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Dig out your soul is the last album which was released by Oasis before they splint and went there separate ways in 2009. This oasis albums once again split critics, some who said they were past it and should give up and others who said they were getting back on form and there would be better to come. So let me give you my two cents worth for Liam and Noels 7th studio album.
Once again Noel has contributed the majority of the tracks to the album with Liam writing 3 and Andy Bell even chipping in an effort. I have found this album to be a real mixed bag, some of the efforts are fast paced, full of energy and you may think you are back in the old Oasis days and some of the track seem sort of lack luster and a little limp and boring. Tracks that really stand out for me are waiting for the rapture, Bag it up, falling down, the shock of the lightening and Im outta time. While some of the poorer offers include get off your high hourse lady and soldier on.
It might sound strange that i think the best song on the album is one which was written by liam and not Noel. 'Im outta time' Is simply beautiful the lyrics and the vocals are hauntingly beautiful and a reason to buy the album in its self.
I do not think this is a bad album, it is just not a classic that you will want to listen to over and over. All of the songs individually are great, well most of them, but they do not all work together. A good effort by the boys but still more work to be done
The last Oasis album, like many of their later albums, is a solid if unspectacular effort. Lead-off single 'The Shock Of The Lightning' is a winner & typifies why Oasis were able to outlast all of their contemporaries & keep on filling stadiums all the way up to their final tour (in support of this album).
Liam Gallagher's songwriting shows signs of further flowering here, 'I'm Outta Time' proving his best work to date, it's a powerful effort & was deservedly released as a single. The 3rd single was the Noel sang 'Falling Down', it's not a track I particularly care for, to me it sounds like a Happy Mondays B-Side, but it's not hugely offensive.
The problem is the album tends to get bogged down throughout, it never really soars & keeps plummeting back to earth with a forgettable filler (Get Off Your High Horse Lady, The Turning). Bag It Up is a typical Oasis album opener, with Liam on fine form, growling the vocal, & Waiting For The Rapture is also notable, but aside from the first 2 singles, there's not a lot here that would draw me back for repeat listens. It's not that it's particularly bad, more that it's just not that good either & fails to capture the excitement Oasis could generate at their peak.
Dig out your soul is the seventh studio album from the band oasis, it was released in 2008 and it is also set to be the last album from oasis, or at least the last album featuring Noel unless he comes back to the band since his recent split.
The first song is called bag it up and it kicks the album off to a good start. It also sums the album up, or at least what most the songs on here are going to be like, it gives the impression that the albums going to be mostly a harder rock feel and that does apply to the rest of the songs as well. This one is pretty good however just not catchy enough to be a hit.
The first single to be released off the album was track number four which is called the shock of the lightning, it's a really fast paced rock song. Its got a really hard driven guitar chord sequence behind it and fast drums keeping the pace going as well, the lyrics are good and its sung well and I really like the style of how the lyrics fit the instruments as well as it really keeps the song going with little pauses. The song itself didn't manage to make it to number one which is a shame as I think it was good enough to do it as well and it's the strongest song off the album in my opinion. Also if the songs played backwards you can hear champagne supernova being played at the end, which is quite a strange little fact I found out.
I'm outta time is the fifth song off the album and also the second single off the album, its my second favourite song off the album because of its great lyrics. it's a really slow song in terms of most the others on this album however I really like it, its well written and its got really soft nice chords on it and even a piano which doesn't usually feature in many oasis songs.
1. Bag It Up
2. The Turning
3. Waiting For The Rapture
4. The Shock Of The Lightning
5. I'm Outta Time
6. (Get Off Your) High Horse Lady
7. Falling Down
8. To Be Where There's Life
9. Ain't Got Nothin'
10. The Nature Of Reality
11. Soldier On
Oasis are one of those bands that attained such success with their first two albums, that many criticise any new material as a way to satve off retirement. This couldn't be further from the truth. Not only is 'Dig Out Your Soul' just as good as any other Oasis material, but it is also a step in an interesting new direction. For instance the track who's lyrics give the album its title 'To Be Where There's Life' is the first Oasis song to not include a guitar and it is simply brilliant. the singles from the album also do nto fail to dissapoint. Liam's voice has undeniably strained over the years but this has not made it less effective. He brilliantly crafts and adapts his singing to suit the new songs. Making the band not only sound fresh but also very experienced in their songwriting. Since 'Heathen Chemistry' the band have just raised the bar time and time again. If one is beginnig their Oasis collection then i suggest making this your second purchase after 'Definetly Maybe' The sheer contrast will show how brilliant this band can be in so many styles and cement them as the one of the listeners favourite bands. In short. don't listen to those who say oasisa re past it. Buy this album.
