Just after Liam Gallagher released his great As You Were, here comes his brother Noel with a fine one of his own – it’s almost like they’re in a rivalry. His latest with the High Flying Birds is a dazzling mess spackled together from the influences he’s been tapping since Oasis’ golden age – post-Stone Roses rave rock (“Fort Knox”), glam stomp (“Holy Mountain”), Smiths-Beatles shimmer (“Black & White Sunshine”). It wouldn’t be Noel without a little grumpy snark (the bitter space-soul of “Careful What You Wish For”). But mixed with the musical highs, that’s part of his charm.
Review: Noel Gallagher, Cantankerous Oasis Refugee, Still Has Tunes to Burn
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