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Editors’ Notes

It was impossible for Oasis to exceed the rock’n’roll heroics of their sophomore album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory, but that didn’t stop them from trying with 1997’s Be Here Now. The album finds Noel Gallagher desperately attempting to write his own “Hey Jude” in the form of several extended anthems —“D’You Know What I Mean?”, “All Around the World”, and “Magic Pie”. Weighed with guitar overdubs, banner-waving choruses, and multi-part song structures, those songs and others on Be Here Now nearly collapse under their own sense of self-importance. In his obsession with making every aspect of Oasis bigger and bigger, Noel was in danger of letting go of the sneering punk recklessness that had made the band such a success to begin with. Yet, listening back to Be Here Now ten years after its release, one can find great songs lurking behind the bombast. “The Girl in the Dirty Shirt” swirls into an easygoing psychedelic groove, while “My Big Mouth” and “I Hope, I Think, I Know” feature electric vocals from Liam Gallagher that recapture some of the spit and fire of Definitely Maybe.

Customer Reviews

The 90's in One Album

Be Here Now was released at the height of the Oasis fever that swept through my and so many others' lives in the 1990s. It's timing, however, couldn't have been worse as it was released literally days before Princess Diana died. One day we were all celebrating with Liam and Noel, the next we were all in mourning and we may as well have been mourning the end of cool Britannia as well. Things carried on ok for a couple of years but, by 2000 it was all over and these islands had slowed to (almost) a halt. Be Here Now recieved two sets of early reviews, initially very positive and, after the Diana tragedy, very poor ones. After time, I think that most people have come to agree that this is a very strong album, in fact, in my opinion, it stands up against Definitely Maybe and WTSMG as one of the best albums of the 90s. The competition is strong though and living up to the first two Oasis albums was never going to be easy. Get this album if you don't already have it. Listen to it in a new era, make up your own mind. In my mind, this is a great album that symbolises all that was great in the 1990s.

This Rocks

Just listened to this album for the first time in years - it really rocks, layers of guitars and cracking vocals from Liam - turn it up loud - the perfect antidote to Coldplay


This is probably the most under-rated album by Oasis. Although the british public and Noel Gallagher completely disowned it, Liam Gallagher was standing up and saying that it's got some pretty good tunes, and he's right. D'You Know What I Mean is a superb opener and Stand By Me and a great track 04, but by far the best song is All Around The World. I could listen to it all day. You don't like it? Turn it up. Still don't like it? Then your not an Oasis fan.


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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