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I still lament the demise of Oasis. I was lucky enough to see them twice last year. Once at Cardiff's millennium stadium with 75000 other people; I was so excited that even being piss-bombed prior to the band coming on stage couldn't darken my mood (having enjoyed several sherbets thoughout the afternoon helped as well as having just witnessed the mighty Kasabian storm their way through an amazing support set). The second time I saw them was at Bridlington Spa, one of only 3500 people to get tickets for that gig, which would in fact turn out to be their last. It was hot, it was sweaty, the bars ran out of everything except cider and some kind of alcopop that was blue and looked like it could strip off my stomach lining, and it was completely minging being only 5"1 and stuck in the middle of a crazy mosh pit...but what a night!
Anyway - I digress. Sorry. To the album then. This is Oasis' first offering, released on Creation Records in August 1994, and spawning four massive hit singles. And what an offering it is. Put it this way, if Definitely Maybe was sacrificed to the Sun God of Rock and Roll we would be enjoying better summers and spending considerably more time in the sunshyyyyyyyne.
When Definitely Maybe was released Creation were experiencing some financial turbulence and there was only £60,000 in the pot with which to promote the album. Not a lot! Therefore, given that that the record went on to sell 100000 copies in four days after its release is staggering (and this is in the days before itunes and digital downloads!) - and shows how much of an impact Oasis had made in a few short months since the release of their first single. That first weeks sales figures made Definitely Maybe the fastest selling debut album in Britain. Ever. It was a seminal moment for British music. And the rest, as they say, is history...
The first track 'Rock n Roll Star' opens up with that fantastic guitar intro that doesn't quite prepare you for what's about to ensue. Then the track kicks in and punches you square in the face. The thumping drum beat and squealing guitars only serve to fuel the fire of Liam's laconic drawl, as he spits out those lyrics with utter contempt, "You're not down with who I am/Look at you now/You're all in my hands tonight," oh yes we are my friend. We believe. I think it's one of Oasis' best ever tracks. This is rock and roll baby and it sounds exactly like it's supposed to.
Next up is Shakermaker, the second single. It's a little more 'muted' than Rock and Roll Star and doesn't have the same energy, but it's rolled out with the confidence of a bunch of egomaniacs who know they can get a lyric down a fag packet, put it together in someone's back bedroom and know it's going to be immense. "Shake along with me", Liam's not asking, he's telling.
Live Forever, the third single, is another massive anthem. I mean, come on! Who doesn't want to live forever? Down tempo and quite melancholy, but with rolling guitars that snag us back to the incessant rock and roll vibe that ties the whole album together.
Up In The Sky is a uptempo track which could be a cracking campaign song if the country were ever embroiled in a class war! Kicking off with a stinging riff, Noel's lyrics are pretty simple to understand, "Hey you/Wearing the Crown/ Making no sound/ I hear you feel down/ Well that's too bad/Welcome to my world." It's underrated in my opinion. The more you listen to it the better it gets.
Supersonic was the first single released from Definitely Maybe, on 11 April 1994. And this track just blows me away. Liam's lyrics, for the most part, are completely nonsensical, "I know a girl called Elsa/She's into Alka Seltzer/She sniffs it through a cane on a supersonic train/And she makes me laugh/I got her autograph/She done it with a doctor/On a helicopter." Um - WHAT? And that's the genius of it. It's nothing short of legendary. When that opening drum beat kicks I know what's coming next and I get chills down my spine. "I'm feeling supersonic/Give me gin and tonic/You can have it all/ But how much do you want it?" After listening to this track for the first time I wanted it all and I wanted it badly.
Bring It On Down gives us Liam snarling and stomping like a petulant teenager. This is an angry little number which swirls along like a mini tornado. This wasn't released as a single but it should have been. When I listen to it now it reminds me more than a little of 'What's the Story Morning Glory', my favourite Oasis track of all time. It's not as good by any means, and it lacks the air of menace of Morning Glory, but it's dark, it's drum-led and there's a lot going on.
Next up is the utterly, utterly brilliant 'Cigarettes and Alcohol', which spent a massive 35 weeks in the charts after it was released. Everybody should know this track - no excuses! Therefore, all I'm going to say that it provided the perfect soundtrack for what was happening in my life at the time and, in my defence, I blame the pressure of University for leading me astray. And I couldn't possibly comment any further!
Slide Away was written, according to Noel Gallagher, on a Les Paul guitar that Johnny Marr sent to him. It's a love song, which Liam delivers straight up with no sneering and no pontificating - to the backdrop of a heavy baseline and some twanging chords. But it works - it really, really works. It's superb. The lyrics are simple and effective, "Hold me down/ All the world's asleep/ I need you now - you've knocked me off my feet / I dream of you - we talk of growing old/ But you said please don't". Blimey - who'd have thought it?
