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As many will know Oasis are one of the most iconic British bands of all time, almost certainly in the top 10, lead by the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel the bands impression in the 1990's and 00's have helped lead to a generation of guitar based radio ready rock. After their amazing break through album "Definitely Maybe" in 1994 and the follow up "(What's the Story) Morning Glory" (1995) and "Be Here Now" (1997) the band had put themselves at the forefront of British music before taking a 3 year break.
"Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants" (2000) was the bands come back album and their 4th studio release and their first since losing 2 of the bands founding members in "Bonehead" and "Guigsy" the bands original guitarist and bass players who's parts had to be re-recorded part way through the albums production. The album would receive a lot of public success when first released selling over 300,000 in the bands native Britain, though would get relatively mixed reviews in the media as the band seemed to be on the decline and their heavy catchy riffs of songs like "Wonderwall" were regularly replaced by more tripped sounds as the album takes a definite step away from their usual sort of thing, but how good is the album really?
The opening track from the disk is a relatively uninteresting instrumental piece (with a naughtily named title) though the second track "Go Let it out" is arguably the most "Oasis"-like piece on the album. Lead by Liam's unique vocals and catchy lyrics it has an Oasis feel to it but seems rather tamed in the musical department, a slight disappointment though an acceptable enough track to open the album (if you ignore the albums actual opening track). Though then the album gets a little bit different. "Who Feels Love?" for example sounds like a trippy track rather than the bands typical radio-rock (or "indie") and although Liams voice lends a sense of familiarity to the track it feels out of place when you think about Oasis. Though when it comes to this album, much of it actually feels out of place with what people may think of by "Oasis", and although tracks bear some resemblance to Oasis' "normal" music much of it feels like a pale imitation of the band at their best.
"Little James" is possibly one of the albums stands out tracks and sounds like some of the bands recognisable slower songs (like "Song Bird" for example) though even that feels a little dragged out and comes before the bizarre "Gas Panic!". A track that would feel more at home in an earl Genesis album than an Oasis one as the band seem to experiment one time too many. Sadly it's the experimentation that has left this feeling a little hollow and shameful.
People bought into Oasis for their sound and this isn't their sound, in fact not much of the album at all really shows the sound that made Oasis such a great band. Although it stands up fine on it's own as a weird and generally well made album, it's a let down when you realise who it's by. If you can let go of the fact it's Oasis you may enjoy the album, though if hear Liam and think "Wonderwall" or "The Masterplan" you will feel disappointed.
It maybe Oasis, but it's not as we know them.
This is where it all started to go wrong for Oasis, definatley their weakest effort to date and one they should have probabley just forgotton about. They are probabley trying to forget about it since the criticism they have recieved over it.
However one of the shining lights on this album is the musical interlude which is the first track on the album. It is typical Oasis fast paced full of energy and makes you want to fight with someone or something. Im not sure if that last one is a good thing. But it certainley worked in 'Snatch' and it does get you in the mood! But from then on in the album is a bit of a drab with no real musical hightlights. I would say most of these songs would be found at the bottom of the Oasis Barrel. One of the albums saving graces is Sunday morning call in my opinion this song works vocally and is just an all round a good track to listen to. It is not one of Oassis's classic tracks but it is a shining light on this otherwise pretty terrible album.
So over all this is a pretty poor album, I dont know where the boys went wrong on this album, maybe the ideas for songs just dried up, but wahtever went wrong it went wrong pretty badly. I would miss this album out if i was you
I guess this was the point when Oasis ceased being more than a band & became professionals. The departure of founder members Guigsy & Bonehead allowed superior musicians to be acquired to replace them, Andy Bell & Gem Archer eventually fitting the bill. Part of the problem is that while these players were a significant improvement on their predecessors, a little bit of the character of the band seemed to be lost in the process.
While neither actually appear on this album in any case, Noel Gallagher plays pretty much all the instruments included on the finished album, & the overlying feeling is one of a man under severe pressure, many of the compositions feel tired & the strain appeared to be showing.
Opener 'F*ckin' in the Bushes' became a live staple as the track the band entered the stage to & the first single Go Let it Out is also a new direction for the band & perhaps the closest they ever came to sounding like the Beatles.
