall’ but once the song gets into full swing you’re greeted by the pleasant surprise of a Dick Parry style saxophone solo. The album as a whole is solid and it makes for a pleasant listening experience. It’s an improvement from his debut and miles ahead of his brother Liam’s band Beady Eye.
The problem is that it sits in an uncomfortable position; it isn’t anything new or interesting enough to emerge from the shadows of the past, nor does it fully encapsulate Noel’s former glory (The closest it gets is on ‘Lock All The Doors’). Considering he’s seemingly in the news every week for criticizing a different person for making boring music, it appears to be a case of the pot calling the kettle black. It’s a must for hardcore Oasis fans and probably worth a listen for most casual fans but nothing to get excited about. ‘Chasing Yesterday’ is exactly the problem, he needs to either catch up to his fading influence or move on and instead look towards the future.