Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds [2011]

MUSiC, Album. October 22, 2011 by Jason.

UK Limited Edition: This contains no extra tracks other than interview about the making of the album, and the video version of The Death of You and Me.

Audio CD
UK Store Date: October 17, 2011
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Sour Mash

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds [2011] [Album]
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Sometimes it helps to bide one's time, as Noel Gallagher has surely done in the two years since he walked away from Oasis, effectively shuttering the biggest British band of the last 30 years. While brother Liam rushed out and grabbed the first ray of new rising sun with Beady Eye, offering up a fair-to-decent version of Oasis-sounding songs, Noel took the long-view approach, realizing that a great album has to be nurtured, coddled and brought up right.

Of course, he has some experience in this area; indeed, a couple of the numbers on his solo debut, 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' - the album's name is the same as his band - have been percolating for a decade now, with demos and soundcheck recordings leaking famously on the internet.

Some might say (oh!) that Noel has always held all of the cards: He was the principle songwriter for Oasis, penning the lion's share of the catalogue and all of the hits. Not only that, but his singing voice - a rich, throaty delivery, alternating between a tenor and a baritone - was the more expressive, and widely underused, of the two Gallagher brothers.

All right, so let's cut to the chase: The 10 songs on 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' rank as the best set of material the singer-songwriter and guitarist has assembled since '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' As it is with the best of composers, the emotional buttons - desperate, angry, joyful, melancholy and everything else - are right there in plain sight, but the light and dark between the hues are swimming about, too, and they're up for grabs.

Working in both London and Los Angeles between 2010 and 2011, with frequent collaborator Dave Sardy serving as co-producer, Gallagher utilized the talents of now bandmates Jeremy Stacey (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion) and Mike Rowe (keyboards). It's a close-knit bunch, and the manner in which they jump through so many moments of epiphany, sometimes in the space of one song, is astonishing.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - an intensifier of feelings, and a strong contender for Record Of The Year.

Track List:
1. Everybody's On the Run
2. Dream On
3. If I Had a Gun...
4. The Death of You and Me
5. (I Wanna Live In a Dream In My) Record Machine
6. AKA...What a Life!
7. Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks
8. AKA...Broken Arrow
9. (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach
10. Stop the Clocks
Amazon Edition Bonus Track:
11. Alone On the Rope (also available in V0 HERE)
iTunes Deluxe Edition Bonus Track:
11. A Simple Game of Genius (available HERE)
Japan Edition Bonus Tracks:
11. A Simple Game of Genius
12. The Good Rebel

Let the Lord Shine a Light On Me (available in all formats HERE)
I'd Pick You Every Time (available in all formats HERE)

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