There just isn't a weak track on this album. My least favourite would have to be 'Married with Children'. Followed by Digsy's Dinner , Columbia and Up in The Sky. And it's not that they're 'bad'. They're still pretty great in fact - but they just seem to lack the air of arrogance that is sprinkled liberally on top the other tracks. And because of that I think they lose something. I'm not quite sure what that something is but it's definitely tangible.
When I listen to this album I want to jump up and punch my fist in the air with a big stupid grin on my face. This quote from NME sums up exactly how I feel about Definitely Maybe: "It's like opening your bedroom curtains one morning and discovering that some f-er's built the Taj Mahal in your back garden and then filled it with your favourite flavour of Angel Delight. Yeah, that good."
On the twenty ninth of August, 94', from the depths of the Manchester Music scene, Oasis' debut album, 'Definitely Maybe' arrogantly swaggers forward. At a time of political and musical change, Oasis dictates the future, within their bold new shining light and genre...Brit pop. With the Brother's two-fingered approach to life, it's unsurprising that critics have chartered the Shark filled waters of Noel and Liam Gallagher's relationship to be turbulent. This takes nothing from the importance of the Musicology and enticing lyrical complexity, embedded deeply within Definitely Maybe's Wall of sound.
First out on center stage, with its arms folded behind it's back and chin jutting to the sky, is 'Rock and Roll star'. Powerful and uncompromising in its approach, this energetic and confident start to the album sets the scene for others to follow. 'Supersonic', 'Columbia' and 'Bring it On Down' show a similar trend, beautiful distorted guitars and upbeat drums that make you feel like you're part of a scene. The anthem 'live forever', ironic with hindsight, is the most memorable track of the album, and some would say their careers. Noel Gallagher is famously quoted as saying that it only took him four minutes to complete the track. 'Cigarette's and Alcohol', with it's crunching opening guitar riff, brings an honest viewpoint of 90's Britain. The album then concludes with 'Married With Children', simplistic within its compositional attributes although poignant to everyone.
The album is a reflection on Working Class life within the early 1990's. I can still remember seeing them live in Bournemouth, a cigarette hanging out of my mouth, and a beer in hand...it was incredible. But part of what pulled so many people towards Oasis, would eventually be their down fall. Definitely Maybe is not just an important album because of its music, but it also signified a change in political power and public thinking...not unlike that of the Beatles in the 60's
The was Oasis's first album and it is definitley their best effort to date. In fact it is one of the best albums ever and forms part of a generations education. It has sold over 2.1 million copies in the uk and has also sold over 1 million copies in america, not bad considering most of the songs were wrote in a builders shed. Definitely maybe has often placed high on the greatest albums ever charts, often winning or fighting it out Whats the story morning glory.
Right down to the music, how does that stack up?
Quite simply it is amazing. Every single track on this album is an absolute winner. The album starts with a bang with Rock and roll star, this song is fast paced and is jam full of energy. After this you dont get a chance to take your breath as you are taken on a journey of musical genius. I do not think any song on this album is bad, I could listen to it all day long. I think the track Cigarettes and alcohol really united a generation together and inspired them to change the country. This album as feels very home made and gritty which adds to the whole feel of the album. Throughout this album you can really tell that Noel has been heavily influenced by the Beatles and other 60's rock bands. The vocals which liam produces meet all of the tracks perfectly.
This album is fantastic. There is no other way about it. You have to buy this album if you have never heard oasis before, it will blow your mind.
Certainly among the finest debut albums made, Definitely Maybe exploded out of the sea of nothingness that was British music in 1994, the charts were dominated by 2 Unlimited & the like, and anything exciting or real was thin on the ground. Oasis changed that with this call to arms, a rollercoaster of a record which offers hope & instantly became the soundtrack to your life.
From the opening strains of Rock & Roll Star it is clear this is more than just an album, it's a statement of intent, The Gallagher brothers didn't care what people thought of them, so secure were they in their steadfast belief that they were better than everyone else, which for a while, they were.
I recall hearing & seeing the band playing Live Forever on TV sometime in 1994, I stopped what I was doing & gazed at the screen, straight after I knocked at my sister's door, as I had heard her mention a band by the name of Oasis. For the next year a cassette with Definitely Maybe on one side & the B-Sides from the various Singles stayed permanently on rotation on my walkman. By the time everyone else caught on about a year later, Oasis had already peaked creatively if not commercially.
Live Forever remains the standard of how to write a 4 minute pop song, taking on an almost hymnal quality at times. Cigarettes & Alcohol will get you off your feet & out the door quicker than any other track. On top of that Supersonic & Columbia prove just as addictive.
