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      26.03.2010 00:07
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      Worth the listen

      After the boys took a long break after the Flop that was Standing on the shoulder of giants they returned in 2004 to bring us Heathen Chemistry. In my opinion this album brought a little bit of form back aswell. While not being nearly as good as any of Oasis first 3 albums it was a step in the right direction.

      Typically an oasis album starts in a high tempo, fast paced manner. The first track 'The Hindu Times' is no exception to this rule, the catchy riff and the energy the song possess perks the ears up as we hope for another ground breaking album from Oasis. However once again a few of the songs are not up to scratch on this album, force of nature, hung in a bad place and born on a different cloud just do not cut the mustard. However this album has some big saving graces in the great tracks; Little by little, she is love, stop crying your heart out and my personal favourite Songbird. I think it is strange that probably the best track on the album was written by Liam and not Noel which is something on a rarity on an Oasis album. One of the low low point on the album is the last track 'better Man' I think it should just have been left out all together. It is a poor poor song with no sense or meaning, should have been left in the bin!

      Over all it is a decent effort by Oasis, was defiantly alot better than the last effort but not quite hitting the heights of the first three albums which we got. It is a good album with good songs, well worth a listen and there is something in there which everyone will love and connect too

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      25.02.2010 23:25
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      mediocre offering

      Better than the 2 albums that preceded it, but it's still a long way from the band's best moments. There are glimpses here of Liam's songwriting skill (Born on a Different Cloud & Songbird), & proof that Noel could still bash out a tune when called upon (Stop Crying Your Heart Out). But in between there is far too much filler for even the most generous of Oasis fans, it's not that there's anything specifically bad here, it's just that a lot the material is just plain mediocre.

      The band never quite recovered from the high of Knebworth & having decided to plough on into the 21st century, were almost reduced to a nostalgia act, their saving grace is that their albums always deliver 3-4 very good tracks, this is no exception - Songbird is a nice ballad & an example that less is often more, it's simple arrangement never feels forced & it caught on as a result. The same cannot be said for Little By Little, a plodding Noel ballad that seems longer with each predictable lurch from chorus, to middle 8 to verse. It's been done before, only a lot better. The same can be said for 'Force Of Nature' another mid-tempo track that goes nowhere.

      Yet there is hope in the form of Stop Crying Your Heart Out, a soaring ballad destined to be sung by fields of followers for long to come, it's the only single here, aside from Songbird, that I think works - the opener The Hindu Times is a parody of everything that was once vital about Oasis, while She Is Love is Noel's songwriting at it's most predictable.

      It's worth a listen as there are a few good tracks here, just be prepared to skip through some of the filler.

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        06.09.2009 16:23
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        a really good oasis album

        Heathen chemistry is the fifth studio album from the band oasis, it was released in 2002 and is kind of a look back to how their style was in the first two albums, there most popular albums as well. Their third and fourth had become much slower and not as rocky and so I wad happy to hear this one had a change in style and it had more of a rock sound to it then their two previous albums did.

        The hindu times is the first song off the album and was also the first release off the album as well, and it shot straight to number one. Its written by Noel and it's just a really good song, its got great lyrics but more than anything its got really great guitar and just a lot more rock fell to it than the songs they had been making previous to this one.

        Stop crying your heart out is my favourite song off the album by a mile and is one of my favourite oasis song from all of their albums as well. The song its self is fairly slow however it doesn't feel sad, it probably should do but the way the instruments are written and its sung it actually sounds like a happy song rather than a sad one.

        Song bird is another great song from the album, its track number five off the album and it's a short but sweet little track, it was also the first single to be release from oasis that was written by Liam instead of Noel, the lyrics are fairly basic but it has nice guitar to it and its very catchy.

        Little by little is another really great song, its got quite a sad feel to it and I guess a lot of that's down to how its sung, but the lyrics are also fairly sad as well. Its sung by Noel so it sounds a bit different but I think he has the nicer voice out of the brothers so I really like the sound of this song.

        1. Hindu Times, The
        2. Force of Nature
        3. Hung in a Bad Place
        4. Stop Crying Your Heart Out
        5. Songbird
        6. Little by Little
        7. Quick Peep, A
        8. All in the Mind, (Probably)
        9. She Is Love
        10. Born on a Different Cloud
        11. Better Man

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          10.08.2009 13:00
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          Back to standard

          Heathen Chemistry is Oasis' fifth album and see's the return to form of the Manchester band. After some somewhat disappointing albums in Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants etc. this album once again shows the earth that Oasis have still got it and are in no way on their way out. It's a good and solid album filled with softer lighter songs than previous album. The songs and my ratings are as follows:

          1 - The Hindu Times - As per usual another Oasis album kicks off with a bang. The Hindu Times is a good track but i'm not sure if this particular track should have been made into a single myself but the fact that it got to number one suggests that i am wrong. A good way to start a good album with a solid song. 8/10

          2 - Force Of Nature - Follows on perfectly from the Hindu Times although this song may be a bit more of an acquired taste. In my opinion it's a great song thats a bit different from the rest but well worth a listen. 8/10

          3 - Hung In A Bad Place - Not my favorite song for this album by any means, but still it pads out the album nicely and shouldn't be considered a bad song. 7/10

          4 - Stop Crying Your Heart Out - Just as I thought the album was beginning to deteriorate this song comes along. A truly wonderful slow and meaningful song although my first memories of this song was when England lost to Brazil in the 2002 world cup. But nevertheless it's a beautiful song and my favorite on the album. 10/10

          5 - Songbird - A very quick and to the point song, only 2 minutes long but this doesn't matter because the song is just right. Great vocals by Liam and brilliant lyrics as always. 9/10

          6 - Little By Little - A magnificent song with some great lines. It has a great mixture of music in it, thoroughly deserves to be a single and is up there with the best of Oasis. Welcome back Noel and Liam. 10/10

          7 - A Quick Peep - A sort of musical track leading into the next song. It's a bit pointless but it's not bad. 6/10

          8 - (Probably) All In The Mind - The worst track on the album in my opinion. Nowhere near the standards of Little By Little and co and shouldn't be on the album if you ask me. 4/10

          9 - She Is Love - It's very good depending on what way you look at it. It's very good if considered to be an album song, but it doesn't really stand out as being one of the album's greatest. 7/10

          10 - Born On A Different Cloud - Once again, a very good album song, well worth a listen. Not up to the best of Oasis standards but it's alright. Average. 6.5/10

          11 - Better Man - I don't think it really has a place on this album for me. It's good, but not great. 7/10

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          23.06.2009 14:07
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          Not nearly good enough from the band!

