Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds : Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds : Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

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Despite a lukewarm reception to 2008’s Dig Out Your Soul, Oasis are back with their eighth studio album, boldly titled High Flying Birds. Sticking to their winning (or waning, depending on what side of the fence you’re on) formula of big verses, string-laden choruses and lyrics that don’t really make any sense, the Gallagher’s and co. still manage to tick all the right boxes.

The softer, less whiney vocals of elder sibling Noel feature heavily on the album, with Liam taking the backseat for a change. Actually, come to think of it, I can’t remember hearing Liam’s Mancunian whinge at all. Funny that.

Bad jokes aside, while Noel’s solo debut doesn’t stray too far from the Oasis recipe for success, it’s still a pretty striking record in its own right. It got to number one in the UK and Ireland, so there are obviously still enough Oasis lifers out there to make this new venture worth Noel’s time.

Noel’s always had a knack for making the average sound awesome, and that’s the case for the majority of the songs on the album. If you can imagine what a mixture of Oasis and Elbow with a dash of Kasabian would sound like, that’s pretty much Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. If you like any of those bands, you’re not going to have many problems with this record. You might spin it for a few weeks, but it probably won’t change your life. Still, at least he’s flown the nest.

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