Slideaway provides the bottom of the glass moment an ode to the streets of Manchester, while Married With Children proves a change of pace, rounding out the moment on an unexpectedly quiet note.
It may be too late for this album to change your life, but listening to it will take you to a place so few records do, a place where your worries & realities are gone & only the joy of life remains.
Best ever debut album?
Well it's pretty damn good for start! Released in 1994 it sold 7.5 million copies worldwide. Ok so just because it sold a lot doesn't necessarily mean it's any good but put it this way - lots and lots of people must have liked it to sell that many! It received 5 stars from Q magazine and 9 out of 10 from 10 on release. Over time critics have considered it to be one of the greatest debut albums of all time ranking 6th in Channel 4's '100 Greatest Albums', 3rd in NME's greatest British albums ever and in 2008 a Q and HMV poll named it the greatest British album of all time.
1. "Rock 'n' Roll Star"
Noel Gallagher's anthem about getting out of the city and living your dreams. A fast paced punk classic, it reminds me a bit of The Who especially the waltzy part at the end "it's just rock n roll......".Best heard live it usually is one of the tracks oasis used to close their concerts to.
A psychadelic slow burner that was based on the coca cola song. A number of lines were all taken from adverts. Liam's vocals are excellent.
3. "Live Forever"
There's a reason why this song is always in lists for top 100 greatest songs lists. A heavy drum intro and then epic guitar solo. The lyrics are timeless "we'll see things they'll never see" and "maybe I don't want to fly, want to live I don't wanna die"
4. "Up in the Sky"
A stomping punk tune that starts at 100mph and doesn't let up.
Starts very slowly and gradually builds. Liam's vocals are once again excellent. Interestingly I've hread that this is Danny Dyer's favourite Oasis song (random trivia)
According to Noel Gallagher this was written within an hour, hanging around the studio whilst demoing another song. The lyrics are a bit out there and the heavy guitar riff makes this one of Oasis's best ever songs.
7. "Bring It on Down"
Like with "Up in the sky" this song leans heavily towards a punk sound raging fro start to finish. Fast Paced. The heavy thumping drums are superb.
8. "Cigarettes & Alcohol"
"Is it worth the aggrevation to find yourself a job when there's nothing worth working for". The main riff 'borrows' from T-Rex's "Get it on". It's a rebel classic that is one of the best examples of Owen Coyle's 'brick walling' sound first used on this album.
9. "Digsy's Dinner"
Perhaps the weakest song on this album its a chirpy, happy as you go along tune that actually includes one of the best lyrics in the album "these could be the best days of our lives"
10. "Slide Away"
A ballad in the middle of a punk album. Its a very sad sounding song that is another slow burner. I've heard this acoustically and it sounds even better.
11. "Married with Children"
Recorded in a bedroom it is a raw acoustic track that has a nice little guitar solo. A somewhat sombre conclusions to and otherwise raw, aggresive and loud album.
Arguably this is Oasis's best album. It is certainly one of the greatest debut albums a British group has ever produced. It is like listening to all the best British rock albums for the past 30 years prior (the Who, Stones, Smiths, T-Rex, Stone Roses) all rolled into one album.
Definitely maybe is the first album from the band Oasis, it was released in 1994 and had a massive amount of success with many successful singles taken from the album as well. It has since sold over 2 million copies and it still looked on as a great album even now.
The first song off the album kicks it off to a great start, its called rock n roll star and it's a really great fast paced rock song. Its got some really great guitar not only at the beginning but really running all the way through the song. The lyrics are great too and sung perfectly as well.
The third song off the album is live forever, it was also the first song from the band to enter the top 10 in the charts and gained them quite a lot of attention as well. Its not my favourite song off the album as it's a bit slow for me but it well written and I can see why so many people love this one as it is really catchy and has a great high note to try and sing along to.
Supersonic is another great song, its slow yet its really rocky with some great distorted guitar carrying the lyrics through the song. The verses are well written but for me its not quite as catchy as some of the others however it does have, like all of their songs a really catchy chorus.
My favourite song off the album by far though is cigarettes and alcohol, it's the eighth song off the album and its just a really great rock song with strong instruments all the way through backed up by strong singing as well. I just love this one and never tire of hearing it.
1. Rock 'N' Roll Star
3. Live Forever
4. Up In The Sky
7. Bring It On Down
8. Cigarettes & Alcohol
9. Digsy's Dinner
10. Slide Away
11. Married With Children
This first album from the band was an incredible one, I really didn't think that this would be topped but they went on to do even better in their second album as a band as well.
