As You Were

Australian HIFI - - ON TEST -

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.

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