          Well if you have read some of my reviews you will know I'm a huge fan of Oasis. Have already reviewed some of their albums, so thought well here is another one, so might as well give it a review. Heathen Chemistry came out back in 2002. How does it compare with there early classic work? Is it any good? Well here is what I reckon to each song:

          1. The Hindi Times - Classic Oasis. Big sounds, big beats and big lyrics. Liam belts out the words and the songs moves along nicely. Very good start to the album. 9/10

          2. Force Of Nature - Pretty poor. Not a song I am a big fan of. Noel sings on this track and it just lacks any real power. 6/10

          3. Hung In A Bad Place - Another song that is just missing something. Its more upbeat than the previous song, but the words are nothing special and it just doesn't sound like Oasis should. 7/10

          4. Stop Crying Your Heart Out - A slower offering. Liam sings on this one, and it just sounds dreary and boring. Another poor offering. 6/10

          5. Songbird - Better. Classic Oasis, very simple easy rhythm and nicely put together. Quite a chilled out song and a good offering. 8/10

          6. Little By Little - Best song on the album for me. Noel sings again and this just feels like a really big song. It starts off quite slow and builds up nicely. This is from the Don't look back in anger mould and sounds great. 9/10

          7. A Quick Peep - Nice little instrumental. 8/10

          8. All In The Mind - An unusual song, not a bad one, sounds a little different from what were used to. 7/10

          9. She Is Love - Another good song. This album is probably the slowest one Oasis have done. Lacks the power and pace of others, but tracks like this still sound very good. 8/10

          10. Born On A Different Cloud - Another song that does not really achieve anything! It's slow and boring. 6/10

          11. Better Man - They need a strong finish. They don't provide one. This sounds like a poor mans Stone Roses. Not a good way to finish off. 6/10


          Overall would say this is not one of Oasis' best album, in fact would say it's one of their worst! There are to many poor songs on it. There are some very good ones to, but no classics that make the 10/10 mark. So if you're not a huge fan of the band, I see no reason why you would want to buy this.

          It just about makes it to 7/10

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            31.01.2009 09:13
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            Persevere, and you'll love it

            It seems Oasis are one of those bands who have fallen into the trap of setting standards so high with the early albums, that they subsequently can't meet them, and all their new work is written off as a poor effort. Heathen Chemistry, having been released in 2005, falls perfectly into this category. Upon first release, it didn't measure up to Definitely Maybe or (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, and was, in a way, regarded as a failure because of it.

            Is this fair, though? Do people only see it as a weak album because they're comparing it to masterpieces? Personally, I feel if the majority of current bands had released something this good, it would have been the jewel in their crown. It isn't quite perfect, but it certainly deserves a chance.

            The Hindu Times - A classic Oasis opener, and one of the albums strongest tracks. Great, snarling vocals and energetic guitars. A top quality track. 10/10

            Force Of Nature - A powerful, angst-ridden song, with a real punk feel to it. Sung brilliantly by Noel, it has an extremely memorable, strong riff. Perhaps not what Oasis are best known for, but an amazing track. Criminally underrated by most. 10/10

            Hung In A Bad Place - The first three tracks on this album are probably the strongest, and wouldn't be out of place in any of their work. Hung In A Bad Place is somewhere between the first two in terms of style - harder than The Hindu Times, more conventional for the band than Force Of Nature. Lots of energy, classic vocals, fantastic tune. Another 10/10.

            Stop Crying Your Heart Out - A much slower track, and one that is actually relatively simple. The vocals are repeated, almost like a round, and there is quite a sad, mournful feel to the song. It's an epic song, and sounds as if it's already being sung in a stadium. Great song - 8.5/10

            Songbird - A jaunty song about a new-found love. The mixture of a cheerful acoustic style and Liam's fantastic vocal works well on one of the shorter songs on the album, at just over 2 minutes. 9/10

            Little By Little - Another of the album's strongest tracks. Sung by Noel, it has a great melody and is extremely well performed. Reminds me of early Oasis songs, particuarly Don't Look Back In Anger. Another classic. 10/10

            A Quick Peep - No vocals this time, it's an instrumental track. I don't really like the idea as a whole, and it seems a waste of time to me. While, there can be no denying that the tune itself isn't exactly bad, it becomes a little boring, and is almost a waste of a track on an otherwise strong album. At least it's short. 6/10

            (Probably) All In The Mind - Thankfully, the blip doesn't last long, and the album is soon back to form. Another of my favourites, it has an anthemic, atmospheric feel, with incredible vocal harmony from the Gallagher brothers. I like it. 9/10.

            She Is Love - Another calmer, Noel-sung track. Another great song. Quite jangly, with a bouncy, happy melody and some fantastic guitar work. It reminds me of She's Electric, although the sound isn't really that similar. It's just that sort of song. 9.5/10

            Born On A Different Cloud - Longer than most tracks on the album at 6 minutes. However, it's another fantastic tune. One of the slower tracks, it has huge atmosphere and a really epic feel to it. The vocals are superb (again), and, in some ways, it reminds me of Champagne Supernova, or Let There Be Love. It feels much shorter than it is, and is very catchy indeed. 9/10

            Better Man - Sooo frustrating. The song itself is a fantastic tune, with quite a motivational theme. Again, there is a nicely epic feel to the tune, and the vocals are possibly the best Liam sings on one of his best albums, personally. So why frustrating. It's a hidden track song, which always annoys me - why not just have an extra song? On top of that, it's a ridiculous 30+ minutes of silence before you get to the actual song, which is no great reward, and definitely doesn't deserve it's place. The song - 9/10. The track - 3/10.

            It's a real pity that the last track ruins the album, to a certain extent, because up to then, it's great. Songs throughout that are of extremely high quality, and you'll fall in love with after the initial disappointment of it not being another Definitely Maybe. Some of the tunes, particuarly those at the start, would be perfectly at home on any of the band's albums. There are more than a few flashes of brilliance over the course of the album, although it certainly isn't without it's flaws. A Quick Peep would be skipped every time, if it wasn't so short that there's little point, and admittedly, it does help break up the album, which may be intentional. I don't see why, if they had to use a hidden track, they couldn't have chosen this though. The whole hidden track idea is stupid, and costs the album 5 stars. It's still well worth buying though, and marks a definite return to form for the band.

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              Pretentious lot.

              Oasis - Heathen Chemistry

              Let me say from the outset, I am not an Oasis fan. In fact, apart from the first couple of singles, I have found them to be self indulgent as a band, their music to be pretty 'samey' and the hype just that, hype.

              That being said, The Gallagher brothers have held Oasis together as a band for 17 years (with a few line up changes), no mean feat in these days of 5 minute wonders, so I have a grudging respect for that.