It's hard to believe that Oasis released this, their debut album, 15 years ago now. What a fantastic debut it was as well. Some might say, no pun intended, that it is actually their best album to date.
Very few artists have made the kind of impact Oasis made with their first album either before 1994 or since, you could argue Arctic Monkeys perhaps but you would be hard pushed to disagree otherwise.
All four singles are top notch tracks and "Rock n Roll Star" and "Slide Away" are probably good enough to have been released as singles as well.
Looking back at the chart performance of the singles it must be said that although "Live Forever" reached UK Number 10 and "Cigarettes & Alcohol" reached number 7, if you hadn't checked these stats out and had been asked to guess how well they had done, you would have put them both down as top 3 hits. They are two of the earliest anthems from the mid-nineties Brit Pop era and are instantly familiar to anyone who knows anything about music.
"Shakermaker" and "Supersonic" are also excellent efforts and the latter can often still be heard blasting out from any jukebox of repute. How can you not love a song that mentions Gin & Tonic, Alka Seltzer and the Big Issue!
You can't help to be drawn to the lyrics which describe everyday life. This is possibly another reason for the constant comparison with The Beatles. I feel this is particularly evident on the final track "Married With Children" which deals with domestic issues.
There is a fair bit of variety amongst the eleven tracks. You can contrast the short and poppy "Digsy's Dinner" with the heavier "Bring It On Down". The former track contains some elements, particularly the opening, that can later be heard on the track "She's Electric" from the sophomore album "(What's The Story) Morning Glory".
There are no weak tracks on this album. "Up In The Sky" is perhaps not as well known as some of the other songs but nonetheless is a good uptempo rocky number. If there is to be any criticism of "Columbia" it is that it goes on maybe a little too long at around five and a half minutes, although "Slide Away" is the longest track at over six minutes.
This album laid the platform for Oasis to go on and be one of the most revered and successful artists of all time. Whilst I'm sure the band are grateful that Alan McGee from Creation Records went along to see them at King Tuts in Glasgow, I'm sure the feeling is mutual.
Oasis are one of the greatest British bands of all time. So let's go back to the beginning and have another listen to their debut album.
Released in 1994, as Britpop was starting to sweep the country, "Definitely Maybe" stood out as true rock and roll, music with substance set against the noise and bluster of some other pretentious Britpop bands. The album stands out as being one of the fastest selling debut albums of all time. Oasis had already got themselves a reputation and had talked up their debut album to massive proportions. Fortunately, "Definitely Maybe" lives up to the hype and confirmed the band as one of the hottest musical acts in the country, and soon to be the world.
"Definitely Maybe" sold in enormous volumes (I believe the current figure stands at 7 million). And it's easy to see why. It is a return to basics - Britain has a good tradition of producing great bands, who pick up guitars and play and sing their hearts out. After grunge, and with The Stone Roses still absent, there was a vacuum which Oasis filled brilliantly. Their influences are well known, and this album is exemplary of their palette - The Beatles, The Small Faces, The Sex Pistols and T-Rex etc. The tracklisting is as follows:
Rock 'n' Roll Star
Up in The Sky
Bring It On Down
Cigarettes & Alcohol
Married With Children
Opening up with an upbeat, throbbing guitar track, "Rock 'n' Roll Star" is an ebullient affirmation of where Oasis find themselves, as Liam whines 'Tonight, I'm a Rock 'n' Roll Star', and somehow, as you sing along, you feel like one too. It's a great song to open the party with, Liam's voice sounds fantastic, the guitar playing is solid if not technically brilliant, and it is a statement of intent as far as the albums energy goes.
They follow this with "Shakermaker", which is not my favourite song on the album but not a bad one by any means. A lumbering beast, it rattles along on a wall of guitar distortion, and Liam's psychedelic vocals (the lyrics are utter gibberish, yet this makes the song strangely endearing). It is a rather abstract moment on the album, but the third song yields a second classic. "Live Forever" is sheer genius. A beautiful piece of music, that builds in intensity, sung like an angel, and with a killer guitar solo leading up to the climactic finale. Liam's voice almost cracks as he yells 'We're gonna live forever'. And just like their positive affirmations in the first song, you can't help but feel better about yourself. You really start to believe you could be a rock 'n' roll star and that you could live forever.
"Up In The Sky" is a decent tune, lovely clarity with the guitars and a great riff. Pop music by numbers in some respects but a brilliant lyric lies within: 'Hey you, wearing the crown, making no sound' - this is surely a reference to The Stone Roses having been absent from the British music scene for the last five years? And Oasis were now threatening to take that crown.
"Columbia" is for many fans one of their favourite Oasis songs, although it is little known by the general public. Gliding in on a wall of feedback, it has one of the most outstanding rhythms I've ever heard. Liam and Noel combine beautifully for the chorus, and the 'yeah yeah yeah' at the outro makes you want to punch the air in delight.
