Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
That song really ought to get focused on in particular, because from then on, things don't really pick up at all. No other tracks carry the same strength or exitement that Everybody's On the Run did, in music or vocals. And as expected, the rest of the album becomes as boring as If I Had a Gun, The Death of You and Me and AKA... What a Life! Special recognition must be given to Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks which with it's lazy production, dull gentle indie rock backdrop and unimagintive and repetitive structure makes it not only the most boring track on the album, but quite possibly the most boring track I've heard all year! Also the synthesizer work in (I Wanna Live in a Dream In My) Record Machine gives me the opportunity to use the wird "sloppy" which I haven't done in a while.
I can't quite remeber if he referred to any songs in paricular but I have the memory of hearing Gallagher state that some of the songs for this album were written during his time touring with Oasis and this can be heard on various tracks, which largely carry a sense of familiarity with songs from the massive Don't Believe the Truth, in particular the track Dream On which is very similar to The Importance of Being Idle. But this reinforces my belief that there's nothing here that I couldn't find a better version of in Oasis' back-catologue. None of these songs carry the same sense of power or the emotional impact that Oasis managed to provide, no matter how hard Gallagher seems to try.
Overall, this album leaves me sad for the current career of who was once a legend of modern rock music. I had a feeling I'd hate this album but in slating it as I have, I just feel bad. The music is just so weak that it almost feels like it's a shame to be bullying it, but I can't not point out the sheer dullness and lack of creativity put into this album.
If I can credit this album for anything, it's that it will allow many to see how great Oasis really were.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' self titled album is out now via Sour Mash Records. Gallagher will tour the UK in February.