              This is their 5th album, released in 2002 (thanks Wikipedia) and the line up for this album was:

              Liam Gallagher - lead vocals
              Noel Gallagher - guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on tracks 2, 6 and 9
              Gem Archer - guitars
              Andy Bell - bass
              Alan White - drums
              Paul Stacey - mellotron on track 1, piano on tracks 2, 3 and 11, hammond organ on track 6
              Mike Rowe - piano on tracks 4 and 10, pump organ on tracks 5 and 9, hammond organ on tracks 8, 9 and 10
              Johnny Marr - guitar solo on track 8, slide guitar on track 10, guitars on track 11, backing vocals on track 11
              London Session Orchestra - strings on track 4


              The information above is from the CD insert, it is not my own work. The CD insert/booklet does little to confront my assumptions about this lot, all poses and throw away thank you's.

              The album actually belongs to my wife, so before adding to her iTunes playlists I though I should at least give it a go.

              ~~The tracks~~
              1. The Hindu Times
              This actually starts really well, lots of electric guitar riffs and heavy drums that really give it an infectious beat to begin. Then in comes Liam.....I can't help it, I can just picture him leaning forward looking all disinterested at the audience, mouth over mike and I feel an instant 'so what' coming on. Working through that, I have to admit the song is catchy in a rock n roll, later Beatles type way. The lyrics are pretty non sensical, 'get so high that I just can feel it'...how original. For the music, especially the almost Hendrix like guitar, I'll give it 7/10.

              2. Force of Nature
              Noel gets an outing on vocals here. The start of the song is a really infectious little drum beat and this gets 'met' with guitars and Noel. I have to say, I much prefer his vocals to Liam, more 'grown up' and smoother, Liam is just well, whiney. Another drug related song, well, drugs and money. I quite like the lazy 70's rock feel to this. 8/10.

              3. Hung in a Bad Place
              Nice start again, this is something the band are very good at and the lead guitar and drums are again most prominent here. Musically really nice, energetic, pumping. This would make a great instrumental, with the added value that Liam would not sing! 7/10.

              4. Stop Crying Your Heart Out
              Much slower song, much better vocal from Liam. When he controls his vocals he does sound very like his hero John Lennon, and he does here. This is a very competent vocal performance, very competent musically, and the addition of strings make this a very, very good song. To me, this is the best song of the album by a long shot, and probably, for me, the most 'noticeable' song in the last 10 years that Oasis have done. Lyrically it is also very powerful. The last minute or so when the song 'winds down' and is very acoustic is actually beautiful. 10/10.

              5. Songbird
              Liam wrote this, most of the people I know that like Oasis love this song. Sorry folks, it is just okay. Very, very Beatles influenced, not bad vocals, not bad lyrics, not bad musically, nothing bad about it at all, but nothing great either. 6/10.

              6. Little by Little
              Trancy, dreamy start. Lyrics on this song are really quite good, musically it is very slow to build though when it does, about a minute and a half into the song, it is quite 'rocky' and is not a bad listen at all. Noel singing lead again and this really gives it a different flavour than when Liam sings. Not bad at all. 7/10.

              7. A Quick Peep
              Just an instrumental that lasts just under a minute and a half.....and? 4/10.

              8. (Probably) All in the Mind
              Psychedelic type start, a la Beatles 68-70 and it does not change......if you had never heard of Oasis, then you could be forgiven for thinking this was a long lost Beatles track from their later days. Alright, I am exaggerating a bit, but only a bit. 4/10.

              9. She Is Love
              Slow start again, bit of acoustic guitar, drums backing and some Hammond organ. Noel singing again. Quite a catchy little love song, clapping and everything. But, I keep waiting for more and it never comes. 5/10.

              10. Born on a Different Cloud
              Another nice start quite 'out there', distant guitars lead and acoustic. Liam comes in and I have to say, it switches me straight off, he just whines. Again this is a song that starts to build and never quite 'gets there'. It is not a bad song by any stretch of the imagination, but, so what? 4/10.

              11. Better Man Contains a hidden track: "The Cage"
              Musically great, very 'rock' in an old school, American way, nice, and at least the vocals are their to furnish the song, not the other way round. 6/10.

              Then we get a 'hidden track', god I hate these, so blooming pretentious, just call it track 12 for goodness sake!

              Anyway. At about 4 and a half minutes in , we get silence....which means of course, most people turn the CD off....come on, what is the point here! Then 29 minutes later at 33.15 we get an extra track. Very psychedelic again really nice instrumental actually, but not worth the wait. Why, oh why do we have 29 minutes of silence, you pretentious, stupid idiots!!! 7/10.

              ~~~Finally~~~
              I was getting ready, as I listened to this album and was writing at the same time, to say, well, not bad. However, those 29 minutes of silence just sums Oasis up and justifies my statement in paragraph 1.

              What do I think overall? Well I will be uploading 'Stop crying your heart out' and care not a hoot if I never hear another song from this album, and those 29 minutes....please!

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                The album that bought Oasis back on track.

                Nearly a decade on from their debut album "Definitely Maybe", Oasis attempted to regain some credibility as musicians and not tabloid front page fodder. In the interim years after their second album "What’s the Story ? Morning Glory" was released Oasis was perhaps better known for their bad boy antics and not for their music. Noel Gallagher readily admits that their third album "Be Here Now" (1997 ) was the work of “two gob shites with a bag of Charlie” and that "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" (2000 ) was perhaps an album they shouldn’t have released. Back in 2002Heathen Chemistry was met with mixed reviews, largely positive but a few doubters slated it calling it mediocre at best! Some claimed it was Oasis in their post Beatles phase likening Liam to Lennon in his solo’s days and Noel doing a bit of a Paul McCartney. Certain tracks do make you think it’s heavily influenced by Lennon in his post Beatles era such as “Born on a different cloud“ “Song Bird“ and “Stop crying your heart out“. What is unique is the fact that this album isn’t dominated by the brothers Gallagher when it comes to song writing their co members Gem Archer and Andy Bell both contributed songs to the album abet one a piece.


                Heathen Chemistry was a revelation to me, normally Oasis albums grow on me, I tend to find my favourite track, play that to death and gradually go and explore over a course of weeks/months/years. I can honestly say this album has been played from start to finish umpteen times without the skip button being hit. Why? Three words can answer that- It’s simply brilliant. What you get for your money is an album that shows that Oasis aren’t just that gobby little f***er Liam Gallagher filling tabloid inches but a band that does have talent and just perhaps a softer side. Many thought songs like "Champagne Supernova" from “What’s the Story?” showed this but run throw Heathen Chemistry and it reveals some very poignant songs - the first to spring to mind is “Song bird” listen to the lyrics once or twice and you do find it rather unbelievable that the gobby little sod that is Liam Gallagher actually wrote this track. Before you hold up your hands and think this is Oasis getting in touch with their feminine side rest assured it’s not. It’s perhaps Oasis sounding polished, but still instantly recognisable as Oasis. Or perhaps they finally realised that nearly a decade after "Definitely Maybe", and "What’s the Story?" They had to release a decent album and just perhaps they finally followed up with an album that is in the same league as the first two albums.