"Supersonic" and "Bring It On Down" again ram home the guitar heavy nature of the album. "Supersonic" is perhaps a better song for being played live when you can really feel its energy. "Bring It On Down" is an out an out punk song. Fast, frantic, nasty, it is eerily reminiscent of The Sex Pistols.
"Cigarettes & Alcohol" is a direct rip off from a T-Rex song. But, to paraphrase a popular X-Factor quote, Oasis take that song and make it their own. It seems to say that even when the world turns on you, even when you can't find a job, you can still have a party, still have a good time, but it's down to you. 'You've gotta make it happen'.
"Digsy's Dinner" is a bit of a filler, and a bit of a novelty. It seems out of place and is best skipped. "Slide Away" however is anything but and, in pre-"Wonderwall" days, was the most tender song in their repertoire. The guitar riff at the start is genuinely heartbreaking by itself. A slow number, the guitars are toned down but still prevalent, and combined with Liam's voice it makes for their most romantic song at that point.
"Married With Children" finishes the album, an acoustic, bluesy number, strumming out quite nicely. And I think one of Liam's greatest vocals too. His voice contradicts itself, portraying confidence and shyness at the same time.
So where do we stand on this album now? It is undoubtedly one of the greatest of all time, and has held up well over that time. It is fifteen years since its release and the fans still crave these songs at Oasis concerts. I am certain it will still be considered a great album in another fifteen years time and knowing what followed for Oasis, it could arguably be considered their greatest work.
Not only the best Oasis album out there at the moment, but one of the best albums of all time. Definitely Maybe is Oasis' first album and they couldn't have started their music careers any better. In this album there are 2 below average Oasis songs but also 1 average and 7 quality Oasis songs. The songs and my ratings are as follows:
1) Rock 'n' Roll Star - A great way to start a great album, a very unique song kicking off Oasis' music careers off with a bang. It is a very lively song full of decent lyrics and is one of my favorites. 8.5/10
2) Shakermaker - It isn't a bad song but in my eyes it isn't a single song standard. Don't get me wrong, this is a good song, very well suited to this album and fits in perfectly, but it isn't worthy of being a single in my opinion. 7/10
3) Live Forever - This song has grown and grown on me and is now one of my favorite Oasis' songs. Its genius in 4:36. Another very unique and brilliant song, brings the album up a star by itself. 9/10
4) Up In The Sky - Fantastic song with terrific lyrics. Its very lively and gets you in the mood. It has a well earned place on this album. 8/10
5) Columbia - Not one of my favorites, for me it doesn't deserve a place on this brilliant album, it is just too average. there is nothing special about this song, however it does not spoil the album. 5/10
6) Supersonic - Definately in my top three Oasis songs of all time. It is utter quality. I can listen to this song over and over and never get tired. The best song on the album by a long shot. Very lively, very loud, very good. 10/10
7) Bring It On Down - Like Columbia, this song just doesn't do it for me, it gets in the way of 7 other terrific songs. Too average. 5.5/10
8) Cigarettes & Alcohol - For some reason i just feel that this song should not be considered good, but i love it, its a great song, 2nd best on the album for me although it won't be to everyone's taste this song is one of my personal favorites. 9/10
9) Digsy's Dinner - What a song! The lyrics are funny, the best gets you in the mood and its just such a great genius song. So original its unreal, another song for me that shouldn't be good but is fantastic. 9/10
10) Slide Away - I love this song. The lyrics are class, the music is brilliant, i just can't get over how good this song is. 9/10
11) Married With Children - A very underestimated song in my eyes, it deserves more credit than it actually gets. Its very amusing, and rounds off nicely a splendid album.
Definitely Maybe is one of the great albums of the 90s. The debut by Oasis is definitely one of their better albums, if not their best. The album has a number of songs that are iconic and have great meaning behind them, and almost all of the songs could've been singles.
Few won't have heard of "Live Forever", arguably Oasis' finest song. Boasting great lyrics, an excellent tune and a fantastic guitar solo, this is an both an uplifting song and one that means a lot. "Cigarettes and Alcohol" is a song with which Noel Gallagher really wanted to say something about the UK at the time "Is it worth the aggravation to find yourself a job when there's nothing worth working for?" "Rock 'n' Roll Star" is about Noel's ambitions of being a rock and roll star, a well-known favourite amongst Oasis fans. "Slide Away", an underrated classic about Noel's girlfriend, and "Supersonic", a song that's really about everything from BMWs to doctors in helicopters. "Up In The Sky", another song about the failing conservative government and "Bring It On Down", a pure rock song. "Columbia", a slow song with some great instrumentals, best played on full volume. "Shakermaker", the bands second single is a nice and slow song. "Digsy's Dinner", a fun song about lasagne and strawberries and cream, and "Married With Children", a great acoustic ending to the album.
