Ryan Adams Compares Oasis to Radiohead

By Peter Kimmich 2008-09-23 22:20:58
No, itís not just a name-stuffed headline.

In an interview with The Quietus Monday, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams compared the latest Oasis release, Dig Out Your Soul, to Radioheadís most experimental album, Kid A, saying the new Oasis material represents a new brand of music experimentation for the Manchester five-piece. If it is indeed so, it will be refreshing to hear the Brit-pop megabeast do something other than dry, loud, guitar riff-rock. Even if thereís no possible way they can approach Radiohead.

Quoth Adams, ďThe first time I heard Kid A I went ĎOk, I have no fucking idea what kind of music this is, but it's moving me. It sounds like a revelation. That's what the new Oasis stuff sounds like. It sounds like they have entered into some strange uncanny spiritual crazy door and have just lost themselves completely to it, and it is marvelous.Ē About front man Liam Gallagher he added, ďHe is so abstract, I can't believe how far he's come.Ē

It remains to be heard whether this glowing admiration is due to a genuine parallel to the most innovative album of one of rockís most experimental bands, or if itís just a songwriter pouring rapture into a quote. But with 2005ís Donít Believe the Truth branching out to involve songwriting and instrumentation from other band members besides Noel, itís entirely possible that the release, due out October 6, could be a new skin for the band. Itís about four albums late, but Iím definitely curious.

And enough with all this Radiohead comparison, geez.
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