An album done and redone 3 times, with beatles' citations which arrive to the son of Ringo Starr in the band (playing percussions, obviously), but also the Stones and a long way in the history of british rock which arrives also at the Stranglers. Without forgettin Lou Reed's Velvet. But Oasis is also the wall of sound coming back, a poster which give us a good idea of what rock with a solid know-how of songwriting is. It won't disappoint the fans. 4* outta 5.
Oasis, Don't Believe the Truth (* * * ) To call this the Gallagher brothers' best album in eight years is faint praise indeed, given that the forerunners of Britpop have been sputtering toward obsolescence and steadily sinking in a self-made quicksand of hubris, laziness and clichés as Radiohead and countless others pumped new life and luster into the genre. Oasis' sixth studio album and first since 2002's Heathen Chemistry can't be called a reinvention — this isn't modern rock but rather mod rockers circa 1966 with tambourines, psychedelic splashes, chiming guitars and lots of cheeky attitude. Yet there's much to cheer in the restoration of the sweeping, textured epic pop that captivated listeners in the mid-'90s. Singer Liam and guitarist Noel, hopelessly retro and still shamelessly copping from their idols, raid Velvet Underground's I'm Waiting for the Man for Mucky Fingers and rip wholesale from the Rolling Stones' Street Fighting Man for acoustic rocker Lyla. Results this shiny, brash and focused can't be faulted, however. And while the pace flags with mercifully brief The Meaning of Soul and a few other clunkers, Truth prevails in such winners as the sharp and aggressive A Bell Will Ring, sizzling Turn Up the Sun, restrained ballad Let There Be Love and soulful Keep the Dream Alive. —Edna Gundersen
I need to have a meet up with this edna chick to set her straight... USA today... bunch of "hootie"... How dare she put her name to anything connected to Oasis. They have NOT reinvented themselves but rather REINTEGRATED themselves.....This IS a group that is progressing... period. she needs to go to the "school of rock". she is way off. This is a PROPER rock n roll album ! Everything you've heard before and all new at once ! 5 stars ! just my 2 cents.. don't get my Irish up ! LOL !
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In recent years, Noel and Liam Gallagher have become better known for their tart tongues than searing guitar licks. Maybe that's why Oasis's sixth album, "Don't Believe the Truth," lacks any real bite. Sure, for 11 songs, these blokes can grind out toe-tapping Britpop, but there are no heart-pounding anthems here. The boot-stompin' ''Mucky Fingers'' is the disc's best song: a catchy, Dylan-fronting-the-Velvet Underground jam. But it ain't no ''Wonderwall.''
EW Grade: B-
-the worst part is that this album was last on this weeks review page, after the white stripes(c+) and kelly osbourne (c+, barf!)
I didn't think DBTT was all that great! There are a few stompers of tunes on there! Granted! But there were a few shitty ones! TUTS was a fucker of an opening track! Then Part Of The Queue just ripped off Golden Brown (Badly) I still think Heathen Chemistry is their best so far! I may be crazy but fuck it! Rock 'N' Roll is still Rock 'N' Roll!
Oasis: 29th Of July 2000 - Edinburgh, Murrayfield Stadium. 15th Of May 2005 - Edinburgh, Usher Hall. 30th Of June 2005 - Manchester, City Of Manchester Stadium. 17th Of June 2009 - Edinburgh, Murrayfield Stadium.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: 17th Of July 2012 - Edinburgh, Castle Esplanade. 7th Of March 2015 - Glasgow, SSE Hydro.
Pop Reviews Popjournalism > Pop Reviews > Oasis Oasis, Don't Believe the Truth 4/5 REVIEWED BY ADAM ALCHIN, POSTED ON MAY 30, 2005
Oasis, Don't Believe the Truth Internal turmoil, lagging sales and three inconsistent albums should have spelled the end of Oasis. Instead, the glimmer of hope heard on their 2002 release Heathen Chemistry has turned out to be an indication of great things to come as Oasis roars back to life with their sixth studio album Don't Believe The Truth. Quite simply, Truth is the best Oasis album since their 1995 magnum opus (What's The Story) Morning Glory. Opening with a seamless string of rockers and Rubber Soul-esque pop songs, Truth tears through its eleven tracks at blinding speed before closing with the optimistic ballad "Let There Be Love." Despite the departure of several band members in recent years, Zak "son of Ringo" Starkey joins on drums, Oasis has jelled into a confident and muscular unit; more importantly, they sound like a band. Truth may not restore Oasis to the ranks of "world's biggest band", however their competitors will have a hard time matching the sheer exhilaration of listening to this fine offering.