This is an album that truly defines the great time known as Britpop. There are too many great songs on here and you can't afford to ignore it as an album. It is raw Oasis, and definitely some of their finest work.
Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1994)
Producer: Oasis, Mark Coyle, Owen Morris, Dave Batchelor
Rock 'n' Roll Star
Up in the Sky
Bring It on Down
Cigarettes and Alcohol
Married with Children
Definitely Maybe is the debut album by British band Oasis. Oasis is built around the partnership of main songwriter and guitarist, Noel Gallagher, and his younger sibling, Liam Gallagher, who is the primary vocalist in the band. The rhythm section of Oasis has been known to change from time to time, but the Gallagher brothers are the core nucleus of the band.
Definitely Maybe was an instant success on both sides of the Atlantic, with our American cousins lapping it up just about as much as we did. At the time of release it went on to be the fastest ever selling album in the UK.
People tend to either love Oasis or hate them with a passion. I can proudly say that for a long time I fell into the latter category. A couple of their singles have caught my eye (ear?) over the years, but I have distinct memories of being bitterly disappointed with Definitely Maybe, after all the praise it had been given. You see, to me, Definitely Maybe will never be a classic music album. But what it is, is a very good guitar rock album, which keeps alive the spirit and essence of what unadulterated rock 'n' roll is all about - having copious amounts of fun.
Rock 'n' Roll Star opens the album and is a good example of what I have just been describing. I remember watching an interview with Noel and Liam at the time of release of their 2006 compilation album, Stop the Clocks. Noel explicitly stated that he considered Rock 'n' Roll Star to be their best ever song. I'm certainly in agreement with him that it is one of the band's best. The song is all about having fun, living the dream, achieving what you have always wanted to, "Tonight - I'm a rock 'n' roll star!" Everyone can identify with that, so you know, fantastic lyrics. The guitars crunch in an epic way, Liam's whine has rarely sounded better. Well, I'm in heaven.
Live Forever was the third single to be taken from Definitely Maybe; it was released a few weeks prior to the album's release. The song's structure is basic, without being simplistic. It maintains the feel-good vibe which carried Rock 'n' Roll Star so well, and it just makes you feel good about yourself. It's an optimistic song and I'm sure I've heard Noel Gallagher say in interviews that it was in direct opposition to the grunge bands which were populating the charts with their views on death and teen spirit.
I haven't sold my soul to the album just yet - I despise Columbia. It really hurts my delicate ears! It forces itself upon you in a less than welcoming manner and then proceeds to penetrate your ear drums with its mindless wall of noise. You can hear decent guitar work somewhere along the way, but it is all buried underneath deadpan drumming and awful production.
The first single to be taken from Definitely Maybe was Supersonic, which is my favourite song here. I love the authority which the guitar work has; it sucks you into a typhoon of Godly genius. Liam sings his verses with an impressive level of passion, the couplets are entirely nonsensical, but endearingly so: "(Elsa,) she's done it with a doctor, on a helicopter; she's sniffin' in a tissue, selling the Big Issue!" In my ever humble opinion, this is the definitive feel good moment on Definitely Maybe and the peak of both Noel's song-writing and Liam's vocals on the entire record.
I'm not a fan of Bring It on Down. Again, it seems to utilize the same techniques as Columbia, and it just ends up a dissonant racket. You can hear a decent melody bubbling away under the surface, but it never reaches fruition as the song is far too concerned with battering you into submission with its unpleasant squalls of noise.
I'm going to be a snob and tell you that I hate Cigarettes & Alcohol. Not just because of the 'borrowed' riff from Get It On by T-Rex (although, my hatred does mainly stem from this), but because it has been overrated to hell and someone needs to stand up and tell you how bad it is. It's a distinctly average protest about working class life. It's the musical equivalent to sitting through an entire day of Jeremy Kyle repeats while Trisha Goddard serves you tea. Seriously, people, there are far better moments on the album.
Slide Away is the last great moment on a very inconsistent record. Liam sings with a confidence not seen since his performance on Supersonic. The chord progression during the chorus is an absolute beauty and it really pulls at the heartstrings, the lyrics aren't too shabby either, "Now that you're mine we'll find a way... let me be the one who shines with you!"
I'm not a fan of Oasis. I said as much at the very start and my review has probably only bolstered this fact. I don't dislike them; I just find them inconsistent at the best of times, and I hate that they are championed as the best band to represent what British music is all about.