This is Oasis' eighth and most recent album. Their last album was in 2005 whilst this was released in 2008. They have too many awards to count and have sold out more stadiums than most bands. Some people think that this may be their last album due to the ongoing feuds between the Gallagher brothers.
My favourite songs off this album have to be:
(2) The turning, a great song. It's a return to form for Oasis. All the instruments work well and the singing is great as well.
(4) The shock of the lightning, a great into starts off a great song. It's a typical Oasis song. Noel Gallagher did great work writing this song.
(5) I'm outta time; this is a slower song but still great. It is one of the few songs on the album that was written by Liam. This is definitely on my favourite Oasis songs. The chorus is great.
(7) Falling down, this is one of the singles released from the album. The drumming is the best of the album. The keyboard works well in this song.
(8) To be where there's life, this is another great song. It's a bit more slower paced. The singing is great as always. It's a great overall song.
Ok so it's been a long wait and whilst this isn't the best Oasis album it certainly isn't a bad one either. I definitely recommend this to fans of Oasis or even people who haven't heard them before.
Another great album from the best British boy band of all time but there are some signs of deterioration. In this album there are 3 quality songs, 2 good songs and the rest is pretty bad. But this doesn't stop me from loving the album, it's Oasis, so it can be forgiven. But even with 6 pretty bad songs, anybody that says Oasis are on their way out are talking a load of rubbish. Every band has there bad songs and unfortunately a few of Oasis' are in this album. The songs and my ratings are as follows:
1 - Bag It Up - Like most Oasis albums, Dig Out Your Soul gets off to a good start. I immediately took to this song and although its not their best, it certainly isn't their worst either. A very lively song like most of Oasis' songs and its place in the album is well deserved. 7.5/10
2 - The Turning - Not seen as one of the greatest by most Oasis fans but i really like it, i think this song is a bit similar to bag it up but it is much better and it raises the profile of this album considerably. It is a very groovy and lively song and is a personal favorite of mine. 8.5/10
3 - Waiting For The Rapture - Oh dear. After such a great song, this is such a disappointment. It must be a very acquired taste as this song does nothing for me. No place on this album for this song. 5/10
4 - Shock Of The Lightning - Now thats what i'm talking about. This song alone should silence any critics of Oasis. It is a very typical Oasis song but in no way is that bad. One of the best. 10/10
5 - I'm Outta Time - A very different Oasis song yet a fantastic song. Only Oasis could have executed this song as well as they did. It is a genius song that a can't stop listening to. A very slow moving song and a very good song. 9.5/10
6 - Get Off Your High Horse Lady - Oh dear oh dear oh dear. The worst Oasis song of all time. I loath it, i can't stand this song which is saying something because i love Oasis. This is the only Oasis song that i actually can't bear to listen to. A very unique song. A very bad song. 0/10
7 - Falling Down - This song effectively saves the album for me, because after this song, its not very good. Falling Down is my most listened to Oasis song at the moment it is very unique, and extremely good. Its not very good live unfortunately, but its brilliant on the album. 11/10
8 - To Be Where There's Life - No, no, no. 4/10
9 - Ain't Got Nothin - The title just about sums up the song, another very disappointing song that doesn't do anything for me, not Oasis standard by any means. 3/10
10 - Nature Of Reality - Well it couldn't really get much worse than the last two songs and this song has a bit of glimmer of hope but not a lot. 5/10
11 - Soldier On - What a way to end an album. Not! Oasis normally have a good habbit of ending their albums on a high note. But not this time, not good at all. 2/10
For a few years now people have been slating Oasis saying that they have past it and can't make good music anymore...
all i have to say is that is rubbish.
