Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

It’s been just over two years since the controversial split of Oasis, a band that defined a generation of music. Songwriter Noel Gallagher couldn’t work a day longer with his younger brother and band frontman, Liam Gallagher, leaving the band minutes before a festival appearance. Now Noel’s released his first solo album, under the moniker ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’, a name he got from a Jefferson Airplane song, and Liam continued with the Oasis members and created Beady Eye.Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds kicks off with “Everybody’s On The Run”, which has such a catchy hook that grabs onto the ear. The vocals are raw and honest with lyrics to match – a theme that continues throughout the rest of the album, but what else can you expect from the man who brought you “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back In Anger”?However, Noel Gallagher doesn’t just stick to his usual style, he shows off what else he can do without the help of Oasis. This comes in the form of the album’s second single “AKA… What a Life!” (the AKA is there because he originally named it “Ride the Tiger”). “AKA… What a Life!” bangs with a dance beat as Noel sings of the ambiguity of life and how best to approach it. The versatility of Noel’s talent shines through each of the ten tracks on the 40 minute album through the rocking guitar solos, anthem-esque violins and loud brass scores. It seems to reflect on Oasis and Noel’s relationship with Liam; Beady Eye produced an album with a good response however the reaction received by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds has proven Noel’s status as the backbone of Oasis. “(I Wanna Live In a Dream In My) Record Machine” and “Stop the Clocks” are not new to all listeners as they were both written and recorded as demos before the Oasis split in 2009. These were almost released a number of times on Oasis records and have finally made Noel’s cut. A good choice too, as “Stop the Clocks” is one of the highlights of the album, but the top song goes to “If I Had a Gun”. Starting off as a slow and emotional lament to a lover, it turns into a catchy melody with a relaxing beat.You can’t go past the violins and vocal range that make one man’s voice sound like a choir, the same man that spent 18 years writing for a band that influenced a generation and has definitely still got it in him. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is a perfectly rounded album. Liam Gallagher must be kicking himself. by Olivia Whyte 

November 1st 2011
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