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Be Here Now (Re­mas­tered) ★★ Big Brother

This third Oasis al­bum was re­leased 19 years ago and sold close to 450,000 copies on its first day. Ar­riv­ing af­ter 1994’s de­but, Def­i­nitely Maybe, and 1995’s fol­low-up, (What’s the Story) Morn­ing Glory?, Be Here Now went on to sell more than eight mil­lion. Sadly, if there is one al­bum by a ma­jor band that buck­les un­der the weight of self-serv­ing de­struc­tive­ness, here it is. With three of its orig­i­nal dozen tracks clock­ing in at more than seven min­utes (and one, All Around the World, a vi­tal­ity-sap­ping nine min­utes-plus), the al­bum’s a mul­ti­lay­ered, quick­sand qual­ity con­sis­tently drags you un­der. If any­thing, Be Here Now placed Oasis light years away from the im­i­ta­tive en­ergy of Def­i­nitely Maybe, and no amount of re­mas­ter­ing or ad­di­tional bonus tracks in­cluded here can change that. oasis.net

If there is one al­bum by a ma­jor band that buck­les un­der the weight of self-serv­ing de­struc­tive­ness, here it is

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