If your after a Definitely Maybe or What's The Story Morning Glory, well this isn't it, but it is the best Oasis album since Morning Glory.
Oasis have grown up and with them so has their music, out are the more pop tunes and in comes the pure rock 'n' roll with thumping drum beats and heavy guitar playing.
Noel isn't writing all the songs anymore which has given a more varied sound. Easily the best non Noel song to come from Oasis is I'm Outta Time, which was written by Liam about his idol, John Lennon. This is sung with true meaning by Liam which as it's about his idol gives it a really haunting sound.
If thats not your cup of tea you can listen to The Shock of The Lightning, which is fast, load and full of adrenaline which would not be out of place on DM or WTSMG.
Falling Down is fast becoming a live fans favourite along with To Be Where There's Life and The Turning.
If your an Oasis fan then i'm sure you already have this album, if your not then you should still get this album as it proves Oasis DO still have IT and not only can Noel still write good songs but Liam is joing in aswell.
The gallaghers have for many years recieved a very lackluster response when the headlines in sunday supplements start to reel off the old favourites again; 'Be Here Now.... Again?' 'Definately, Maybe, This Time?' However, The fact of the matter is Noel isnt a post adoloscent with a dream any more, and the other four, just will never walk on water like old monobrow must of felt he was near experiencing during the dizzy A lister days of the 90's.
Dig out your soul is the latest offering from the burnage 2, its offering is good but not A+. As you listen to it, it kind of feels like your waiting for your GSCEs results hoping, pining for the top grade, but knowing you will be greatfully satisfied if you get the C. And thats exactly what Dig Out Your Soul Is, Satisfying. The truely great moments of the Album (To Be Where Theres Life, I'm Outta Time, The Turning, Falling Down.) are too often overshadowed by some very questionable examples of song writing (The rest of the album).
Liams songwriting is the main talking point throughout the other reviews surrounding this album, and i must agree it has improved 'I'm Outta Time' vs. 'Little James' is without exaggeration a battle not to disimilar to the talent battle that would be 'Elvis' vs. Well any mis understood individual that strung themselves along to an x factor audition.
Definately worth buying? Maybe!
Obvious question out the way first...."is it better than Definitely Maybe or What's The Story Morning Glory?".....no, in my opinion. In my opinion it is, however, the "best of the rest". The songs range from all out rockers (The Shock Of The Lightning) to soulful ballads (Im Outta Time) and cover a few areas in between, mainly "psychedelic". Falling Down is probably the most psychedelic thing to hit the charts in many a year. Im Outta Time probably steals the show on here and is as good a song as Liam Gallagher has or possibly will ever write. Its Songbirds bigger brother and does a good job of making up for Little James. The other songs range from "wow" to "so-so", with The Nature Of Reality being the weakest song to my ears. After a "return to form " with Dont Believe The Truth, they've gone one better with the follow up.
The latest and most diverse of Oasis albums with everyone doing something, a good album but if Oasis want to make more classic album, Noel writes and Liam sings, leave the experimenting to the b-sides!!!
