Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

by Christopher Martin

Today I went and bought Noel’s solo album, came in, had a listen, and it’s musical genius from one of the greatest songwriters this country has ever produced.

The album as a whole is outstanding from start to finish. The Oasis split seems to have refreshed Gallagher, it carries a familiar sound, yet one he was unlikely to attempt with his previous band. While many of the tracks will seem familiar to Oasis die-hards, the newer tracks also delight, with “Dream On” and “Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks” showing the Ray Davies leanings to Gallagher’s songwriting in recent years. The production of Dave Sardy also carries the record along with few gaps or weak points, building on the work by the pair on the final Oasis album, “Dig Out Your Soul”. Gallagher has also rediscovered his love for strings on this album, another point that will no doubt bring joy to long-standing Oasis fans and also casual followers.

Without question this album will get to number one and could potentially be a late contender for album of the year, in my opinion. Do you guys agree?

2 Responses

  1. Think there’s obviously a bit of a bias towards Gallagher here but, in all fairness, I’ve never seen a review that doesn’t take in the authaor’s taste.
    I’ve so far only heard the single “The Death of You and Me” and I can’t say I was blown away. Far better than any of Liam’s offerings with Beady Eye however. I think Noel was always the brains behind the outfit and there’s a lot more to come from him.

  2. I’ve just done a review of this album as well (kinda wish I’d noticed you had done one already but oh well) and I also loved it, even though I’m not a huge Oasis fan. I do think it’s one of the best albums of the year as well and I hope the second one is as good.

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