Definitely Maybe isn't a bad album, in fact, it's a good one. But if you call it a classic I will take you out!
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These Mancunian rebels burst on to the scene in 1994 with their sensational debut album, Definitely Maybe, which soon went on to become the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK. This album has changed my life in so many ways, I cannot begin to describe how much it means to me. A couple of scruffs from Manchester to become the best band in the world? Did anyone give them a chance? No. Did they give themselves a chance? Definitely Maybe.
The album starts off with a rocking intro, Rock 'N Roll star, where songwriter Noel Gallagher has written what he thinks it would be like to be a rockstar. this is often quoted as Noel's favourite song along with Live Forever (more on that later). "Toniiiiight, I'm a rock 'n' roll star!" Declares Liam Gallagher, singing his heart out with the voice that would transform British music forever. "If You're not down with who I am, Look at you now, you're all in my hands" the sheer arrogance of Oasis shines through in this opening track and states their ambition, that's why it is one of the best intros to an album ever, in my opinion. 5/5
Shakermaker is a bit of a slow down after the adrenaline rush of Rock 'N Roll Star, not my favourite song, but there are many people who like it. 3/5
Then Live Forever. Another one of Noel's favourite songs and one of mine. In a time when Grunge ruled the world, Noel Gallagher wrote one of the most uplifting songs you will ever hear, with inspiration lyrics and one of the greatest vocal performances I have ever heard. Ever time Liam says "Maybe..." it sends a shiver down my spine. This is without doubt one of the greatest songs ever written. "Maybe I just want to breath, Maybe I just don't believe, Maybe you're the same as me, We see things they'll never see, You and I are gonna live forever". From the opening drums to the final "Gonna Live Forever", it is pure perfection. 5/5
Up In The Sky. I like it, maybe not the best song on the album but worth a listen to, it's definitely a grower, the vocals are great on this track as is the guitar work. It is an optimistic, feel good song. 4/5
Columbia, one of their most under rated songs, Columbia is a spacey psychedelic, slow down fuelled by massive guitars and pounding drums. "I can't tell you the way I feel, because the way I feel is oh so new to me". The lyrics sum up Oasis's rapid rise to fame, or maybe Noel way just describing Columbia's finest export :P 4/5
Supersonic. When the drums of Supersonic start, you know that you are listening to the right stuff. Supersonic is a sensational song, in a way it sums up the band's arrogance, "Feelin Supersonic, Give me Gin & Tonic, you can have it all, but how much do you want it?", then you get to the chorus, "My friend said he'd take you home/ No one can ever hear him call" which is perhaps Oasis's finest chorus, only just behind Don't Look Back in Anger. This song is a bit of a grower but in time Im sure you will appreciate it for being a classic. 5/5
Bring It On Down. This Oasis song is often over looked, but it is appreciated by the fans as the great song that it is. Driven by an incessant drum beat, this song is more punk than Green Day's entire discography, "Your the Outcast! Your the Underclass!" Liam yells in contempt, "Your the invited guest who stays till the end!" this song for me sums up the spirit and attitude of Definitely Maybe and is one of the most played songs on my ipod. 5/5
Cigs & Alcohol. In my opinion this song is slightly overrated, but it is still a great single full of attitude, sneering vocals and catchy riffs that Oasis are known for. 4/5
Digsy Dinner. This is just a fun, light hearted novelty track, in the same way as 'She's Electric' from Morning Glory, and 'Magic Pie' from Be Here Now. Don't expect any profound lyrics, but it is catchy. 3/5
Slide Away. Another hidden gem from Oasis and one of the best songs of the 90's. Liam sings this song so passionately it is hard not get emotional and when the back up vocals come in near the end of the song, "Don't know, Don't care, All I know is your gonna take me there", the brothers unite in a moment of awesomeness, that I can't describe. The vocals in this song are superb and the guitar work is phenomenal. 5/5
Married With Children. A comical look ahead to married life, from the band when they were young, it is catchy and closes off the album really well. 4/5
Over all this album is fantastic, if you do not have it in your collection, give your self a slap, then go and buy it. This is a defining moment in rock history, from one of the finest bands to grace the earth. If you re a fan of indie, punk or any other form of rock, you really need to hear this album.
Released in 1994 for me this was the only Oasis album in which they were anywhere near as good as they think they are.
Many people say Oasis are a Beatles tribute band and while a lot of their later stuff does borrow heavily, this has a much darker Manchester sound and is what they do best. It is a fantastic debut, brash, melodic and exciting, I don't like Oasis and don't think they've come near to bettering this but give them credit this is one of the great albums of the 90's and there are some fantastic songs on it.