Post by oliverlewis on Jun 10, 2005 3:31:07 GMT -5
Posted on Thu, Jun. 09, 2005
Oasis lives up to the hype
By ERIC R. DANTON
THE HARTFORD COURANT
Even Lazarus didn't get this kind of hype. The ad campaign for "Don't Believe the Truth," the new Oasis album (Epic), including TV spots, makes it sound as if the personification of '90s Brit-pop has emerged from some sort of deep stasis to rock again.
Come to think of it, maybe that's not so wrong after all. Oasis never went away, but the band definitely wandered for a while through the musical wilderness. Brawling brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher overrode their mutual disdain occasionally, resulting in middling albums in 2000 and 2002.
But both efforts were far removed from the Beatles-aping mega-selling records Oasis released in the mid-'90s.
"Don't Believe the Truth," the band's latest, sounds as if the Gallaghers care about the music again. The Beatles influence has largely dissipated, and though that makes these songs less likely to take control of your cerebrum, it also shows the brothers are plenty capable of writing solid tunes without John Lennon's help.
The music is dense without sounding cluttered. There are growling electric guitars on "Turn Up the Sun," a philosophical edge to the lyrics on "Mucky Fingers" and raw vocals from Liam on the taut rocker "Lyla." The lush acoustic guitar and dark melody on "Part of the Queue" evoke the Doves, one of Oasis' successors on the Brit-pop scene, and there's a hint of the brothers' turbulent relationship on "Guess God Thinks I'm Abel."
No one gets knifed here, though. The Gallaghers channeled whatever tension exists into the music, and the result makes the title seem sensible. Who would have believed this truth?
-- Eric R. Danton
Distributed by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service
Exellent review from russian music internet site www.sqd.ru(sorry for bad translation)
The giants games
"We're the best band in the world" (c) Liam Gallagher
Before I considered as its impudent, cocky type enamoured in the shaggy reflection. The fighter, the drunkard and then already the musician. Leaves, that was mistaken. New Oasis has forced to think any strangenesses. For example, to compose history about the strange world where absolutely there is no fate-beater. Beatles, Jagger, Velvet Underground. Them newcomers having pulled out from history of human culture have stolen the whole chapter. And now forGallaghers it is necessary to write it anew, from a pure leaf.
Actually they already have written it. Their new album Don ` t Believe The Truth - assembly gold fate-hits, magnificent replacement with much dusty forever hits. Young, acid , energetic, simply drivy music. This time Oasis have forgotten about all borders and frameworks, and in tracklist besides Oasis compositions songs of other participants of group (namely the guitarist of Jam Archer and bass guitarist Andy Bell) have entered.
Owing to such liberties, musicians it was possible to write down really unusual album. The word "great" Would be desirable to tell. But I shall refrain, skill of brothers to loans and is known to a mimicry. Knowingly one of albums of group carries name Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants. Oasis cost on shoulders of predecessors-giants and very skilfully use such favourable position.
It is possible to divide Tracklist conditionally on two parts: themes romantic (where musicians try to not imitate at all - to write new hits for Beatles) and tracks more rigid, practically punk, and-like already mentioned Velvet Underground.
Listen Mucky Fingers, and you will understand all. Here it - dirty, primitive, but first-born and such clockwork rock-and-roll. Other doubtless insurgent is track Lyla.Traditional very much, but from it not less vigorous and viable.
To all admirers of creativity of the Liverpool four urgently I advise to listen composition Guess God Thinks I ` m Abel. Gallaghers, probably, very much are friends of sir Hollow McCartney, time at them leave such absolutely "Beatles" pieces. Walks on a unsteady rainbow, games with unicorns and other guitar activity . Here I wish to carry one more, already "Lennon's" theme Let There Be Love. With that piano, hippy flute and pacifistic refern.
Crafty Gallaghers have again made all. They also are unpredictable, extraordinary and improbably talented. Can, too it is time to them to try on giant dress coats and jeans? To be going to become a part of history?
