Noel Gal­lagher’s High Fly­ing Birds Ed­in­burgh Play­house JJJJ

The Scotsman - - REVIEWS - JAY RICHARD­SON

EM­BRAC­ING a richer and far more in­ter­est­ing sound pal­ette than his brother Liam’s safe solo out­put, Noel Gal­lagher’s Ed­in­burgh re­turn pre­sented a com­pelling study in nudg­ing your fan­base in new, ex­per­i­men­tal di­rec­tions while at the same time treat­ing them to just enough Oa­sis ma­te­rial to keep them singing into the night. Fea­tur­ing arty French mu­si­cian Char­lotte Mar­i­on­neau on the scis­sors, and – briefly – a trio of Six­ties- style fe­male back­ing singers, High Fly­ing Birds pro­jected the col

lec­tive swag­ger of a gen­uine band rather than sim­ply be­ing Gal­lagher’s hired guns.

Sparse, panoramic opener Fort Knox es­chewed a big cho­rus for a re­lent­less wall of sound - a jug­ger­naut of dis­tor­tion kept fa­mil­iar only by Gal­lagher’s min­i­mal vo­cal. The glam stomp of Holy Moun­tain fol­lowed, re­plete with lusty horns and keen­ing f emale voices ris­ing above the front­man’s rat- a- tat de­liv­ery.

Cur­rent sin­gle Black Star Danc­ing was a del i g ht f ul d e p a r t u r e , g r o o ve - b o r n e disco as if per­formed by The Who, with bold s hades of David Bowie and even Queen. Rather more non­de­script, the brand new track Rat­tling Rose was in­tro­duced as a B- side and made lit­tle im­pact, be­fore Gal­lagher dredged up Talk Tonight from the Oa­sis cat­a­logue – sim­ple yet poignant.

The shift into mid- tempo chart top­pers was smoothly done, with the mar­tial beat pomp of The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Idle fill­ing the theatre, even if Lit­tle By Lit­tle felt a tad per­func­tory. The melodic If I Had Agun might as well be an Oa­sis track, and the short or­der ar­rival of The Master­plan, Won­der­wall and Don’t Look Back In Anger de­liv­ered the fi­nale ev­ery­one wanted to hear.

0 Gal­lagher ex­per­i­mented, but was Oa­sis enough to please fans

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