There is something really special when the main songwriter of a band takes the reigns of their own musical path. Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame has done that once again on his newest album Chasing Yesterday from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. This 10 song album is the perfect setup to spring and summer. There are those trademark melodies that made Oasis songs really shine, but also the signature (and highly underrated guitar tones) of Noel. Leading track “Riverman” starts the vibe of the album off right. It has a sweet melody that allows the listener to get the idea of where the records mood will take them. “In The Heat Of The Moment,” is a rocker. There is also a subtle dance element to this song that makes you want to move. “Lock All The Doors,” is one of those songs that would fit perfectly on an Oasis album. Noel’s voice on this track really shows his ability to lead a rocking song. Not to mention the guitar solo, is simple yet stellar. This is easily one of my favorite songs on the album. “The Dying Of Light,” is a really pretty ballad. This is one of those songs that had that trademark Oasis melody. “You Know We Can’t Go Back,” is another of the more rocking songs on the album. It also is my favorite track on the album. The catchy chorus that comes with it, not to mention the driving beat really carries this song.
Noel Gallagher has really left his mark with this album. It’s the first album to be produced as well as written by Noel and features a much broader array of instrumentation than ever before; the result is a diverse layered album, that draws from a range of different genres and influences. Oasis will always be the standard fallback, but Noel really shines on this effort.
Scale of 1-10: 8.5
In The Heat Of The Moment: Video
By: Brian Lacy