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Chas­ing Yes­ter­day ★★★

Sour Mash Records Will Noel Gal­lagher ever fully shake the past? Per­haps not, but the for­mer Oa­sis man nev­er­the­less con­tin­ues to wade fur­ther into a solo ca­reer – and cau­tious ex­per­i­men­ta­tion – with his High Fly­ing Birds. There are songs on his sec­ond al­bum that you couldn’t imag­ine hear­ing on an Oa­sis record, most no­tably the loungey jazz-flavoured The

Right Stuff and the groovy swag­ger of Bal­lad of the Mighty I. They’re sand­wiched in be­tween the an­tic­i­pated sta­dium rock an­thems such as Lock All the Doors and In the Heat of the Mo­ment, but the pen­sive strum of River­man and the psych-pop Girl

with the X-Ray Eyes keep things in­ter­est­ing. There are few sur­prises here but it’s a con­sis­tent, well-bal­anced rock al­bum, re­gard­less. noelgal­

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