The Hearing Aid: Oasis Dig Out Your Soul
Author: Rema Rahman
published: 2008-09-18 02:25:31
Oasis Dig Out Your Soul
Due: October 7, 2008
Label: Big Brother Recordings
On The Road: Thanks to one drunken Canadian, a UK and New York appearance have been cancelled.
Held together by a lifetime worth of sibling rivalry and arrogant shmuckery stand the brothers Gallagher. Quite possibly the best thing to happen to England since The Beatles (who they often grossly over-channel), Oasis has never been shy about flaunting the respect and success they’ve always expected. The mid-90s rock group whined, cried and bitched their way atop the UK charts with their 1994 debut album, leading to a major US crossover when sophomore hit (What's the Story) Morning Glory? climbed to number one the following year.
Liam's self-proclaimed "untouchable" voice, followed by Noel’s lead guitar and unbeatable songwriting is Oasis’ founding fatherhood. However the band has seen several guitarists, keyboardists, and drummers go through its revolving door. Perhaps if the core of a band relies on a lead singer who refuses to do major shows such as MTV’s Unplugged at the height of it’s popularity and instead watches his brother belt through the set – while he sat in a box drinking, smoking, and openly making fun of you all – you’re patience could wear thin.
The band’s seventh studio album, which Liam openly compared to Beatles’ Revolver and the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet before the album was even completed, is the bands first since 2005’s Don’t Believe the Truth.
Though Liam immediately debunked rumors of giving away the album for free (a la Radiohead and Coldplay, whose fans he thinks “are boring and ugly and they don't look like they're having a good time"), Oasis will be giving away copies of sheet music for three as-of-yet heard tracks with the purchase of this weeks NME magazine.
Already receiving semi-steady radio play, first single, “The Shock of the Lightening,” sees the band returning to their freshman and sophomore album musical styles, and will be available for purchase September 29. With the lineup reshuffled yet again, this album sees Gem Archer and Andy Bell sharing bass, guitar and keyboard responsibilities, and Chris Sharrock on drums. With Liam recently admitting the sole purpose of his relationship to Noel is to “make music together," it’s a wonder whether the brothers can withstand an albums worth of promoting and touring.
Bag It Up
Waiting For The Rapture
The Shock Of The Lightning
I'm Outta Time
(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady
To Be Where There's Life
Ain't Got Nothin'
The Nature of Reality