Bag it up : Very gritty song, the minute it starts you know your listening to an Oasis record. Liam and the guitars sound superb in this, a great album opener. 8/10
The Turning : I get a reminder of Be Here Now and magic pie from this song, not sure why though. Very good song going from loud and in your face to a stripped back sound, very good sound, you can here old Oasis and new throughout this tune. 8/10
Waiting for the Rapture : Noels first vocal contribution, he sounds superb in it, but it has a feel to it that it would really suit Liam's voice. Like bag it up it's a very gritty sound, it is, the to be expected, really quick song of the album, after a few listens you really enjoy it. 8/10
The Shock of the Lightning : Super song, super choice as the lead single, in your face Oasis song. Liam again on top form. Real easy to listen to song, a good link between the real early stuff and the newer gritter offerings. 9/10
I'm Outta Time : No matter what album Oasis have always produced one of these anthemic type acoustic tunes. For us Oasis fans from the start we will probably prefer others on the record but on the other hand its a song that will get your part time fans raving over. 8/10
Get of your High Horse Lady : Noels second offering, the weakest song on the album in my view. It's a very different new Oasis sound, very slow song, that dies away towards the end. 6/10
Falling Down : Noel finds his form and his song, he sounds like a real front-man. This is a truly marvellous song, great drum sound running through this offering. Any doubts still lingering by non believers about Oasis' "return to form" are truly quashed by this superb song, pushes Im Outta Time all the way for best song and could be put in any era of Oasis music. 10/10
To Be Where There's Life : The definite link between the previous album and this album. Quite phscodelic with a who feels love feeling to it, good steady album song. 7/10
Ain't Got Nothing : In your face song, with a definitely maybe feel to it, when you put this song on it sounds louder than the rest of the album. Again a good steady album, song. 7/10
The Nature of Reality :Very varied song that starts quick and dies off pretty quick and along with Get of Your High Horse it disappoints and brings the album down a bit. 6/10
Solider On : Good song, a solid song but in the wrong place as it just allows the album to drift away. It would be a much better song placed elsewhere, bad desicion to have it at the end.
The album starts on fire with the opening 5 songs really making you listen to the album, you definitely get a good vibe. The second half of the album is average with song 6 and the final song really bringing the album down. Falling down is superb and it's a welcome relief to hear it after Get of your High Horse. All in all a good album, in my view 2 songs short of being an exceptional album. Overall 8/10
This was a review I did on the old Oasis forums which are now defunct.
It had been a long time without any new music produced by gallaghes & co . The waiting would have tested any music fan . But at the start of last year a smile was brought to my face when I heard they were to release a new album .
One of my first reactions , and the same as the people I talk to about music , was :- 'it will never be as good as the old stuff' and in my honest word it wasnt . But they've still done an absolutely excellent job and it is a very high quality album .
From the highly publicised , with electro guitar blasting 'shock of the lightning ' to Noel Gallaghers relaxed soothing acoustics in 'Falling Down' , the brothers from manchester have once again produced .
Its one of them albums I can listen to start to finish , and its definitely apparent how much work and time has gone into the tracks .
When they appear on a stadium tour this year - including two nights at Wembley , I think they will get the deserved praise for dominating British music for a fantastic amount of time.
Dig Out Your Soul is the seventh studio release from Mancunian Britrock legends Oasis. It was released in October 2008 going straight into the UK Chart Number 1 slot and its first single, 'Shock Of The Lightning' peaked at Number 3 in the UK Chart.
For the few people reading this who are yet to hear of Oasis, they are a five piece indie rock group from Manchester who are quoted as inspiration for many similar bands, past and present. Oasis themselves were a product of the 80s Manchester music scene and are quite heavily influenced by bands such as the Stone Roses. the band is fronted by the Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam. Liam is the main vocalist and occasionally hits the musical peaks of the tambourine or maracas, whilst Noel is the lead guitarist and sometimes sings the vocals, usually on the softer tracks. Liam and Noel, as am I, are huge fans of Manchester City Football Club and have supported in through thick and thin, this being a distinctive characteristic of both the brothers. The rest of the band members have changed since the bands formation as the band has experienced quite a turbulent history.
=== The Album ===
[Track 1 - Bag It Up]
The song kicks straight in with a simple, thumping drum beat with a harsh guitar riff for Liam to sing over, quite a charged start to the album in comparison to recent releases, a refreshing piece of news for the more longstanding fans. Noel backs Liam up vocally right through the song apart from when the beat slightly subsides for Liam to take presidence. This is the first time I have heard the album and I'm impressed with the opener. Not Oasis best work, but much better than a lot of their more recent songs.
[Track 2 - The Turning]
A much quieter start, the drums are just as prominent but a little less dramatic. the guitar is slow and resigned to a back seat. There is some personality and distinction added by a subtle piano piece. The chorus ups the tempo of the song and Liam is allowed to go for it in his preferred style. The verses are quite civilised in comparison. The song is pretty good but it lacks any real peaks, more of a 'by numbers' track. Not bad in the least, but forgettable.
