Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is an English rock band formed in 2010 as the solo moniker of former Oasis lead guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher. The band originates from Manchester and includes former Oasis session pianist Mike Rowe, drummer Jeremy Stacey of The Lemon Trees, The Zutons bassist Russell Pritchard and guitarist Tim Smith. The band also varies guests on their debut album such as the Crouch End Festival Chorus and The Wired Strings.
It is always interesting to discuss about Oasis’ split which is caused by the confrontation of Gallagher Brothers, Liam and Noel. Among the more interesting stories to emerge from Oasis’ split was Noel Gallagher’s claim that he felt musically constrained by the band. He told Mojo magazine that any suggestion of altering Oasis’ sound would apparently cause Liam Gallagher to “start slinging shit around the room”, which certainly isn’t the least plausible of scenarios. And now, Noel should prove his words with his first solo album.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, a band which is the solo project of Noel, was questioned by many people whether it could be better that Oasis. And they are trying to get people attention by releasing the self titled album.
Actually, the album first track, “Everybody’s on the Run” truly sound a bit more interesting than Oasis. It is beautifully orchestrated and features the massed voices of the Crouch End Festival Chorus. The arrangement is there to serve precisely the kind of song you would expect to turn up on a Noel Gallagher solo album. Well, Noel seems to have proved his words now. Noel sings like a desperate, impassioned soul – “Hang in there love/ you gotta hold on/ ’cause everybody’s on the run,” he pleads in the chorus – weaving melodies that swirl around one’s head but stick like glue. What a good song to introduce the album anyway.
On the second song, Noel uses horns to stunning effect, It is rock and roll! “Dream on” feels like something more aggressive because of a pounding beat underpins briskly strummed and robust-sounding acoustics. Noel, using a more mature vocal, brings a new kind of charm to the proceedings.
With piano and acoustic guitar guiding him, Noel sings his third song, “If I had a gun, I’d shoot a hole into the sun/ and love would burn this city down for you” moodily , delicately and restlessly. “If I Had A Gun” pops with electric guitars, heading right into the first chorus in which Noel intones, “‘Scuse me if I spoke too soon/ my eyes have always followed you around the room/ ’cause you’re the only God I will ever need/ I’m holding on and waiting or you to find me.”
The 4th track of this album is the hit single from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, “The Death of You and Me”. This first single from High Flying Birds is a whisper, starting with a capoed, 12-string acoustic intro figure that ushers in Noel’s sweet falsetto. The overall mood here is laid-back, ’70s-era Kinks, but it’s honest and sailing, with nothing getting in the way, as a melancholy Noel sings, not ironically, “High time, summer in the city/ kids are looking pretty/ but isn’t it a pity in the sunshine.” The beauty in these lines is how Noel personifies the words, making them his own, and in that way, because we know they’re special to him, we can relate. Even the way he draws out the word “sunshine,” making it a sneery “sunshiiiiine,” is a communal expression – whether it’s Johnny Rotten or Liam, we get it. He does it with wink, and we’re there.
The remaining tracks truly represent that this album, actually is more interesting and enjoyable than Oasis’ latter-day catalogue. This album is worth it. That’s all.
|1.||“Everybody’s on the Run”||5:30|
|3.||“If I Had a Gun…”||4:09|
|4.||“The Death of You and Me”||3:29|
|5.||“(I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine”||4:23|
|6.||“AKA… What a Life!”||4:24|
|7.||“Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks”||3:22|
|8.||“AKA… Broken Arrow”||3:35|
|9.||“(Stranded On) The Wrong Beach”||4:02|
|10.||“Stop the Clocks”||5:04|