Oasis: A Beginners Guide

So Liam is moaning at Noel and Noel is moaning at Liam, this must been one thing, they both have a new album coming out. But away from the sibbling rivalry, in Oasis they built up quite a reputation in the 1990s, selling millions of records and writing songs that defined an era. But for any potential new Oasis fan, Be warned! Thankfully Tommy K has you covered.

THE DEBUT ALBUM: DEFINITELY MAYBE
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The Most Important Debut album these shores have seen for decades, Definitely Maybe is the sound of a band thriving to be the voices of their respected generation, they succeeded! Noel’s ear for melody and Liam’s working class swagger meant that Oasis both had the tunes and attitude to match.

Key Tracks: Rock N Roll Star, Live Forever, Slide Away

 

 

THE CLASSIC FOLLOW UP: (WHATS THE STORY) MORNING GLORY
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Away from their swagger and self proclaimed brilliance Noel Gallagher has a tender side, his love for the Beatles is none more evident then on this classic follow up. Morning Glory is more of a slow burner then its predecessor, but with over 20m album sales worldwide it certainly proved popular with fans of Definitely Maybe and the public.

Key Tracks: Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back in Anger, Some Might Say

 

 

THE ALBUM THAT DIVIDES OPINION: BE HERE NOW
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The most hotly anticipated album since Sgt Pepper, sadly Be Here Now still 20 years later divides the fans that bought both Definitely Maybe and Morning Glory. On the plus side its an ambitious attempt at world domination but on the negative side its self indulgent and overproduced. It features many great Oasis songs, but not enough classics.

Key Tracks: D’you Know What I Mean, Stand By Me, Don’t Go Away

 

 

TRANSISTIONAL ALBUM: STANDING ON THE SHOULDER OF GIANTS
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Following the so called disaster of Be Here Now Oasis were in a bit of a rut, Britpop was now just a passing fad and many bands like Blur and Suede had moved away from that particular genre. Oasis’ 4th album sees the band trying to do something different, its a bit hit/miss at times but its the sound of Oasis trying to thrive post Britpop.

Key Tracks: Go Let It Out, Gas Panic, Where Did it All Go Wrong

 

 

FINAL RESORT: HEATHEN CHEMISTRY
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By 2002 Oasis were on the verge of completely imploding. There last 2 albums had been made under pressure for one reason or another so by 2002’s Heathen Chemistry its fair to say they should have been over the rut. While the album includes probably the best singles the band had written since Morning Glory the album tracks suffer miserably.

Key Tracks: Hindu Times, Stop Crying Your Heart Out

 

 

RETURN TO FORM: DON’T BELIEVE THE TRUTH

2005’s Don’t Believe the Truth was written and recorded with minimal fuss. The pressure on Oasis was limited due to low expectation, something the band ironically thrived on. It’s an album that sees Liam shine as a songwriter and Gem and Andy contribute decently as well, however Noel sees himself maturing more as he reaches the middle stages of his life, the former voice of a generation was nearing his 40s and for the first time there’s a sense he realises this.

Key Tracks: Lyla, Importance of Being Idle, Let There Be Love

 

 

FINAL ALBUM: DIG OUT YOUR SOUL
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Dig Out Your Soul is half a great album and half an average one. While Noel sounds as melodic as ever its Liam, Gem and Andy who let the side down with 5 distinctly average compositions, the better of these is Liam’s ‘Im Outta Time’. Noel however contributes 6 scorchers that thankfully save Oasis from leaving on a low.

Key Tracks: Shock of the Lightning, Falling Down

 

GREATEST HITS ALBUM: STOP THE CLOCKS
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While 2010’s Time Flies includes all the singles, Stop the Clocks includes all the best album tracks and bsides, mainly from 1994-1995. It includes only one track from Standing on the Shoulder of Giants and Heathen Chemistry and none from Be Here Now, typifying Noel’s opinions of those respected albums.