Sadly there isn't a great deal else here to recommend, Gas Panic is a nice, slow burner but aside from that there is a great deal of filler here. The 2nd single, Who Feels Love is Oasis at their absolute nadir, spiraling into self-parody as if they forgot that the Beatles had done this much better than them over 30 years previous.
Also worthy of mention is Liam Gallagher's songwriting debut, unfortunately it comes in the form of the quite dire Little James, a hopelessly mawkish ode to his stepson. A couple of forgettable Noel tracks later & the album's almost over, yet there is time for one more Beatles 'tribute', the guitar solo from Roll It Over is a straight life from Lennon's Come Together.
The band recovered from this & went onto make better music, but this is arguably the band's lowest ebb, at least Be Here Now was spectacularly & hedonisticly bad, this is just plain dull for the most part.
Standing on the shoulder of giants is another pretty good album by oasis and was released in 2000. It was their fourth studio album from the band and it came after the release of two amazing albums and then the third which was still good but didn't quite reach the success of their first two. Therefore people were really looking to see if they could reach the highs of their first two albums again.
The second song off the album is called go let it out and was the first single released off the album. The song reached number one shortly after its release, it's a fairly slow song however its really up beat as well and it seems to be more of a celebration song than anything else.
Who feels love is the third song off the album and was the second release by the band, it did do fairly well in the charts however failed to get to the number one spot stopping at number 4. Its not my favourite though I think it's a bit too slow and there's not really enough electric guitar in there, it just doesn't feel like it ever really gets going.
Where did it all go wrong is one of the two songs on here that is sung by Noel, I think that he has a really nice voice though and its pretty different to Liam's so its good to hear a change in oasis's style of singing. The songs its self is pretty slow paced however its sung well, has powerful lyrics and the guitar is really good as well.
The other song that's sung by Noel then is track eight called Sunday morning call, probably my favourite song off the album, its sung just perfectly and I really like the lyrics and just every thing about the song really. It is another slow one though, like most he songs on this album and I wish there were a couple more rockier songs on this album.
1. F***in' In The Bushes
2. Go Let It Out
3. Who Feels Love?
4. Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is
5. Little James
6. Gas Panic!
7. Where Did It All Go Wrong?
8. Sunday Morning Call
9. I Can See A Liar
10. Roll It Over
Although this album wasn't as successful as their previous ones I don't think its all bad, the style was tuned down a bit and these songs just aren't as rocky which I guess is what people wanted but I think if you like softer songs then you might even prefer this one.
Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants is Oasis' fourth studio made album and probably the worst. From the title of the album i was quite excited and thought it would be another top Oasis album, but i was wrong. Definitely Maybe and Whats the story morning glory are very hard acts to follow as they are two of the greatest albums of all time. Be here now wasn't quite up to standard in some respects so Oasis fans were hoping of a return to form with this album, but they are left feeling quite disappointed. The songs and my ratings are as follows:
1 - F***** In The Bushes - This is the point at which you begin to wonder about the album even before you've listened to it. Bad song title, the song is just a bit of music being played for 3 minutes or so with some people in the background shouting random things. A very strange song and the only Oasis album that starts badly. 4/10
2 - Go Let It Out - Hopes of the album are reinstated with this song. A very simple yet brilliant song, it was quite rightly made into a single and this song brings the rating up a star by itself. 9/10
3 - Who Feels Love? - Another song that was made into a single and all i can say is, why? It's not a good song, very slow repetitive song which shouldn't be on the album for me, let alone the single. 5/10
4 - Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is - A bit better from the previous song but then again it wasn't hard. This song is slightly better and is one of the better songs on the album. 6.5/10
5 - Little James - You could tell from the song title that this song was gonna be bad, and it doesn't prove me wrong. Not a good song, feels like it was written in 2 minutes and Oasis are on the slump. 2/10
6 - Gas Panic! - Not one of their best I know, but i actually quite like this song, more so on the live album but this version isn't too bad in my eyes. A very slow song that does drag on a bit too much, but still a lot better than some of the other songs on this album.