The album is really all about Liam Gallagher's snarling vocals and Noel Gallaghers melodies and song writing, Rock 'N' Roll Star is an anthem full of lifting guitars and Liams droll vocal it really is a brash self confident classic of a song.
Shakermaker is a great tune full of heart and excitement, Live Forever is melodic and anthemic. Up in the Sky and Columbia are fairly bland and showcase the music Oasis would be making for the next 10 years, Supersonic is fantastic, a really soaring vocal filled with anger and brash idolism. Cigarettes and Alcohol is my favourite ever Oasis song, it seemed to sum them up so well, the lyrics aren't groundbreaking but its a storming tune filled with an anthemic attitude. Digsy's Dinner, Slide Away and Married with Children are all decent songs, although not a patch on the various classics this album offers up.
The album brought Oasis to the public attention, the songs are packed with attitude, they are lyrically shallow but the tunes stand out and Liam Gallagher has never sounded better, like a young sneering Mancunian Jagger he fills the songs with his personality and they suit him, later records relied on silly lyrics which didn't suit the singer, this is made for him and while its an Oasis record it really is the Liam Gallagher show.
This is what Oasis do best, brash cocky anthems, they should leave the more complex tunes to better bands, they are a stadium rock band and this album should be the one they are best remembered for, a call to arms for a generation of music lovers.
The album is available on I-tunes and is a bargain £1.95 for the CD on Amazon.
This is is the album that introduced Oasis to the world and its some introduction. As a debut album its staggering in its confidence and energy, and there are absolutely no fillers here, just one great song after another.
The album was probably the spark britsh music had been waiting for a long time, and while the quailty of the band's output has dimmed over the following years, anyone looking for an introduction to the band should start here.
It contains classics such as Rock n Roll Star, Cigarettes and Alcohol and Shakermaker and a song in Live Froever that can feel comfortable in music's hall of fame. The album radiates energy, anger and cockiness, but underneath all that are songs that have been crafted by a talented songwriter in Noel Gallagher. While the songs rip along, the vocals supplied by Liam excude personality. The swaggering frontman came to embody the laddish culture of the 90's and nowhere more than on this album does he manage to walk the walk.
Definetly Maybe deseves all the plaudits it has received and can rightly be recognised as a great album, and possibly the finest debut of all time. The realness and honesty of the songs reflect the working class nature of the Gallaghers backgorund, and whilel Noel went on to write further classics, his songs have never been as soulful as the ones penned here.
Definitely Maybe was the first album released by Oasis back in 1994. It is widely known to be one of the greatest debue's of all time. So is this correct? Do I agree. In a word, YES!! But why is this album so good? Well I thought the best way to review it was to break it down into individual songs and review them. So here it goes:
1. Rock n Roll Star - Massive song! Shows what the band really wanted from life, of course they all got it. This songs is instantly recognisable, fast beat and great riffs. Classic - 9/10
2. Shakermaker - Quite an unusual song. Shows some variation from the band, still with a very raw sound. Again the lyric ' I'd like to be somebody else' show the bands desire to change there lives and become rock stars. I wonder if they would go back if they could? 6/10
3. Live Forever - Another instant classic. Unusual lyrics but a great tune. You and I are gonna live forever!! 9/10
4. Up in the Sky - Some cheeky rhymes though out this song, really make it quite a quirky little song. It just works. 8/10
5. Columbia - A bit heavier, still a really raw sound that the band has never been able to reproduce. 6/10
6. Supersonic - Possibly the greatest song of all time? This was the first song Oasis relieased, opens with the line 'I need to be myself, I cant be no one else!' What a way to open you careers as musicians. Inspirational. And the riffs are just perfection, is such a powerful song! 10/10
7. Bring it on Down - Not quite as good as some of the others, this is one of my least favortite on the album. 5/10
8. Cigarettes & Alcohol - Magic! Another powerful song that everyone knows! Big sounds, big words, rock at its best. 9/10
9. Digsy's Dinner - Another very strange song, all about Lasagne? Not quite sure about this one, still sticks in your head though. 6/10
10. Slide Away - Great song, great words, what more can i say? 8/10
11. Married With Children - Real quirky song, great to play along to, not quite a classic but a nice way to close the album. 7/10
Overall this album is something very special. It might not have the clean sounds of later works, but that raw passion is really in evidence. Its a shame Oasis can't recreate the sounds they made on this album, although a few songs dont quite make the grade the other songs more than make up for it!
If you have never heard this album, where have you been! You must listen to it, buy it, if you already own it, buy it again!!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Rock 'n' Roll Star
3 Live Forever
4 Up In The Sky
7 Bring It On Down
8 Cigarettes And Alcohol
9 Digsy's Dinner
10 Slide Away
11 Married With Children