Oasis - Don't Belive the truth 2005. Rating: 9/10.
When Noel scrawled tunes about nothing that meant the world and Liam buzzed off his head with a passion never rivalled by any rock 'n' roll singer in history. Put simply, this is a glorious rebirth...
Noel is writing songs about queuing too long for a pint of milk and Liam is a whirlwind of inspiration and wondrous bullshit. Fans have been waiting for this moment for ten years...
Why? Because it's been ten years since Oasis made an album that truly changed the musical landscape. It's been ten years since they wrote an album of such spirit that you felt compelled to adopt a swagger as you walked through the streets of your council estate.
Don't Believe The Truth is that album. It's the Oasis that blew you away and an Oasis you've never met.
It's not about one particular song. It never has been. It's about an old attitude that somehow got lost amidst the tabloid hoo-ha and the mountains of cash, coupled with a complete reinvention of how and why Oasis exist.
For the first time in their history, they are functioning as a band. No longer does Noel feel the weight of the world on his shoulders, and Liam's writing tunes with the enthusiasm of a toddler who's just mastered walking. Gem is the rock on which the new Oasis is built while Andy Bell is an enigmatic influence, who makes Liam watch films starring David Essex. They call him Wing Commander Bell.
They are four individuals, who have pushed, pulled, laughed and fought inside the four walls of a studio, for what seemed like forever, to reach the light. And now they've arrived, it's positively blinding.
When they listen back to this record, a newborn confusion reigns. They're not sure who played what and when. All they know is that Zak Starkey played drums, although there is a rumour flying around concerning Liam, two spoons and a box of Cheerios.
Don't Believe The Truth runs to eleven tracks, and Noel has written five. That includes Let There Be Love; a defining moment in Oasis history. A song pulled back from over-production; one that sighs rather than shouts. 'Who kicked a hole in the sky so the heavens could cry over me?' It'll break your heart.
Mucky Fingers - which sounds like nothing Noel has ever written before - is his trip on the Velvet Underground, fuelled by Jack Daniels and an old, beat up organ bought on e-bay.
Then there's Lyla, who is apparently ''Sally's sister'', and The Importance Of Being Idle - a song so stark, so simple and so fundamentally Oasis, that it could have been a b-side in 1994. It's THAT good.
When you hear Part of the Queue, you realise that 'Noel Gallagher the songwriter' has regained some truth. He's once again tackling the little things, and leaving the meaning of life to somebody who has the time to work it out.
Three tunes are Liam's, although he claims to have written over a hundred.
What we do hear is the deafening ninety second Meaning of Soul which spits fifties rock 'n' roll blades at passers by, while Love Like A Bomb is a wistful daydream that he wrote with ''Julie fucking Christie'' in mind.
As for Guess God Thinks I'm Abel, Liam reckons he has a conversation with God one night in a boozer. God told him He was Abel. Simple as that.
Gem is his sounding board, who he drags into their studio at all hours to work on sparks of ideas that are currently flowing from him at a phenomenal rate. Andy describes Liam as ''...outrageously talented. He just invents chords. For every song on the album he probably has ten just as good''.
The opening track on Don't Believe The Truth is Andy Bell's Turn Up The Sun, with it's Midnight Cowboy intro that explodes into threatening, explosive rock 'n' roll. He also pops up with Keep the Dream Alive, a song inspired by a film called Stardust, starring David Essex. Noel won't watch it. The others won't shut up about it.
That leaves Gem's A Bell Will Ring and another layer on an album full of different sounds.
Noel sums up the all-new, harmonious Oasis...
''If somebody said to me, in twelve years you'll be in a band with your brother and two carrot munching geezers who don't like football I would have said fuck off, I'm not joining the Bee Gees.''
Don't Believe The Truth is trulythe long awaited new album from Oasis, a band who now operate with the type of unity and passion usually reserved for the A-Team, on the trail of a group of Mexican cattle rustlers. Thankfully, though, some things will never change...
After a three-year wait for Oasis to release the follow up to Heathen Chemistry I'm sure you'd love to read that Don't Believe the Truth is a return to form. Back to the glory days of Britpop, teeming with modern classics like "Whatever" and "Cigarettes And Alcohol".
