There's something absolutely endearing about Liam Gallagher's world-weary croak these days: his broken tones do lend this ballad an air of authenticity, of real feeling, without it ever being merely nostalgic. 'Let There Be Love' doesn't sound like a necessary evil, designed to flog a few Christmastime records to foot the house servant bills; it really is a worthwhile release. Noel's vocal contributions are as predictably monotone as you'd expect, but Liam's presence lifts this some leagues above the regular slow-mo Oasis fare.
Of course, the lyrics are dross - a slew of say-nothings culminating in the title simply repeated 'til fade - but at least it's a single unlikely to have you changing the radio channel upon its airing. Not even Chris Moyles' rabid recommending of it can quite sour its right to exist, and to no doubt stroll into the top five only to be displaced by the festive frolics of Crazy Frog et al. If this marks the end of this year’s Don't Believe The Truth campaign, a certain Cardiff stadium show aside, then the brothers can retire to winter holiday recuperation with no little cheer.
6Mike Diver's Score