As You Were
The Gallagher brothers are back, but separately, with wildly different approaches. Liam’s album is full-on flashback festival-friendly with nary a surprise chord from start to finish, an Oasis soundalike either by choice or limitation. So expect bouncing moshpits for Wall of Glass and You Better Run, and lighters in the air during For What It’s Worth. A few acoustic treatments ( Paper Crown, Chinatown) bring variation, and there’s valiant work from the great Greg Kurstin who provides prime pop pumpage through production of three songs and one bonus here; elsewhere there is rather too much of the compressed lo-fi that made Oasis so unlistenable on a decent hi-fi. It succeeds largely because Liam is in full form vocally, while his songs and hooks are also strong, even with lyrics that are, as Paul Weller has controversially commented, ‘pretty pony’. Well hard.