I'm sure you'd love me to write that. But it simply wouldn't be true. However, the good news is that this album is their best work since 1997's Be Here Now.
The truth is that Noel Gallagher could probably write a whole album's worth of "Wonderwall"s if he put his mind to it, but what would be the point? We don't need another "Wonderwall" when Noel is writing songs like album highlights "The Importance Of Being Idle" and "Part Of The Queue", two of the finest songs he's written in years. So what if one rips off The Kinks and the other The Stranglers? We're talking about Oasis, what did you expect?
As for Liam, his voice sounds great again, and his song writing has come on leaps and bounds since his previous efforts. "Love Like A Bomb" is a gentle acoustic number with beautiful twinkling piano and "The Meaning Of Soul" is another of the album's highlights. Imagine early b-side "Headshrinker" played acoustic, if you can. At only 1 minute 43 seconds it's practically gone before you know it, but still manages to leave you gasping. It's so good you could almost forgive Liam for the Standing On the Shoulder Of Giants lyrical atrocity that was "Little James". Almost...
Don't Believe the Truth is far from perfect. Andy Bell's Revolver-esque "Keep The Dream Alive" sounds like it was left over from the aforementioned flop Standing On the Shoulder Of Giants. What's more, album closer "Let There Be Love" is a typical Oasis ballad - but it sounds like it's looking backwards whilst the rest of the album tries to look to the future.
After the dust has settled, I doubt that this record will be hailed as a classic Oasis album, up there with Definitely Maybe or Morning Glory but it won't be forgotten. Hopefully it just might be remembered as the moment Oasis regained their sense of direction.
It's good to see that Oasis finally stopped using drugs. It's also good to finally see another great Oasis album.
It would be good to believe all of this, but an Oasis comeback has become nearly impossible to make believe any longer - and none of that changes with the release of their latest album, "Don’t Believe the Truth" (three stars on my five-star scale).
For years now, the band has been off the radar here in the States and merely a sentimental instead of steadfast band in Britain after being put on the back page of the tabloids by the band The Libertines, the newest British blokes to cause news-making brouhahas. With the lack of commercial success since 1997's "Be Here Now," Oasis now finds itself releasing a comeback album - or its fourth comeback album in a row, if you want to know the truth. The band looks to turn it around with its new album after once being thought of as being the natural successor to The Beatles.
Oasis' last album, "Heathen Chemistry," was a departure from their drug-induced melodies. The album was full of radio-ready singles and was sober attempt to clean up the clutter of their undoubtedly worst album, "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants." But while the songs had clarity, they lacked grit, and the album came off as flat; it had the catchiness of a pre-"Sergeant Pepper" Beatles tune, but lacked the sincere innocence.
All that changes with the first song off "Don’t Believe," entitled "Turn up the Sun." The song, which is arguably one of the finest Oasis tracks post-"Morning Glory," is flighty and haunting, something akin to a midnight vampire ball held in the sun by day-tripping hippies. The Beatlesesque chorus has Liam Gallagher chanting, "Come on, turn up the sun/Love one another." From the first song, it is clear Oasis is crossing over into the spaced-out Beatles-era territory - which is a good thing. It is a promising tone for the rest of the album.
The first single is "Lyla," a song that simply sounds dated. It garners B-side status to the next track and fourth song on the album, "Love Like a Bomb." "Love" should have been the first single, and hopefully it will turn out to be the second. The song is surprisingly catchy yet grounded with old Oasis charm, and it is all done under three minutes, which is a speed-metal pace for the usually epic balladeers. Indeed, in the past, many Oasis songs seem to linger too long with drugged-out languor. This time it seems the band went into recording on the criticism that they are ballad gluttons, and their songs are just too long. Most songs clock in at three and a half to four minutes.
The band also seems to have went into the recording sessions with the idea of trying to recapture the sound that made them superstars. The second track, "Mucky Fingers," sounds like it is cut for Oasis' first album, while "The Importance of Being Idle," the fifth track, is another standout that has a tempo as odd as its title.
Though the first five songs are exemplary Oasis songs; the rest of the album becomes decidedly worse with the sixth track. The formula for this album seems apparent: Trim the fat on the ballads and throw back to the sound that made them famous. The album succeeds, and fairly well at this for the first five songs, but unfortunately, the first half of the album fails to compensate fully for the shortcomings of the second.