                Opening with “Hindu Times” a track that could be best thought of Oasis hitting the ground running. It’s typical Oasis doing what they do best - a powerful song with plenty of guitar and drums and Liam sounding very much the Liam we all love. Some have said that this perhaps the best rock song Noel Gallagher had written since the Definitely Maybe days. What “Hindu Times” with it’s release some 3 months prior to the album coming out was rekindle the memories of the fans from the ‘93 days and get them thinking that just perhaps Oasis were back on form and not just a band living off their past glories. In my mind "Hindu Times" is indeed an excellent song that wouldn’t be too much out of place on either "Definitely Maybe" or "What’s the Story?" It’s a great opener to this album but shouldn’t be taken as an indication as to what’s in store for you. One thing Heathen Chemistry isn’t is an album trying to live the past glories of the early releases, it’s an album that shows Oasis is a band that is still good but has perhaps just matured a wee bit.


                Much has happened in Noel Gallagher’s love life since he wrote “Wonderwall” about Meg Matthews, “Force of Nature” screams in best bitchfest way of a not so veiled pop at Ms Matthews. There’s no hiding who Noels talking about in this track with lyrics such as “"Smoking all my stash/Burning all my cash/Bet you knew right away/It's all over town that the sun's going down on the days of your easy life" Add to the fact you have Noel on vocals this track appears to be pointing the finger firmly in Ms Matthews direction. In an interview in Q magazine at the time of Heathen Chemistry’s release Noel vehemently denied that this track was a pop at anyone. “Force of Nature” opens with an almost Slade like sounding opening bars with typical Sladesque drum beats, for a few fleeting seconds on first listening I did wonder when Noddy Holder was going to pop up! It soon reverts back to true Oasis style abet minus Liam on vocals. If there is one track that could be deemed a “grower” than this would have to be it.


                “Hung in a bad place“, is the first none Gallagher Brothers written piece apart from cover versions to appear on an Oasis album. Written by guitarist Gem Archer, it’s one of those tracks that does take you a bit to actually get into, that’s not to say it isn’t a good track it is and couldn’t be classed as an album filler. Unfortunately the lyrics are drowned out in places. The high light of the track must some rather spectacular guitar playing. It’s a decent enough track but not one of my favourites.


                Add the London Session Orchestra, some stunning drumming, electric and acoustic guitar, both the Gallagher brothers on vocals with some very poignant lyrics and you have one hellva good song. “Stop crying your heart” out is pure class, some have said this was the song of Noel Gallagher’s life but I beg to differ. It is indeed a superb song and one of the highlights on Heathen Chemistry but it is by no means his best. It grabs you for all the right reasons and it’s a track I can listen to over and over. Die hard Oasis fan’s will probably disagree and see it as middle of the road pop but I rather like it! It’s one of those tracks that will have you singing along by the second listen.


                I’m no big fan of Liam Gallagher, I think the bloke is a prize idiot to put it politely but you know something the gobby one who can fill tabloid inches at a drop of a hat finally redeems himself just a little bit with the Lennonesque sounding Song Bird! I like thousands of others did a double tack the first time I heard this acoustic track! I mean come on with lyrics like "Going to write a song so she can see,
                Give her all the love she gives to me, Talk of better days that have yet to come,
                I've never felt this love from anyone…………She‘s not anyone".this is not the Liam Gallagher we all know from his antic’s in the press is it? It’s by know means one of those tracks you’d add to your Top 10 favourite songs list a few years down the line but it is outstanding for it’s pure simplicity both musically and lyrically.


                The one thing that Noel Gallagher can do extremely well is write a ballad, with “Little By Little” he comes up with the goods again. Perhaps not one of his greatest but “Little By Little” is one of those tracks you just can’t help but sing along to. Noel takes over the vocals and does a very good job in a track that starts of very slowly and melodically, livening up with an electric guitar solo in the middle. If I was to pick out one track on Heathen Chemistry it would have to be “Little By Little” for it’s poignant lyrics given the Oasis touch, it works honestly!


                I’m not a great fan of instrumentals, this is not to say that Andy Bell’s offering on the album isn’t any good, just I keep wondering when someone, anyone is going to start singing. Thankfully it’s only 1minute 7 seconds of wondering!


                The album gets back on track with “(Probably) All in the mind”, what you have here is another of those tracks you just know is Oasis doing what Oasis do best. It’s back to basics with this track, throw in some great guitar and bass playing, add a snarling, growling Mr Gallagher junior with some soul searching lyrics and you’ve got the ideal recipe for a great oasis track. Unfortunately it lacks something and for me it’s not one of the high points of the album.


                Noel Gallagher said that “She is love” was written about those Sunday mornings when you wake up and your missus asks if you want a cup of tea and the day is perfect. “ She is love “ is a simple track and perhaps a very fitting tribute to the “missus” With it’s acoustic backing and Noel given a fairly decent vocal performance. It’s one of those tracks that grows on you especially when you start to look at the lyrics which are simple but very effective in getting their message across.


                “Born on a different cloud” is the second track written by Liam Gallagher for “Heathen Chemistry” I did a double take when I first heard it as to be honest it sounds like something you’d have found on a Lennon solo album. That’s not to say it’s not a good track it is but the similarities with a Lennon solo track are very obvious, especially at the start. It’s one of those tracks that grows on you little by little(pun intended!) till you just can’t help singing along.


                With Liam Gallagher’s third and final offering, “ Better Man” you come to the conclusion that the younger Gallagher Brother might well on subsequent Oasis releases give his older brother a run for his money in the song writing side of things. Liam’s offerings on Heathen Chemistry have shown that he can write a decent track or two. He might have a bit of a way to catch up with his older brother in the ability to write a classic song but none of the tracks he’s written on here could be described as duff! “Better Man” is one of those typical oasis songs that works. Maybe a touch formulaish but you can’t help but singing along. It’s not a bad closing song, but if you can be bothered to wait another 30 minutes or so after the final bars have faded away you’re in for another treat apparently with a brief instrumental track hidden away so I’ve been told.


                Heathen Chemistry is perhaps the album that put Oasis back on track, giving the fans an album that is reminiscent of past greatness, proving that they still had something to give the record buying public other than photo’s in the Sun of Liam decking photographers. If they set out to emmulate past successes like "Definitely Maybe" and "What’s the Story? Morning Glory" then in my opinion they succeeded with "Heathen Chemistry". Buy it for “ Stop crying your heart out” “Little by little” and “Born on a different cloud” if not for the other tracks

                Noel Gallagher claims that "Heathen Chemistry" is the second best Oasis album ever, I’m not going to argue with that.

