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Editors’ Notes

While Oasis has always been ruled by the Gallagher Brothers, Liam and Noel, in recent years the band has transformed into a democracy with each band member contributing a song or two. 2008’s Dig Out Your Soul features six from Noel that range from the trademark Oasis bombast of “Waiting for the Rapture” to the bluesy kitsch of “Bag It Up” and “(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady”, while his “Soldier On” and guitarist Gem Archer’s “To Be Where There’s Life” do their best to shuttle off into psychedelia with a slight taste of Indian raga shading the Brit-Pop wallop. Liam’s Lennon-like ballad (what would an Oasis album be without some nod towards the Beatles?) “I’m Outta Time” is affecting and for pure classic Oasis, brother Noel’s “The Shock of the Lightning” and “Falling Down” come closest to their wall of sonic bliss. The entire album is produced to loud, numbing effect, the dynamics deliberately sacrificed. Oasis prefer to overwhelm the listener with wave after wave of unrelenting verve and style. 

Customer Reviews

Be Original Oasis

I used to be a big fan of Oasis when I was growing up around the mid nineties. Older people then used to complain how they were just a beatles rip off band, I always disagreed, songs like supersonic, rock n roll star and wonderwall sounded original and unique to me. It's only now in their recent albums I'm begining to notice what people used to say. It's like they are trying to write beatles songs, liam is trying to be John Lennon. It's a bit creepy, I mean why can't they be Oasis? and grow into their own unique sound instead of trying to mimic the beatles? It's really clear to me on this latest album and a few of there last ones they are trying to be the beatles instead of be Oasis. I probably won't download any of this album because there is nothing fresh, it just sounds like a rehash of things. I think part of it is they have left the fluid rythm of the beats from songs like wonder wall and supersonic. Anyway, I think the Gallaghers are tallented, they just need to stop trying to emulate the beatles and go their own way, then they would create something fresh and great like a new supersonic or wonderwall.

Classically cool.

If "Don't Believe the Truth" was Oasis's She Loves You, this is almost certainly their Sgt Pepper's. This is the first and last Beatles reference I'll use, but it's apt. The simplicity of Don't Believe the Truth couldn't have prepared anyone for this, brash, bold and huge new album from Oasis. Dig Out Your Soul is rocking, it's grooving and it's touching all at once in that wall of sound that is so classically Oasis. The album tells a story like Oasis albums of old, from the rock 'n' roll opener to the gloomy closer, each track sweeps all that lay before it. Highlights? Pretty much all of them. From the pounding opener, the boisterous The Turning, the beautiful I'm Outta Time, the groovy To Be Where There's Life and of course, The Shock of the Lightning, this is Oasis at what some would say is their very, very best. And I haven't even mentioned Falling Down yet... Overall, a fantastic album. Welcome back, Oasis. The world is a much brighter place with you around.

Dig Out Your Soul (2008)

This is certainly a good album from Oasis, and I think it's their best since Be Here Now. A different sounding album from Oasis, and it got to see that for once they have ditched the dry, retro sound of their last two albums to produce something which is more modern and fresh. More experimental with use of different tunings, sound effects and conceptual links between different songs, like Pink Floyd used to do. No matter what people say, I believe that this album is far more Oasis than any other of their latest albums. Beatles didn't do an album like this did they???? Sgt. Pepper doesn't have a Doors track on it. People are of course moaning yet again about songs being 'ripped off', and I wholeheartedly agree that 'Waiting For The Rapture' sounds far too similar to 'Five To One' by The Doors, but at the end of the day, every song is inspired a different song, and Oasis are flawed in being too lazy to ensure that it doesn't sounds too similar. They're a bit reliant on other stuff I get it, just get over it, they're still great songs, credit it to Jim Morrison do what the hell you like. This is still a great album. The album opens with an exciting thriller 'Bag It Up', which ends up in a heavy dirge of an outro. It is followed by the dreamy 'The Turning' which winds up in a 'Dear Prudence' style finger-picking, one of my favourites indeed. The sludgy Noel vocals make 'Waiting For The Rapture' into a riff-tastic track, which is certainly one of the heaviest on the album with bluesy guitar licks, like a much improved version of 'Mucky Fingers'. 'The Shock of the Lightning' is the lead single of the album, with an immediately likable hook, hits you like a ton of bricks. Apparently, 'I'm Outta Time' is the next Oasis single, and quite rightly so as it is the heart-warming 4 minutes we've been hoping to get out of Liam for some time. The John Lennon quote is somewhere after 3 minutes, YES THEY STOLE THAT TOO, BUT WHO CARES, THERE AREN'T ANY OTHER TRACKS WITH JOHN LENNON QUOTES IN THE MIDDLE ARE THERE?? '(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady' is very un-oasis indeed, very different with a heavy distortion on Noel's vocals. This semi-instrumental acoustic stomp is a musical and artistic highlight on this album. 'Falling Down' is truly great, and makes up for poorly sending away Noel's masterpiece 'Setting Sun' to The Chemical Brothers. I think of it as a cross between 'Tomorrow Never Knows' and 'D'you Know What I Mean?', or if you like, a much improved version of 'Fade In-Out'. It is followed by 'To Be Where's There's Life', where the new-found groove is most evident. It opens up with a sitar and is bound to have fans nodding away in concerts. 'Ain't Got Nothin' is the short, sharp, vitriolic Liam penned track we all heard months back on YouTube. More polished however, and considering the atmosphere of the song, I'll have to side with the demo. 'The Nature of Reality' is as heavy Oasis will get after Morning Glory, with a thumping riff bridged together by psychedelic interludes and a Helter Skelter-esque chord. 'Soldier On' is the unexpected Liam penned closer, like a softer version of 'Better Man', it has a short bulk and long outro, repeating the title over an increasingly disturbing sound effect and a Noel played Mid Tempo drumbeat. A very haunting end to an Oasis album. Enjoy this album, until 2011 (it takes 3 years for every Oasis album nowadays doesn't 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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