At the height of their popularity, Liam Gallagher is noted as saying that Oasis was the best band in the world. No one believed that one, so don't believe that this is the best Oasis album or the worst, because it certainly isn't either - but it certainly is, as truth usually turns out to be in life, somewhere in between.
Warning: there is no "Wonderwalls" on Oasis' latest album. There might not be an original chorus or guitar lick on it either. But don't be put off. Don't Believe the Truth resembles a collage of every '60s record Noel and Liam Gallagher own. Just check out that chiming guitar opening on opening track "Turn Up The Sun." It's as if hippies with the flowers in their hair wanted to hijack "The Graduate." "Mucky Fingers" is a blatant Velvet Underground rip-off. "Lyla" is a dead-on imitation of The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar." In fact, figuring out who the group ripped off becomes half the fun of listening to this album. Fortunately, Oasis have the chops to pull it off. Liam sings about fighting on one track and love on another. "You turn me on, love's like a bomb, you're blowing my mind," he sings at one point. Hardly novel, but it gets the point across before soaring off into a have of pyschedelic fuzziness. The acoustic sing-along closer "Let There Be Love" may even become their "Hey Jude." One can certainly imagine all of these songs becoming integral parts of their live set. Oasis may not break any new ground here, but it's their most memorable release in years. - Scott Murphy
Every album had it’s place. Definitely Maybe was the beginning. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? was the classic. Be Here Now was the underestimated drugbust. The Masterplan was the collaboration. Standing On The Shoulder of Giants was the testy doom-and-gloom. Heathen Chemistry was all about love. And now, Don’t Believe The Truth (Epic, 2005) is the revival.
Since we last heard from the boys, Alan had left and Ringo Starr’s son, Zak Starkey, was featured in the band as the stand-in drummer. No more brawls, no more angry headliners; things were starting to calm down. The album was rumoured to have been completed last year, but being the perfectionist that he is, Noel scrapped everything and started anew.
And there’s a lot of changes since Definitely Maybe. Older, wiser, more committed, the band has brought their experience and knowledge into their latest release. Enthusiastic reviews from music critics everywhere have brought the album to an increased heightened anticipation. Rolling Stone had succumbed to three and a half stars, Spin presented it with an A-, and both Q and Mojo gave it four stars, declaring it ‘their best in nearly a decade’.
Having followed Oasis for a decade myself, this was worth the wait. And it was such a surprise, too. First off, ‘Turn Up The Sun’ is a rhythmic chain of beauty, and then the guitars pick up to mark Oasis’ signature sound. When Liam’s voice rolls in, it’s a relief to know it still sounds haggard from a binge drink and a long smoke, still roughly intact.
The Mancunian fighters have turned into understanding, compassionate men. In the opener, Liam sings, ‘Love one another...’, but this is only the beginning.
Noel’s ‘Mucky Fingers’ was clearly written during his Dylan period, with its continuous acoustic strums and shrill harmonica chiming in the background. Although the title could raise a few eyebrows, overall the song is fantastic because of the distinguished influence played into it.
Hit single ‘Lyla’ taps into Oasis’ former cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Street Fightin’ Man’, and joins the list of tracks that preceded it in this manner of odes: ‘She’s Electric’, ‘Angelchild’, ‘The Girl In The Dirty Shirt’ and ‘Songbird’ -- as well as a few others.
There’s psychedelic ‘Love Like A Bomb’, where Liam’s better-known strained bray puts forth its best yet. Having written three tracks on the album, Liam’s topper is ‘Guess God Thinks I’m Abel’, which is incredibly impressive, say, as compared to the hell he was given for Giants’ ‘Little James’, written about his newborn son. He’s beautiful here.
‘Part Of The Queue’ channels into The Stranglers’ ‘Golden Brown’, soundtracked from director Guy Ritchie’s 2001 film, "Snatch."
Andy-penned ‘Keep The Dream Alive’ has one of the most amazing choruses I have ever heard Liam sing. The album is split into sections, and each member has written at least one track, making the record a collection of ideas, layouts and genius presentation.