7 - Where Did It All Go Wrong - A very typical song title for this type of album but I have to tell you, this song is brilliant. Definately one of my top 10 Oasis songs, not everybody seems to like it, but i highly recommend it. Some good lyrics in this song too for a change. 9.5/10
8 - Sunday Morning Call - About the same sort of quality as the previous song for me. Definately one of the albums better songs and it really raises the profile of this album. Very Good! 9.5/10
9 - I Can See A Liar - Not Oasis music standard, it's just another average song that you'd expect Oasis to do better with. It isn't terrible but it isn't good. 6/10
10 - Roll It Over - Leaves the album on an average note. Not the best song on the album and certainly not the worst. 6.5/10
Well here is another Oasis album. I seem to have decided to review them all! Standing on the shoulders of giants was the bands fourth studio album released back in 2000. So what does it sound like, after a slightly disappointing third album (although better than most people think, see my review!) could they hit that form they showed a few years back? Well here are the tracks.
1. F***** In The Bushes - I can not understand why they start the album with this. Its just music being played with random people talking in the background. Very strange. 6/10
2. Go Let It Out - Massive track. The biggest track of the album for some good lyrics, a good beat and me. A song I have always enjoyed. 9/10
3. Who Feels Love? - Not a great song. Has an unusual sound to it, which am not to keen on. Liam really whines on this track. 7/10
4. Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is - Long intro of feedback before the song kicks off. Then its got that classic Oasis sound. Fast and frantic, a decent little song, although not a classic. 8/10
5. Little James - Think I'm right in saying this was the first song Liam wrote. It's about his son, and to be honest is pretty rubbish! The lyrics are awful, can see why Noel usually does the lyrics! 5/10
6. Gas Panic! - A really weak song. Has nothing going of it, is slow and boring. 5/10
7. Where Did It All Go Wrong? - I wonder if Noel wrote this about the album? He sings this one himself, and its far better than the last two songs. Has a good sound to it and some decent lyrics. 8/10
8. Sunday Morning Call - A very good song. Slower and chilled. Some iconic lyrics and a really nice feel to it. Even includes what sound like a choir in the background, very unusual for an Oasis song! I like this one. 9/10
9. I Can See A Liar - That's better! This song sounds like some of Oasis' early work. It's fast, it's raw, and it sounds good! Not great, but good. They need to do more songs like this one! 8/10
10. Roll It Over - A short album that need something big to conclude. It doesn't really get it! It's an Ok song but really lacks anything special. 6/10
Well overall I would have to say this is a very disappointing album. There are a few good songs but no great ones, and plenty of rubbish! This is for me the worst album Oasis have done. It's one I never really listen to these days and it just gathers dust on my shelf. Not one that needs to be in your collection!
Overall I'm afraid to say it only gets a 6/10!
What can you say about an album that was supposedly going to be the album that got things back on track but so obviously didn't? What do you say about the album that had to be re worked when half the band left and the other half you couldn't fall out with as he was family. I'd read the reviews, I'd seen the slating from certain quarters and I suppose I too was expecting a bit more well ok a lot more than I got!
Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants - Oasis 4th studio album released back in 2000 was perhaps the album that should never have been released. With half the band departing, Noel and Liam squabbling and supposedly it was to be the album that was to show the fan base who were mightily disappointed following Be Here Now (- the album even Noel Gallagher described as being written by two gob shites on Charlie) that Oasis were back on track, well it failed and miserably so in places. You know how you listen to an album and you just know that the heart and soul of the musicians just isn't in it? Well unfortunately Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants is one of those albums. Don't get me wrong in places you see the sparks of greatness but only in places. It is very much an album of two halves, unfortunately the bad half over shadows the good. It has potential, but unfortunately that got lost some where from going into the studio and the finished item. Some of the tracks could at best be described as mediocre others the only word that springs to mind is dire. From a band that does have talent and who has perhaps one of the best song writers of the 90's on board you do wonder why such offerings as Little James were given house room yet alone space on an album that should have been seen as the album to salvage reputations. Thankfully Oasis turned up trumps with Heathen Chemistry -their 5th studio album or else they might have been known as the band who throw it all away with such wonders as Little James and Fuckin' in the Bushes.
As you might suspect this isn't one of my all time favourite albums -it is one of those albums that if I'd have paid full price for I'd have been writing to the brothers Gallagher and asking for a full refund forthwith! As was I paid £1.49 on Ebay for it!
