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As the more experimental brother in Oasis, Noel Gallagher is now exploring exciting new avenues with High Flying Birds, a band as flexible as whatever a track calls for. Brass, strings, Mellotron, a choir; whatever it takes is brought to sonic perfection by Gallagher’s longtime producer Dave Sardy, who nudged Gallagher to take his demos to a real Los Angeles studio. Traces of The Kinks can be heard in the ramshackle “The Death of You and Me,” “Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks,” and “Dream On,” which revisits Ray Davies’ “Sunny Afternoon” and “Dead End Street.” There’s a grand scope to tunes like “(I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine” and “Everybody’s on the Run.” Where Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye stuck to Lennon-centric guitar-based rock, Noel’s insights are gentler, lusher, and completely satisfying, as the hooks of “AKA . . . What a Life!” and “If I Had a Gun . . .” make abundantly clear. The deluxe edition includes the deliciously dreamy “Let the Lord Shine a Light on Me,” the driving “The Good Rebel,” and the essential “A Simple Game of Genius,” which ranks among his best tunes.

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Hugely better than brother Liam's Beady Eye

After several similar artists, including brother Liam's new band Beady Eye and the clueless Kasabian, tried harvesting the magic that Oasis mustered in their heyday, it is satisfying that the elder Noel made something satisfying with his resurgent High Flying Birds LP. Where Beady Eye's ineffective song-writing and Kasabian's desperate mix of disparate sounds failed them, High Flying Birds gets your attention with simply clever songwriting and honest musicianship. An airtight album from brother Gallagher to be enjoyed at any altitude.

Great solo effort

Great album through and through. Better than Oasis? No, but some of these tracks are brilliant in their own right. It's mostly acoustic, so it's fair to compare recent efforts like The Importance of Being Idle. It does not match older tracks like Whatever or Masterplan, but it does get close. Good job Noel...looking forward to tomorrow night in Toronto!!!


Let the music speak... listen to this new Noel album with an open mind, it's pure rock genius. The few words to say about this album will describe my feelings : great, masterpiece, lesson of songwriting, modern yet classic sound, catchy melodies, musicianship, this is the best thing to come out since a LONG time in the Rock planet, seriously, better than all the latest U2, Coldplay, Radiohead, name them.... All you that hated Oasis, give it a try, Noel deserve big respect for this album. 5/5, I hope it get a lot of good press / sales, it's just so good, I can't stop listening to it... Wow!!!


Formed: 2010 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Having left Oasis the previous year after a typically turbulent, backstage row with brother Liam at Manchester's Heaton Park, the eldest Gallagher sibling's first official foray into a "solo" career took off in 2010 with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, featuring the talents of Gallagher, former Oasis keyboard player Mike Rowe, Lemon Trees drummer Jeremy Stacey, and percussionist Lenny Castro. Cut from the same arena-sized, melodic Brit-pop cloth as the band he helped bring to prominence in the...
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2011

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