The biggest change of them all comes from ‘Let There Be Love’, originally a Giants’ demo, that finally appears on Truth to have become reworded almost entirely. Liam sings main vocals, and Noel shies in halfway through, almost like a reminder that he did keep some of it the same with the inclusion of his generous vocals. The secret to this track’s success is the string work accompanied by a soft piano and gentle acoustic, making the song appear to be a treasured, well-guarded rarity off of John Lennon’s albums.
‘A Bell Will Ring’ and ‘The Meaning Of Soul’ were tested out at the Poole Lighthouse gig last year, and managed to make their way onto the tracklisting as well, though touched up and perfected, of course.
No longer will Noel and Liam be known as the dueling brothers. The years of torrential arguments, bar brawls, missing teeth and media knock-outs seem to be long gone. But I could have spoken too soon...
Truth is the wine from Definitely Maybe’s scouser-set grapevine. It contains the best licks, the most impressionable vocals and carefully distilled, intricately developed rock that proves to be the most matured, forthcoming rock Oasis has ever produced. Rock ‘n roll stars? Absolutely.
CD OF THE WEEK: News that Oasis were releasing a new album this year had to make one wonder whether it would just be a lukewarm attempt to recapture days of glory past, writes Riaan Wolmarans
emember the Oasis vs Blur wars of the Nineties, stoked by greedy record executives and record stores? It all seems so pointless now -- just as it did then. The news that Oasis were releasing a new album this year had to make one wonder whether it would just be a lukewarm attempt to recapture days of glory past.
And on a fast first listen, Don’t Believe the Truth (Sony BMG) seems bland, even devoid of inspiration. Even the cover is bleak and boring. But delve deeper into the music to find Oasis have matured well, building on their past experience to create nuanced music with a retro-rock, almost Beatles-esque feel, with all but three tracks written by Liam or Noel Gallagher.
Opener Turn Up the Sun and Part of the Queue sneer survival-in-this-crazy-world lyrics atop subdued but insistent guitars. Tracks such as Love Like a Bomb and the swaggering Lyla are classic Oasis: offbeat semi-romantic musings perched over laid-back melodies with perky guitars that never overpower. The Importance of Being Idle is as existential (“I sold my soul for the second time”) and decadent (“I begged my doctor for one more line”) as a middleweight pop-rock single can be -- offset by the optimistic A Bell Will Ring (“The sun will shine on you again”, happily).
Good ol’ rock’n’roll surfaces on The Meaning of Soul and the gritty, slightly deranged Mucky Fingers. Let There Be Love closes the album with its slow cocktail of sadness, hope and ponderable lyrics (“Who kicked a hole in the sky so the heavens would cry over me?”).
And so, what could have been a disastrous comeback becomes a meaningful, if slightly cynical, take on life and love, and one can almost remember why it was important to vote for Oasis, not Blur. Or was it the other way round?
I have a confession to make: in 1997 I was one of the cocky little s**ts who went around telling anyone who cared to listen that ‘Be Here Now’ was the best album ever.
That’s right, I’m a closet Oasis fan. Unlike some however, I have been rehabilitated and reintroduced into the community successfully. Now eight years later I find myself confronted with such demands once again.
Noel claims, as usual, that this is the best Oasis album that has ever been made. As usual he is wrong, but perhaps less wrong then he has been in recent years. Whilst the expected ‘influences’ (or rip-offs) appear throughout ‘Don’t Believe the Truth’, for once they actually work. Although tracks such as ‘Lyla’ appear familiar (The Stone’s ‘Street Fighting Man’ anyone?) the breadth of influences have been put to good use to create a new sound and direction, whilst still retaining some of the old Oasis swagger. Tracks such as ‘The Importance of Being Idle’ and ‘Mucky Fingers’ lean heavy on late sixties mod sounds, which you’d more readily associate with The Kinks or The Who. The band as a whole has been trying to move into new territory with its music, perhaps in a vague attempt to try and re-create the ‘Revolver’ era Beatles sound. This is especially noticeable as far as the guitars are concerned and is a welcome change from the Oasis norm. ‘Don’t believe the Truth’ actually turns out to be a pretty decent album. Fine, it’s nowhere near as good as ‘Definitely Maybe’ and its singles won’t sell near as many copies as those from ‘What’s the Story Morning Glory’, but as an album it holds together very nicely.