                “Cos little by little
                We gave you everything
                You ever dreamed of
                Little by little
                The wheels of your life
                Have slowly fallen off
                Little by little
                You have to give it all in all your life
                And all the time I just ask myself why
                You're really here”

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                  Signs of a return to form after their worst album to date

                  Having taken a large amount of criticism following their 2000 album Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants, Oasis returned with Heathen Chemistry. It was billed in the musical press as the album that would break them if it failed. The truth was that Oasis wouldn't let the album be the end of them. They've come a long way over the years and despite the line up changes were still making decent music. Of course SOTSOG didn't life up to expectation, when that level is set so high that most bands struggle to achieve it with a first album, let alone 4th.

                  From the fans point of view a lot of people were on edge to see how the new material sounded. By the time of its release a lot of tracks on SOTSOG had really grown on me and unlike a lot of people I had a feeling this would be a good album. My first impression was that there was a slight progression from the previous 4 albums. They seemed to have a slightly different sound and it seemed to all intent and purpose that Oasis were starting to mature.

                  Gone is the Oasis of ten years ago replaced by a more grown up band. It was clear that SOTSOG was simply a transition from one style to another. The early Brit Pop Rock days were over and now Oasis were starting to mellow out a bit, but still stay true to the style they had created. So rather than a number of hard and fast rock songs we now find ourselves listening to a mixture of slow mellow songs, blend superbly with excellent guitar riffs. There is still the sense that Oasis are as good as ever, they just decided to head down a different route.

                  That's also represented in the writing credits on the album. Of the 11 tracks on the album Noel has only written 6 of them with the rest split between Liam, Gem and Andy Bell. Unlike Liam's last effort at writing a song, "Little James" on the last album the three he has penned for this album are much better. The best of the three is by far and away "Songbird", which although based on quite a simple arrangement is a decent track and even became one of the singles off the album. His vocals work well with the slow backing provided by the guitars and the song drifts along quite nicely.

                  Of course the spread of writing credits also goes someway to changing the sound of the album. It's given Noel time to work a lot more on the 6 tracks he has written, rather than having to work on writing the full album. Both Gem and Andy have also shown they have a talent for writing as well. The track by Andy, "A Quick Peep" is an instrumental but I think it's quite a nice way to break up the album with something a little different. While Gem's track is more of the old Oasis but still highlights the progression the band has made. It looks good for future albums that they have so many talented song writers on board now.

                  The sound of the album as I've already mentioned has changed slightly. It's a lot mellower and that's clear from the guitars right through to the drums. The beat of each track is slightly more relaxed and the sound overall is totally different from the early days. It's more relaxed now and that seems to have seen Oasis return and meet the expectation. In places there is a slightly different side to Oasis, while certain tracks show they are still as rough and ready as ever, songs like "She Is Love" show a more romantic side to the band.

                  For me it is a good album. It's not far off a return to the early days as far as consistency goes. There are a few weaker moments on the album but that's more down to odd beats and riffs rather than entire songs. One of my favourite tracks on the album is the Liam penned "Better Man". There is something quite different about it. It's clear he's drawn a bit of influence from Hendrix for this track and it sounds amazing. It's just a shame the biggest flaw with the album also happens on this track. There is no need for the half hour gap to the hidden track and this is something that often frustrates me listening to this in the car.

                  Overall this certainly seems to be a return to form for Oasis. While the criticism of Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants will probably never stop, they've answered the critics with this album. Of course the press didn't seem to take to it but more importantly the fans on the street did. It represents a transition for Oasis and a slight change in direction. You could say that it's a sign that they are growing up, personally I'd say it's another great album from a fantastic band.

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                    Ever since Oasis' debut album Definitly Maybe came out a decade ago Oasis have been one of the biggest bands in the world. they followed up their fastest selling debut album ever with the equally popular (Whats the story) Morning Glory?, however the subsequent albums although great never matched upto these early high standards.

                    That was until Heathen Chemistry was released, this album is Oasis back to their best with 11 amazing tracks, the best being 'little by little' and in my opinion Oasis' greatest song ever 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out'

                    on this album everybody contributes (apart from Alan White the drummer) to great effect to the writing duties, in particular it is Liam who has shown the greatest maturity and improvment and all three of the songs he has contributed are alot better than his debut song (writing) 'Little James' on 'Standing on the shoulders of giants'.

                    the album starts as it means to go on with the first single 'Hindu Times' and the quality constantly remains high right through to 'Better Man'

                    You can sense that Oasis have grown up and the fluidity of the band is much better than on previous albums with all of the songs flowing from one to the other.

                    Quite simply this is Oasis' best album since their debut in 1994.