[Track 3 - Waiting For The Rapture]
The guitar and drums bang out a tune with a nice synchronicity here and Noel is singing this time. Therefore the vocals are a little less gruff and a bit more emphasised. The lyrics themselves incidentally are quite good, if a little challenging to make sense of as per any usual Oasis song. The guitar/drum sync tip seems to carry on for the entirity of the song, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not but the song as a whole is pretty good and again, quite different to the last.
[Track 4 - Shock Of The Lighting]
The songs feedbacks its way into a bouncing and minimalistic drum beat with the guitar employing a brand of rock inbetween soft and hard. Liam behaves himself vocally, not straining any of the words more than he should. (A crime of which he is frequently guilty - although that's half the fun of Oasis.) To be fair in the chorus he does insist on dragging the main line out. (" All in good ti-eei-eei-eei-eeime " in case you can't tell, it was meant to be 'all in good time') That's just me being pedantic as the verses speak for themselves. it is an energetic song and was an obvious choice for a first single, proving Oasis might be getting old but they're not past it yet.
[Track 5 - I'm Outta Time]
There is a backing vocal of 'La La La La' to open here. A slow drum beat and tepid, well-mannered guitar. Liam comes in with very mature vocals and really is behaving well this time, melody and harmony... TOGETHER!!! The bassline is relaxing and I really didn't expect to here a track so mellow on this album. I'm quite pleased with it all the same but its proof that they all grown up now. Even the older acoustic tracks had an attitude to go along with them, but the song has an air of men who have done it all and just want a rest now.
[Track 6 - Get Off Your High Horse Lady]
The songs start with a clapping in the background and a modest tune. The vocals appear sort of distant and are presented quite slowly. A more electric guitar creeps in after the first chorus and the drumbeat switches up a notch, as does the thump of the bassline although the slow backing guitar and the claps are still in the picture. The song, in honest is a little dull, I'm waiting for more to happen but I can't see anything else on the horizon.
[Track 7 - Falling Down]
This was the B-side the first single from Dig Out Your Soul and really starts much less abruptly than the A-side which it accompanies. The drums are quite heavy although the guitars are slightly less energetic. The lyrics are quite deep and Noel once again is singing. This song is caught halfway between a chilled tune and a pretty rocky anthem. Fortunately, this IS a good thing, the song is one of the best so far and it is probably the most intelligent offering so far.
[Track 8 - To Be Where There's Life]
There is a laboured guitar chord over quite a punchy drum beat. The lyrics are very suited to Liam and he delivers them quite typically on this track. The track is difficult to categorise, I would even go so far as to say the chord in the background sounds a little Bhangra. The songs picks up it's pace ever so slightly as it progresses and overall, not a bad track. I'm not bowled over thoguh to be fair,
[Track 9 - Aint Got Nothin]
The track begins with intention feedback, the guitars and drumbeat work in unison and back up the style of the vocal delivery on offer. The track is not all this way however. the guitars are unleashed for brief periods and Liam's vocals tend to vary from very rocky to a quite unexpected roaring almost. Not a bad track, but nothing better than 'alright.'
[Track 10 - Nature Of Reality]
Feedback plus maracas to open this song, then a grungy kind of guitar loop is added to a big bass drum and a pair of cymbals, with the ingredients making quite a decent tune for Liam to go to work on. The verses are isolated and feel less important when the bass drum is taking the lead. A few two syllable words turned into eight syllabled words and thats why I love Oasis in the first place.
[Track 11 - Soldier On]
The bass kicks the final track off, with a lethargic bassline and a basic punctuating drum beat. The vocals are slightly reminiscent of a cross between Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines and of course, Oasis. It's just so easy to distinguish Liam's voice he could never really pretend to sing like anyone else. As per usual for a last track, this is quite a mellow song in comparison to a lot of the others but it still has plenty of Oasis about it. The vocals are soothing in comparison to other songs and the ambience of the track is added to by a soulful harmonica about 3 minutes in to it. The song isn't miraculous or particularly groundbreaking, but it does exactly what it's supposed to, which is finish the album on quite a high and positive note in musical terms.
