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Mine's Be Here Now. I think it's a really flawed beautiful gem.
For me fade in out is arguably their best track
and don't think they ever truly recaptured the days of 'Morning Glory' and Knebworth, but 'Don't Believe The Truth' is probably the closest they came. They really should have quit in 1996, though. They had nowhere else to go after that.
still has some magic to it. If the production was better, and if every song was as good as The Girl in the Dirty Shirt, Stand By Me, Don't Go Away and All Around the World and It's Gettin' Better (Man!!), it could've been earth-shattering.
Probably one of the corniest choruses Noel Gallagher ever wrote, not to mention he was already starting to repeat himself lyrically with the 'you got a feeling lost inside' bit in the bridge. Come to think of it, the verses are a whole load of nothing too.
'Stand By Me' and 'It's Gettin' Better (Man!!)' were really the only two songs I ever gave much of a shit about, but haven't listened to them for about 4 years shy of 2 decades.
was terrible. Shit sound, shit view, 2-hr beer queues, "return" buses to the station that never materialised. An object lesson in treating your fans like shit.
Has to be Be Here Now really doesn't it. Strip out the filler (Magic Pie, Girl in the Dirty Shirt, Don't Go Away) and trim certain songs down to more realistic length (why the fuck is Gettin' Better Man 7 minutes long?) & you'd have an absolute belter of an album.
Strip out: the songs, the lyrics, the singing, the guitar playing, the drumming, the bass playing (if there is any), the production, the cover, the haircuts, the clothes, the shoes and in fact all the band members & you'd have an absolute belter of an album.
The true 'lost classic' Oasis album is the one they failed to record with Death in Vegas.
If the DiV track Scorpio Rising is anything to go by, it would have been great. Seems that the trick to making them great was letting DiV write and play all the music.
I must admit, I quite like the cover. Some talented, working-class-twat-made-good with shades on, on a summery day, standing in front of his mansion, next to his swimming pool with a car floating in it, with some beautiful, exotic trees in the background - to me that encapsulates the glory of 90s Britpop, along with the auspiciousness of New Labour (although some might disagree). I just think it's great that a group of people who came from a shithole in Manchester ended up with such a life - and the cover captures this.
and to people who weren't there. Same goes for a lot of legendary gigs I guess.
I would say Be Here Now also. I liked it at the time, I was a massive Oasis fan and lapped it up. The b-sides on the singles at the time were still pretty good also, Going Nowhere for example. The album still reminds me of happy sunny summer days, I would be more likely to dig it out than Morning Glory I reckon. After BHN, I lost interest completely, didn't even bother watching them in Reading a couple of years later.
I know it has one of this board's most critically well received tracks on it, "Gas Panic!", which is obviously a stand out, but Go Let It Out, Sunday Morning Call, and Where Did It All Go Wrong? are solid solid songs. In fact, that one-two-three of Gas Panic!, Where Did It All Go Wrong and Sunday Morning Call is very strong.
I think I really like it because it was the first album of theirs *I* bought; my Uncle bought me (What's the Story) Morning Glory? and Be Here Now.
But then... it has Little James, I Can See a Liar and Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is are particular nadirs. :/
But Little James is so bad it's infected the rest of the album for me, like one of those noxious turds that doesn't just stink out the bathroom but spreads to the rest of the house.
"gas panic", "where did it all go wrong" and "go let it out" are all absolute belters, even "roll it over" gets a pass
the less said about "little james" the better
Roll it Over, is good too. It's frustrating how they were still capable or writing great songs after WtSMG, just not great albums...
I might be the only person on the planet to say that but aside from the Lennon sample on I'm Outta Time, there's not a moment on that record that I really dislike. The opening four tunes are, in my opinion, the best four rock tunes Noel has written since Definitely Maybe, there's no try-hard-to-reach-for-the-sky singalong lad anthems, there's a dirty, groovy psychedelic blues feel to the album and, if I put it on, I always feel like listening to it as a whole.
The second half of Dig Out Your Soul sounds so half-arsed and is full of filler! Only Soldier On redeems it slightly at the end.
Listening back to it, it really holds up.
The 18 year old Oasis/Chemical Bros/DJ Shadow fan me would have wet his pants if that came out in 98.
I do agree that the second half is disappointing in comparison to the first but none of it outstays its welcome for me. I like that To Be Where There's Life acts as a comedown from Falling Down. I love that, even though it lacks melody, Ain't Got Nothing's rowdiness and shortness feel a bit like an hit and and run in that it smacks you in the face and fucks off almost immediately, and i love the downtuned guitar on Nature of Reality.
Always find it odd when Noel refers to this period as shit and devoid of inspiration considering he wrote Go Let It Out, Who Feels Love, Gas Panic, Where Did It All Go Wrong, Roll It Over and Let's All Make Believe. Don't even dislike Little James and the album cover's well good.
Decided a couple of years ago to explore their 'non-classic' stuff as I had managed to convince myself that they were due some kind of critical reappraisal. And lo and behold, while it's not a 10/10, it's a pretty decent album. The Hindu Times, Force of Nature, Stop Crying Your Heart Out, Songbird, Little By Little, She Is Love, Better Man: they all work for me. Never got round to the next two, but did get Beady Eye's first album and even that's got its moments...
I can't see any logic behind Pitchfork rating Heathen Chemistry 0.8 out of 10, since there are maybe 4 or 5 good songs on that. Deserves a 3.2 at least.
That one if it does I suppose. I hardly ever listen to them now, though, other than when one of the tracks from the first two albums pops up at random on itunes.
and put them all together, I reckon you'd have a pretty good Oasis album that sits comfortably next to the first 2.
1. D'You Know What I Mean?
2. Go Let It Out
3. Who Feels Love?
4. The Girl in the Dirty Shirt
5. Little by Little
6. Stand by Me
7. All Around the World
8. I'm Outta Time
9. Falling Down
10. Stop Crying Your Heart Out
11. Sunday Morning Call
12. Let There be Love
Yep, just listened to these tracks in order on Spotify. If this album came out instead of Be Here Now after WtSMG, I think it would've gone down in recent history as one of the best albums ever made.
but some of those songs are 7s anyway, and after ACTUALLY listening to these tracks in order, it's not the piece of earth-shattering britpop-rescuing elixir I theorised, so I don't see why the cunt not...