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Album Review

If Definitely Maybe was an unintentional concept album about wanting to be a rock & roll star, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? is what happens after the dreams come true. Oasis turns in a relatively introspective second record, filled with big, gorgeous ballads instead of ripping rockers. Unlike Definitely Maybe, the production on Morning Glory is varied enough to handle the range in emotions; instead of drowning everything with amplifiers turned up to 12, there are strings, keyboards, and harmonicas. This expanded production helps give Noel Gallagher's sweeping melodies an emotional resonance that he occasionally can't convey lyrically. However, that is far from a fatal flaw; Gallagher's lyrics work best in fragments, where the images catch in your mind and grow, thanks to the music. Gallagher may be guilty of some borrowing, or even plagiarism, but he uses the familiar riffs as building blocks. This is where his genius lies: He's a thief and doesn't have many original thoughts, but as a pop/rock melodicist he's pretty much without peer. Likewise, as musicians, Oasis are hardly innovators, yet they have a majestic grandeur in their sound that makes ballads like "Wonderwall" or rockers like "Some Might Say" positively transcendent. Alan White does add authority to the rhythm section, but the most noticeable change is in Liam Gallagher. His voice sneered throughout Definitely Maybe, but on Morning Glory his singing has become more textured and skillful. He gives the lyric in the raging title track a hint of regret, is sympathetic on "Wonderwall," defiant on "Some Might Say," and humorous on "She's Electric," a bawdy rewrite of "Digsy's Diner." It might not have the immediate impact of Definitely Maybe, but Morning Glory is just as exciting and compulsively listenable.

Customer Reviews

Best Album Ever!

I think this is the best album ever with brilliant tracks such as Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger, Some Might Say, Morning Glory and Champagne Supernova. My personal favourite Oasis song is Cast Now Shadow which is also another brilliant track of this wonderful album. Hello 9/10 Roll With It 9/10 Wonderwall 10/10 Don't Look Back In Anger 10/10 Hey Now! 9/10 Untitled Some Might Say 10/10 Cast No Shadow 10/10 She's Electric 9/10 Morning Glory 10/10 Untitled Champagne Supernova 10/10 This is a classic album! 10/10


This is probably one of the best albums of all time. So many standout tracks- some absolute standouts for me are Champagne Supernova and Some Might Say. Liam's vocals are amazing and there the instrumentals are always perfect. For me, this album brings back so many memories of my childhood since my parents used to always play Oasis around the house. Just an amazing album, even today it hasn't dated it is still an absolute classic!!


Oasis is one of the greatest bands ever and this album does nothing but prove it


Formed: 1993 in Manchester, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Oasis shot from obscurity to stardom in 1994, becoming one of Britain's most popular and critically acclaimed bands of the decade in the process. Along with Blur and Suede, they were responsible for returning British guitar pop to the top of the charts. Led by guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher, the Manchester quintet adopted the rough, thuggish image of the Stones and the Who, crossed it with "Beatlesque" melodies and hooks, injected distinctly British lyrical themes and song structures like the...
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