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                    ?Heathen Chemistry? is the fifth studio offering from Oasis, and I for one am ?mad for it!? Anyone who has seen Oasis play live in the last 2 0r 3 years will know that they still have the magic touch, despite the clammerings of many over the last 6 years that they were past their sell-by date. Fair enough, ?Standing on the Shoulders of Giants? may not have been a classic in the mould of ?What?s the Story?? but it was nevertheless a good album. With most great bands the story reads: first album successful, second album huge, third album sales drop off as the fickle music fashion followers move on to new blood, and albums thereafter only do well if the group can truly stand the test of time. So the decreasing sales figures are understandable ? it is rare for artists to pick up millions of new fans years into a career unless they expose boobs or bums (a la Madonna and Kylie!) Still, ?Heathen Chemistry? has won back many of the original fans who drifted away or ?blur?red into the background (ho ho) and became the bands fifth consecutive number one album. The ever-changing personnel remains the same for this album: Liam Gallagher (vocals), Noel Gallagher (vocals, guitar), Gem Archer (guitar, ex Heavy Stereo), Andy Bell (bass, ex Ride and Hurricane No.1) and Alan White (drums). We get more offering from the pen of Liam (3 songs, following ?Little James? on ?Standing on the Shoulders??) and one each from Messrs Archer and Bell. ?Some might say? (somebody stop me now) that this signals a drying up of Noel?s creativity; more like he no longer has anything to prove to anyone and royalties are certainly no longer an issue! In a recent interview he stated that he was nervous at handing over the reins to such an extent. While he expected the now legendary rows and yet another spli
                    t when the time came to discard sub-standard work, he was actually amazed at the quality of music produced, particularly from his kid brother. The album is the usual price in most reco rd shops (£12 or so) although I got mine for £10 by on-line (jungle.com and HMV are very good for that) and it's probably even cheaper on CD-Wow. The inlay does not include lyrics, just a series of arty individual and group photos and the customary thanks lists (which they insist on spelling thanx? aargh!) If you want the lyrics though, they can be found on the official Oasis website at www.oasisinet.com along with lyrics for all Oasis tracks, usual band info and even music lessons! Anyway, let?s look at the important part of the album ? the tracks. Let?s ?roll with it!? (I promise that?s the last one ? it?s out of my system now). 1.The Hindu Times (3?46) Written by Noel Gallagher. Sung by Liam Gallagher. ?And I get so high I just can't feel it? ?you're my sunshine you're my rain? A great opening track and first single from the album. Liam snarls his way through this return to ?Definitely Maybe? territory. The moody black and white video to the number 1 hit perfectly accompanies the song with Liam hunched over the microphone Jonny Rotten style and barium-laden milk flowing through his system for all to see! Lovely. 2.Force of Nature (4?51) Written and sung by Noel Gallagher. ??the sun's going down on the days of your easy life.? I assume that this song is about Noel?s ex-wife Meg Matthews ? the song is full of bile and the lyrics above sum up the sentiment beautifully. We also hear some thoughtful lines from the man who once admitted that he just made up lyrics to rh
                    yme and fit the tune! ?If what you seek is the wise man's treasure you know it's buried beneath your feet.? 3.Hung in a Bad Place (3?28) Written by Gem Archer. Sung by Liam Gallagher. ?I can say what I wanna, Feel how I wanna feel now.? Noel and Liam have been saying what they want to for nearly 10 years now, but here Gem Archer (now o n his second Oasis album) takes his turn. I think he must have borrowed ?Definitely Maybe? from a friend for inspiration ? this track would not be out of place on the band?s debut album. Come to think of it, it is very similar to ?Rock and Roll Star?. 4.Stop Crying Your Heart Out (5?03) Written by Noel Gallagher. Sung by Liam Gallagher. The second single fro the album and another big hit. If ?Hindu Times? showed that Oasis can still bang out a rock ?n? roll tune, this shows that ballads are still a forte too. The video revolved round a girl with a match ? did I not watch it closely enough?! ?You'll never change what's been and gone.? Does this signal an end to the bitterness and dwelling on past mistakes? I wonder whether Noel wrote this one before or after getting ?Force of Nature? off his chest! 5.Songbird (2?03) Written and sung by Liam Gallagher. The fourth and most recent single release ? the first by Liam and a top 3 entry to the chart. I know it?s old hat to compare Oasis to the Beatles, but this song reminds me a lot of ?Blackbird? ? surely a compliment?! Noel reveals that this song started off on paper as a song about Liam?s girlfriend ? his ?bird?. At the top of the sheet was a working title ? ?Song ? bird?, and it stuck
                    ! It?s a great sing-along tune with a refreshingly simple video and surely one of the shortest hits of the year! ?Gonna write a song so she can see Give her all the love she gives to me Talk of better days that have yet to come Never felt this love from anyone.? Whichever Appleton sister he?s with, she has to be pleased with this one (assuming it?s for her :-) ). 6.Little by little (4?52) Written and sung by Noel Gallagher. What a great track! The third big single release from the album and another drunken anthem from the pen of Noel. And try singing these lyrics on the way home in the car after a bad day at work? r> ?Y'know I didn't mean what I just said But my God woke up on the wrong side of His bed And it just don't matter now?? Louder? really belt it out! Now, that?s better. 7.A Quick Peep (1?17) Written by Andy Bell. Instrumental. I can only assume that Andy Bell didn?t have much to offer. However, this very short instrumental is fantastic. I recently noticed it being used as a backdrop to the snooker highlights on BBC2! BBC2 and Radio 2 interviews? how very Oasis! 8.(Probably) All In The Mind (4?02) Written by Noel Gallagher. Sung by Liam Gallagher. Fantastic! Stone Roses meets Sgt. Pepper! What more could a huge Beatles fan who found his adult feet to the early sounds of Madchester ask for? And to cap it all, a guitar solo from none other than ex-Smiths Johnny Marr is included! If Liam growls much more he?ll be getting a sore throat ? what will his a say when he gets in? ?In the end we'll leave it all behind <
                    br>Because the life I think I'm trying to find Is probably all in the mind.? Is this the mature and drugs-free Noel?s new outlook on life? 9.She is Love (3?09) Written and sung by Noel Gallagher. ??the thoughts you bring and the songs you sing are gonna keep me from the cold.? A nice tune, with the organ and hand clapping lending a gospel feel to the track. If my hand was forced, I?d say that this was my least favourite track on the album. However, my hand isn?t forced, so I won?t! 10.Born on a different cloud (6?08) Written and sung by Liam Gallagher. ?Lonely soul Busy working overtime Nothing ever gets done Specially when your hands are tied.? A song straight from the ?How to write songs? book by Lennon/McCartney. Works for me, though! If the formula has worked so well for 40 years, why change it? Don?t try to end what ain?t broke! This song contains Johnny Marr?s second contribution to the album ? this time the slide guitar and backing vocals. 11.Better Man (4?17) Written and sung by Liam Gallagher. It seems that Liam must have pinched Noel?s Stone Roses LPs. The rough guitar sound takes me back to the heady days of 1990 when life was simple and hair looked silly. I wonder if Noel had any idea what lay ahead for him as he was lugging gear round the country for the Inspiral Carpets? ?I wanna love you I wanna be a better man I don't wanna hurt you I just wanna see what's in you hand.? Have you got any idea what this is about...? ?And I know you'll understand!? There? you?ve been told! 12.Hidden track (5?49) &
                    #73;nstrumental. A nice tail off to the album in the style of the Modfather himself, Mr. Paul Weller. So how does Noel Gallagher himself rate ?Heathen Chemistry?? He says it is Oasis? second best album, behind ?Definitely Maybe?. It?s a difficult one to call ? I might rate ?What?s the Story?? higher as well, but who am I to argue, with no hit records under my belt! Keep rockin? lads!

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                      Oasis return from their unremarkable last album with a fiery, multi-hued piece that doesn't drunkenly overdo it like Be Here Now or rely too heavily on their carefree sentiment. It opens with the galvanizing The Hindu Times and then Noel Gallagher takes up vocals on the piano thump of Force of Nature. Hung in a Bad Place is a Gem Archer tune gripped by the ragged row of Liam Gallagher's voice. Stop Crying Your Heart Out gets carried away by its glimmering guitars, strings, and hopeful feel. Songbird is a minor classic penned by Liam, his vocals beautifully restrained, and pushed gently by a fluid music. Little by Little has Noel singing again, then there's Andy Bell's easing shortcut (A Quick Peep) into (Probably) All In My Mind, the fullest sounding song, and with the best interplay by the band. She Is Love is the third song sung by Noel, he wrote six on this album (he usually writes all) and it is pleasant enough, soon into beat-clapping. The next two songs have Liam writing again; the first doesn't have its influences all tucked in, with a kind of spacey undertow behind the slowly spun out vocals. The second takes advantage of Liam's guttural chewing of the lyrics and his brother's punctuations. The hidden track, twenty some minutes afterward, shows the band's capacity for subtle soundscapes. Overall, this is a very good album, pulled off with the puncturing open of the band line-up; the new songwriting sources adding a fresh cohesiveness, and Liam's vocals moving from his abrasive all-consuming bray into a wider territory, a more vulnerable, yet fearless one that lilts up and around the always alert musicianship.