With the rest of the rock world still preoccupied with 1985 (we get it, The Smiths were good), Coldplay's somehow managed to sweep in like a storm of wieners to revive the once-dormant corpse of Bread-style soft rock.
Chris Martin pounds the piano and yelps like a seal in heat, and voila, both you and your mom have something to listen to on the way to The Olive Garden. The stars were all yellow? Good observation, Galileo.
Bless us, oh Lord, for the concurrent resurrection of Oasis. The sneering, snorting kings of mid-'90s guitar rock have returned at the perfect time to jerk the Zoloft generation out of its heavy-lidded Cure-quoting stupor.
The band's sixth album, Don't Believe the Truth, is a sunburnt rock'n'roll reveille, pouring over with the kind of huge hooks and six-string blasts that haven't been around since, uh, back when Oasis used to call themselves the greatest band in the world. Close your eyes in the swell of Don't Believe the Truth and you might find yourself taking their word for it.
The soaring and inhumanly tuneful songs of Don't Believe the Truth are the kind only a band as arrogant and bombastic as Oasis could pull off. "Mucky Fingers," the set's highlight, pits a chug-a-lug riff against Noel's rollicking Blonde on Blonde vocal, and in a different decade, Liam's shimmering "Love Like a Bomb" could've been a gigantic hit. The lyrics aren't all superb (and some are downright Up With People-ish) but Liam's such a cracking singer and the band's playing is so refreshingly lively you'll barely notice. And yeah, they still sound like The Stone Roses and Rubber Soul.
Don't tell me you have a problem with that.
Coldplay is well and good for high tea. But with Don't Believe the Truth, Oasis has made a record as perfectly suited for Saturday night as it is for Sunday morning. That's really something.
The past three years have been somewhat transitional for Oasis. Additional line-up reshuffles, scrapped recording sessions and the domesticity of the once-notorious Gallagher brothers have led to a more mature and settled Oasis sound that is evident in their brand new album, ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’. Whilst all the indie-rock, “borrowed” Sixties-riffs and Manchester-flavoured swagger are still in attendance, this sixth offering from Oasis finds the band in a more reflective and melodic frame of mind.
From the chants of “love one another“ on the slow-burn opener ‘Turn Up The Sun’, to the sombre ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’, where Noel reflects about the direction of life, to the Liam-penned ‘Guess God Thinks I’m Abel’, a simplistic and effective summertime ramble of good intentions, ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ commands our attention on profound levels not usual to an Oasis album. By the time we reach the album closer ‘Let There Be Love’, an acoustic track boasting vocals from both Noel and Liam, with just the most simplistic hand-clap rhythm and soaring strings, Oasis have convinced us that the last three years of turmoil have produced a band dynamic that is stronger than ever.
For those concerned that Oasis have slipped way too deep into the realm of Dad-rock, you will be pleased to hear that the Gallaghers can still produce some of the most infectiously catchy indie-rock around. From the psychedelic whirlpool of hit single ‘Lyla’, to the one and a half minute swagger of ‘The Meaning Of Soul’, by way of the magnificently-titled ‘Mucky Fingers’, ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ provides the perfect balance between the ups and the downs.
With ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ the widespread belief is that Oasis are back with an amazing album which will prove to be their strongest for a very long time. With the added bonus of selling out nearly half a million tickets for their forthcoming tour, the year ahead looks set to be an extraordinary one.
I've just stumbled across this thread. I don't have time to read all pages and i doubt anyone will share my views with what im about to say.
My review of DBTT is not good. I don't like it. The overall sound is weak, the majority of the lyrics are weak, and it mostly lacks melodies or atmosphere.
Highlights would be - Turn Up The Sun , which is probably one of the best openings to an Oasis album. Mucky Fingers is good but not great. Keep The Dream Alive is again good but could be better. And maybe Part Of The Que.
The sound i get from all the tracks on this album is that they are demos'. It feels like there is something missing. It doesn't grab you or get your attention. The Importance Of Being Idle, Love Like A Bomb, Guess God Thinks Im Able and Meaning Of Soul are some of the worst Oasis songs i've ever heard. I don't think Lyla is that special.
And what really pissed me off is that probably the best two tracks in Keep The Dream Alive and Let There Be Love were never played live!