Review #51: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday

Artist – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Album – Chasing Yesterday (2015)

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are a UK based rock band. Noel Gallagher began his music career roadying for local bands, particularly the Inspiral Carpets. He then went onto to form the gigantic success that is Oasis, with his brother Liam. Liam and Noel became infamous for their arguments over the years and in 2009 Noel decided to leave the band. Shortly after, he formed the High Flying Birds and released their first album in 2011. This album was a great success, so now Noel follows it up with ‘Chasing Yesterday’.

I don’t think many argue who was the true talent behind Oasis, but with the comparison of Liam’s band ‘Beady Eye’ and Noel’s band we have a clear answer. As with the previous album, Noel brings over the singer-songwriter talent which made many Oasis songs catchy and immediate classics. However to part himself from Oasis, Noel has certainly stretched the stylistic barriers genre wise and instrumentally. The parts that struck me were the sudden instrumental break towards the end of songs such as ‘Riverman’. These particular section wouldn’t go a miss in a Miles Davies or Charlie Parker album (I use these examples very lightly), due to the exceptional saxophone work and sense of experimentation. Noel’s solos also stood out for me. ‘The Girl With The X-Ray Eyes’ creates a sort of Graham Coxon experimental tone … which is okay now Noel and Blur are friends, and ‘Lock All The Doors’ simply has that cool distorted solo style which you automatically want to learn.

Overall this album is brilliant. To reiterate, Noel blatantly had the songwriting talent of Oasis … Liam simply had the attitude, and this has shown in his solo career. I wouldn’t be annoyed if Oasis got back together, but whilst Noel is writing interesting and enjoyable stuff, then i wouldn’t rush anything.


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