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                        I was a massive Oasis fan in the mid 90's, but then I started to miss the point of what they were doing when they become more about their image and antics than about the music. I felt that they craved the press attention more than wanting to release good quality music. They were no longer the darlings of the music critics, and even their fan base was not what it once was. Would their fifth release prove to be the one that made me revert to my original opinion of them? ***HINDU TIMES*** For me, the best piece of music the band have released since 'What's The Story'. This is Oasis at their rock 'n' roll best, and the rest of the album is up to the standard of this opening track then we as listeners are in for a treat. It reminds me a lot of the music they released in the the mid 90's. The lyrics, guitar riffs and Liam's sneering vocals are back to the standard which made me like them in the first place. Instantly likeable, instantly memorable, and an instant hit. ***FORCE OF NATURE*** I have read a lot of reviews of this album, and one thing that sticks out in a lot of them is the continuous criticism of Noel's vocals in comparison to Liam's. I have to disagree with these criticisms (compare Wonderwall when Noel sings it as opposed to Liam and you will see what I mean). I do not mean that Noel is a better vocalist, he is just different, but certainly not poorer. All that said, this track is by no means anywhere near being the best on the album. It is just nothing new, and too many mixed styles (glam rock, rock n roll, folk) to be a winner. It is rumoured to be a song about Noel's ex wife Meg Matthews and her frivolous spending, but that was nevr confirmed. ***HUNG IN A BAD PLACE*** This track is confirmation that the Brothers Gallagher have released that simple is best, and they have returned to the rock n roll feel of their debut release Definitely Maybe, and I am sure that this was th
                        e brief Gem Archer worked to when he wrote it. Finally they have released that there is no need to fix something that was never broken in the first place. It is a track which is heavy on drums and guitar solos, and Liam's attitude just suits the lyrics perfectly. ***STOP CRYING YOUR HEART OUT*** Every album needs an anthem, and here it is for this album. It is a slow song with dramatic drums and string arrangement, coupled with Liam on lead vocals interspersed with Noel answering his questions on backing vocals. Too cheesy and middle of the road for a lot of fans, but for me this is certainly one of the high points of this album, and is certainly instrumental in my change of heart where the band are concerned. They are back to their best, and it is about time! ***SONGBIRD*** There has been so much publicity surrounding this track as it was written by Liam. Some critics have even gone so far to say that it is Liam's debut solo release!!! Liam wrote this track as a tribute to his latest love and mother of his second son Gene, and in case her name has slipped your mind it is Nicole Appleton, she of All Saints fame. I hate it with a passion, and I think it is the weakest song they have ever released, and how it ever got to Number 1 is beyond me! Simple is good, but this is just too simple, Liam's voice is just not suited to sitting alone with no musical arrangement to back him up, and it just does not make me want to really listen to it. It is little more than irritating background music which has been over hyped by Liam and his merry band of hangers on. ***LITTLE BY LITTLE*** Another gem of a track, and it rivals 'Stop Crying' as the best track on the album, and it proves that Noel is up there in terms of vocals. If you do not own this album, then buy it now, even if it is just for this track alone. Everything musically on this track is subtle and no single element shines through, they just all mesh together so
                        well. The lyrics are brilliant and they stick in your head from the first listen. It is a mellow track with a belting chorus. The whole track is just magical, I cannot think of any other way to explain it. ***A QUICK PEEP*** Filler track alert!!!!! Not a nice middle section, purely a track to fill some time when there was never any need to. What a waste, and this is the kind of thing which makes you wonder what their intentions are. ***(PROBABLY) IN THE MIND*** Another Beatles influenced track, but this time there is less Oasis and more Beatles. The vocals are inferior and the guitars are woefully below the standard we have come to expect from the band. It is too repetitive to be a winner in my eyes, but those fans who loved the similarities in the two bands will love this song immediately. I am sure it will never be released as a single though. ***SHE IS LOVE*** A controversial song when it was released, as Noel wrote it for his girlfriend Sara MacDonald, but when it was scheduled for release they had split up (although they have since reconciled), and Noel was very vocal that he did not want Sara to go through anymore hurt because of him. It is a nice enough track (although heavy on the Beatles influence again) and once again Noel puts in a strong vocal performance, but be under no illusions, this is no Wonderwall. ***BORN UNDER A DIFFERENT CLOUD*** Another track which has a definite and obvious Beatles (Hey Jude style) influence, and it is only Liam's vocals which stop this being a blatant rip off. Liam wrote this track and although it is much better than 'Songbird' it is nowhere near the lyrical standard that Noel has set since the day they came onto the scene. ***BETTER MAN*** A lovely bonus track (which you have to wait a while for), which I can imagine is a real knockout when it is played live as the guitars are outstanding. The third track written by Liam, and certainly the stronge
                        st, but shamefully many listeners may not hear it as it is pretty well hidden and many may not even be aware of it's existence. What do I think then? Overall, I think this is a strong album, and if it was released by another group if would receive much more critical acclaim that it has. I do like it, and I would say that it has rewoken my interest in the band, and I am sure I am not alone. The singles they have released so far will appeal to a whole new audience, and I feel that the credibility they had in 1995-6 is back as strong as ever.

