You had to be living under a rock in the 90’s to have missed at least hearing about Oasis. After 18 years, seven studio albums, 70 million records sold, and endless public fights, the band called it quits in 2009 and went their separate ways. They defined the musical landscape for a generation who were looking for something more polished than the grunge bands coming out of the US, and Oasis influenced countless other musicians.
Since then, Noel Gallagher has sought to find his place as a solo artist. Chasing Yesterday is his sophomore effort, and the album shows that while you can try to leave your past behind, you can never completely escape it.
The album is what I would expect from a musician steeped in the history of English music from the last 30 years, callbacks to classic rock acts like the Beatles, a nod to 70’s glam rock, and an echo of Gallagher favorites the Stone Roses and the Smiths.
Gallagher calls this album his “experimental” record, and it feels different from his first solo release. It’s funkier, more psychedelic, full of lush guitars and darker riffs. The lyrics reflect the overall introspective mood of the album, like Riverman’s I traveled all this way to try and make amends/Cause heavy in the air are the words that she left hanging.
“Chasing Yesterday” is different, stylistically, but it still has Gallagher’s fingerprints all over it. There are no real surprises here, just another variation of a theme. It works; the album is an enjoyable listen for both fans of Oasis and of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Standout tracks: Riverman, Ballad of the Mighty I, Dying of the Light
10 tracks (15 on the deluxe edition), 43:55
March 3, 2015
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