Oasis' latest does enough
By Ed De La Garza
The Daily Cougar
There are moments in Heathen Chemistry
where Oasis sounds like it's about to return to the days of old when Noel
care about being labeled as a Beatles
Photo courtesy of Epic Records
After creating more news
than music, Oasis' (from left) Andy Bell, Alan White, Liam Gallagher, Noel
Gallagher and Gem have
released its fifth album, Heathen Chemistry.
Those Beatles-inspired melodies still
form the foundation of the album, but they're not as overt as they used
to be. Oasis still sounds
like a band out of place.
The album starts with the catchy and effortless
The Hindu Times (the first single), with Liam Gallagher singing "And I
get so high I
just can't feel it" backed by a power
The first three songs, in fact, sound like
Noel wants to prove he can still write a song so simple it has no business
"Stop Crying Your Heart Out" may be another
attempt at "Wonderwall," but the album's best moment is the surging "Little
By Little." It's
a song that finds a more assured Noel
singing "You know I didn't mean what I just said/ But my God woke up on
the wrong side of
He follows that moment of inspiration with
the cheesy but heartfelt "She Is Love." It's just a silly love song, but
you believe Noel feels
"All I know is I'm in love/ With someone
who loves me too."
While Oasis' last studio release, Standing
on the Shoulders of Giants, was an album almost devoid of memorable songs,
the debut (a bad one) of singer Liam Gallagher
as a songwriter.
In Heathen Chemistry, the younger Gallagher
pens three songs, and one of them is one of the band's best.
The strange "Born On A Different Cloud"
begins with an intro that sounds like it was lifted off Radiohead's OK
Computer, before Liam
goes into an almost dead-on John Lennon
impersonation. It's an odd combination, but it works its spell.
Oasis has no business being as good as
it is. As with most memorable things the Gallagher brothers record, you're
never sure if
you're left humming the melody because
it's Oasis or because it sounds like someone else.
It's doubtful Noel will ever take Oasis
in a completely original direction, but after the disastrous SOTSOG, it's
on the road to being as
important as it thinks it is.