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                          27.11.2002 18:26
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                          Another year, another Oasis album. Another shot of Liam Gallagher pulling a face, insulting someone whose views/music he doesn?t take to and declaring his love for a stunning young actress/musician. Another year for Noel to guest on a Paul Weller record, to slate someone of political authority he would have had tea with a couple of years ago and to declare once again that he?s in the best band since the Beatles. Is it any wonder that people care about an Oasis album release less and less these days when it more or less resembles a friendly chat with your parents? You know exactly what it?s going to sound like, you?ve heard before what?s coming next and you?re left in no surprise by the same old sounds left in your ears when you leave. True, there is little ground tread here that hasn?t been covered before. True, it?s actually a better effort than their last two LPs. True, Noel is still a bloody awful singer, but there are more redeeming points than criticisms here and after six months of allowing this album to be exposed by the radio, countless live Uk shows and the preparation for a FIFTH single (a first for Oasis in the Uk) it does have more to offer than it might first have been given credit for. A major problem that Oasis has is that people will always compare their new material to the output of their first two albums. ?It?s not as good as Wonderwall? and ?It?s a second rate Supersonic? are likely comments made on their recent work, but the sheer overlong racket that was Be Here Now and the languid, mostly downbeat Standing on the Shoulder of Giants didn?t help to enhance their reputation. A lesser band may have crumbled after producing such lacklustre efforts, but the sheer popularity of the Gallaghers ensures their staple in our lives. And they seem to be back on th
                          e up. Heathen Chemistry is a solid effort, but it leaves you wanting more. There is still a pining for the days of Live Forever and Cigarettes and Alcohol, but there are a couple of new anthems on display here. The Hindu Times and Stop Crying Your Heart Out are stadium-filling opuses on a grand scale. A hands in the air hedonistic sing along and a bittersweet passionate paean to getting over the past. The latter was aired on the closing credits following England?s World Cup defeat to Brazil and held a dramatically poignant note. It proves that Oasis can still capture the feelings of the people. The rest is a mixed bag of rock n? roll, mid-tempo shuffling and (shock, horror) mild experimentation. Gem Archer?s first effort Hung In A Bad Place explains exactly where it should have been left, a sludgy laid back rocker which Johnny Rotten would have sneered at and (Probably) All In The Mind is pure filler. Noel doesn?t help proceedings by singing on three tracks, the largest vocal contribution he?s made to a record. Of the trio Force of Nature is like an unwanted stone in your shoe, it drags, irritates and you just can?t get rid of it, She Is Love is a happy strum along with summertime eloquence offering a breath of fresh air, leaving Little By Little as the standout track with the usual Oasis dynamic: downbeat verse transcending to triumphant chorus letting you know that?s it?s all going to be ok in the end and that ?Little by little, I?ll give you everything you ever dream of?. With a brief instrumental penned by bass player Andy Bell (A Quick Peep) showcasing the potential of new songwriters in the band, this leaves the three tracks penned by Gallagher junior and what astounding listening they make. Liam &#
                          71;allagher?s only previous effort was on the band?s last record. Little James was a short lullaby to ex-wife Patsy Kensit?s child and although it was basic, struck a pleasant chord. His efforts here are far more interesting and at times breathtaking to the point that you contemplate whether or not they where entirely his own work. Born On A Different Cloud carries a haunting, lilting melody over Gallagher?s straining vocal and you genuinely feel his pain as he croons: ?Lonely soul, busy doing overtime. Nothing ever gets done?. It?s surprisingly good, but feels unfinished. Songbird and Better Man are even more pleasing. The latter a cross between an upbeat Suede and Blur in the days when they sounded like Blur (Parklife, Girls and Boys), this brings the album to a close and you can?t help feeling that the next offering will follow on somewhere from here. But it is Songbird that has generated the most interest and is planned for a single release early next year. Built upon a simple two-chord melody on acoustic guitar it?s pop perfection in two minutes. Blink and you?ll miss it, but it shows that there is more than one brother who can pen a hit single in the band. Fans will be waiting with baited breath in anticipation of what the sibling produces in the future. As a whole this record leaves more to the imagination than you might expect. After a few listens you will come back to regale in the aural delights of the more mellow moments, but overall there is little deviation from the simple formula that Noel Gallagher has made the group?s trademark over the years. You won?t find Blurs? 13 or the Manics? Holy Bible here, but as an Oasis record it does exactly what it says on the tin. With four songwriters making the cogs turn as opposed to just one, the future may hold more than is expected of t
                          he biggest band of the last ten years. Perhaps perfection is what they aim for. Liam recently commented that he was sick of being in the biggest band in the world and now simply wanted to be the best and to release the perfect recording. Here?s a tentative step in the right direction

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                            "Heathen Chemistry", Oasis' fifth studio album, sees a return to the band's more melodic days of the mid-90's. Though it is a refreshing change of pace from the overproduced "Be Here Now" and "Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants" LP's, "Heathen Chemistry" doesn't quite equal the awe-inspiring material contained on the band's first two albums. Nevertheless, it does contain some future classics that show the band is growing in a positive direction. Noel Gallagher has given up some of his songwriting duties on this album, writing only 6 of the album's 11 tracks. Nevertheless, he did write the first two singles, "The Hindu Times" and "Stop Crying Your Heart Out". "The Hindu Times" is by far the best all out rock track on the album, combining a classic guitar riff with a catchy melody. "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" is a classic Oasis ballad with an infectious chorus and lyrics aimed at lifting one's spirits. Though not quite as good as "Champagne Supernova" or "Wonderwall", this song is unquestionably a classic. New members Gem Archer and Andy Bell each contribute one song to the album. Archer's "Hung In A Bad Place" is a hard edged rocker with some great lyrics, but it's somewhat bland in comparison to the other songs on the album. Bell's "A Quick Peep" is a short instrumental tune that sounds like nothing more than filler material. It's a crime that this short instrumental was included on the album while Bell's catchy, uptempo "Thank You For The Good Times" saw life merely as a b-side. The album's biggest surprise isn't just that it includes three songs written by Liam Gallagher, but that these tracks are actually worth listening to. After having listened to Liam's "Little James" from the band's last LP, I had hoped that the younger Gallagh
                            er would forever abandon all attempts at meshing chords with lyrics. Fortunately, Liam learned a thing or two about songwriting since then. "Songbird" is a short but melodic acoustic number that will have you singing along, while "Better Man" is an electric rock track that's reminiscent of some of the tracks on the band's debut album. However, an album highlight is "Born On A Different Cloud", a song that is so good I couldn't believe Liam actually wrote it. This track's superb lyrics are delivered through an outstanding vocal performance, and the several melodic shifts in the song clearly illustrate Liam's growth as a songwriter. Noel Gallagher contributes four other tracks to the album, the best of which is "Little By Little". This track should certainly be a single, as it contains some of Noel's most profound lyrics, a catchy chorus, and a superb vocal performance. "She Is Love", also sung by Noel, is another acoustic number that, while catchy, contains some rather sappy lyrics that are surprisingly direct. In "Wonderwall" Noel wrote that "There are many things that I would like to say to you but I don't know how". In "She Is Love", he's learned how to say those things, but some feelings are best expressed in a less direct way. "Force Of Nature", the third track sung by Noel, is a mid tempo rocker that's been around for about two years now, so most of the band's true fans have heard it already. A song about someone who sponges off of others, this track is also reminiscent of the edgier tracks on the band's debut album. Finally, "(Probably) All In The Mind", sung by Liam, is a very catchy rock track with an infectious bass line and a superb vocal performance. This one is certainly an album highlight. So, the bottom line question is whether this album will result in a return to the band's glory days o
                            f the mid 90's or be as quickly forgotten as their last LP. While true Oasis fans will certainly find something on here they like, it remains to be seen how the general public will react to it. Does it have the potential to be a worlwide smash? Definitely Maybe.

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                            Track Listings:
                            1. The Hindu Times
                            2. Force Of Nature
                            3. Hung In A Bad Place
                            4. Stop Crying Your Heart Out
                            5. Songbird
                            6. Little By Little
                            7. A Quick Peep
                            8. (Probably) In My Mind
                            9. She Is Love

                            10. Born On A Different Cloud
                            11. Better Man.