=== Overall ===
Firstly, there is a Japanese release for this album (which is the one I have) and it has two extra new songs. 'I Believe In All' which is quite a country rock type of number, the guitar probably is the best part of this song and it is quite a shame this song isn't included. Uplifting in comparison to some of the rest of the album. There is also an alternative version of 'The Turning' but not much special really.
To be honest, I'm quite relieved by this album. It isn't as good as the early days when Oasis still had all their youth and swagger, but it is much better than the last album 'Don't Believe The Truth' which only managed one or two good songs. The songs are a bit more creative and the band have tried to reignite their rock 'edge.' this album isn't exactly a 'must own' album but it is definitely a worthy release for Oasis seeing as it's their seventh full album.
The album is more than just one or two singles, it does have a time and a place, but if you get them right then this album should satisfy. Quite a good effort from oasis and it's pleasing to see they haven't lost it yet. Whatever 'it' is.
Compared to other albums, I would probably say that it was worthy of 3 stars. However, if I look at the product on it's own as a solitary item, then I reckon it deserves an extra star. When you compare it to Oasis in their heyday, it is easy to do this album an injustice, but when I compare it to everything else in the shops and the charts then I think 4 stars is deserved.
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I kind of agree with some of the other reviews of this album. I maybe haven't given it much of a chance just yet but i'm not getting the feel for it they way I have done with the previous Oasis albums. Some of the songs are ok such as Shock of the lightning and Im outta time which I had already heard before buying the album. I was hoping that maybe some of the other songs would turn out to be Oasis classics but after listening to them I don't think there will be anything on this album which will live up to any of their classics they have produced in the past. Some of the songs are pretty short and seem to have been thrown together for the sake of filling up time on the album. Im determined not to give up just yet and hopefully after a few more listens to the album on repeat in the car i'll end up liking it as much as I have liked their other albums! It has to be good!
A bit of a disappointment this album, but on saying that they are never going to live up to the first 2 albums they brought out.
The only 2 songs that resemble Oasis at their best off this album are the two that they have released which are "shock of the lightening" and "I'm outta time".
The first track on the album "bag it up" is an impressive start to the album but it's a shame some of the other tracks don't live up to that standard.
Although this album is an improvement on the last album, there are too many weak songs on this album for me I feel with only 4 or 5 songs that really make you feel like Oasis can re-produce the quality from the past decade or so.
They have tried to get back to basics with a good old rock n roll sound which we are used to with Oasis on a few tracks but overall not as good as some of the old stuff.
I suppose I am being a bit harsh on the album as most other bands don't last as long as Oasis and haven't brought out 7 albums of the quality they do but there isn't enough decent tracks on this one.
I cant really see this album winning them many more fans as it's just a mediocre effort.
If you haven't bought an Oasis album in the past then this isn't the one to start off with. Others are preferred.
Dig Out Your Soul - Oasis , Squint those eyes of yours, look through a microscope, scratch your head in honor upon how Oasis manage to make an album based upon The Beatles - the musicians that Britain made. Dig Out Your Soul and all the hype around the release reflects the impact that a band like Oasis have on the British public. I am aware that this review is about Oasis new album, but can you not see any visible influence here?
Not many real bands had this, other than The Beatles.
A post card I once bought quoted, Look at ME 'iM NoEl GaLlAgEr, while stocks last.I had this postcard when I was young. Here is the only reason I mention this, Noel & Oasis are still here, making yet another great album and managing to grasp the media with a truly spectacular outlook on current affairs through a set of Gallager eyes. If you don not own Dig out Your Soul, it may be a good idea to buy this as it is a real investment to add to your Oasis collection.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Bag It Up
3 Waiting For The Rapture
4 Shock Of The Lightning
5 I'm Outta Time
6 Get Off Your High Horse Lady
7 Falling Down
8 To Be Where There's Life
9 Ain't Got Nothin'
10 Nature Of Reality
11 Soldier On