Now call me old fashioned but I do tend to find that opening an album with one of your strongest tracks actually works, you know a catchy tune that drags the listener in, involves them a bit and makes them think "wow that's good what else is on here?" Apparently it was the in thing to find the worst, the most dire - ok not the most dire track that comes later, the most user unfriendly track when Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants was produced. Fuckin' in the Bushes -the track that got the album the parental advisory stick is dire. It reminds me of the night my best mate and I went to see a band we followed in Hull only to find they were the supporting band and we'd missed them! Oasis must have seen the band we saw that night as every time I listen to this track I get flash backs to that night! Imagine a record getting stuck, imagine some one upping a bass amp and some comments laid over and you have this track. Experimental pop perhaps, was Noel going throw his John and Yoko phase? Who knows but it is bad. Listen once then hit the skip button!
Thankfully, the influence of Spike Stent - the producer who's worked with such greats as U2 and Madonna prevails and we are offered a rather catchy tune one that perhaps should have opened the album! Go Let it Out allows you to forgive Oasis for the drubbing your ears got with the preceding track. Go Let it Out was rightly released as the first offering from the album -you know the teaser track to make you go buy the album when it comes out. With Go Let it out you get the typical Oasis sound and yes it is good. If you were to give this album a school report style mark then Go Let it out would be the B+. It is good but you just know they can do better.
Noel Gallagher swore he was off the non prescription meds when SOTSG was made after listening to Who feels Love with it's blatant Beatleseque sound you do wonder! In places Who Feels love is so psychedelic it wouldn't go a miss on some greatest hits from the 60's. A grower is how you'd be describe this track. It's not bad but you would be hard pushed to say it was one of Oasis's better offers. It sounds too much in places as a blatant Beatles rip off given a modernisation in place. Mellow but lacking that certain something to make you sit up and say "Wow"
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is -you can imagine Noel and Liam squabbling as kids and slinging that statement at each other. It had potential, it might have had dull mediocre lyrics, but it had one of the best bands in the world and a decent producer to pull it off and they failed! Totally! In places you see the old Oasis magic but that get lost in the mirage of sound that competes for your attention. A track that would have been way better if the glam rock sound had been ditched and the old Oasis rock formula put in it's place.
Remember how I said this album should have been the album that paid back the fans for the mediocre Be Here Now album? So they gave you Little James instead. My Nan always said if you can't say something nice about something you shouldn't say anything at all unfortunately I've never subscribed to that mantra! Little James is bad, no not bad add the f word then bad and you might have it. I subscribe to the theory that Mrs Gallagher told Noel he had to play nicely with their Liam and that's how the cringe worthy Little James sneaked onto this album either that or Noel was off his face when he agreed to this cringe worthy dirge being added onto the album. As a parent I look on Little James with some smug satisfaction, yes I might be an embarrassment to Niamh as all parents are to their children, but at least 20 million or so people don't know that I am! Liam Gallagher penned Little James as a track for Patsy Kensit's son , yes it's a lovely idea. Don't get me wrong there are some wonderful tributes stars have done for their kids unfortunately Little James isn't one of them! Think Junior school poems with rhymes and you've kinda got the feel of Little James.
I did say this was an album of two halves didn't I? After Little James I was of the feeling they'd better come up with the goods or else! Gas Panic, restores your shaken faith. It's one of those tracks that Oasis can pull of and leave you wondering why it never got released as single. It's mean, moody and just Oasis doing what they do best. Liam Gallagher pulls this track off with a stunning vocal performance amidst some great guitar work. Finally you see why you bought the album in the first place. If there is one track that makes this album then Gas Panic has to have that accolade.
I'm going to have to confess up here, if I list my favourite Oasis tracks then 90% of them have Noel Gallagher on lead vocals, he might not have the same range or authority vocally as his brother does but he ain't bad with the right material either! "Where did it all go wrong" is one of those Noel tracks that you warm to instantly. It's poignant in places without being overtly slushy. It's not one of those acoustic tracks that Noel is fond of doing when he takes the mike, but it's just a slightly more gentler sound probably to accommodate Noel's vocal style. And on an album with such mediocre tracks it stands head and shoulders above some of the other tracks.
Of course I was going to love " Sunday Morning Call" it has the right formula for instant appeal. Take a poignant sounding Noel Gallagher, throw in some very touching poignant lyrics, turn down the amps just a touch and you have an instant winner on the slushy stakes for me. The track works because you have Noel Gallagher singing, to be honest if Liam Gallagher had grabbed the mike on this one the track would have been totally different, Noel Gallagher's vocal style gives him the edge when it comes to poignant tracks.
Ok Oasis does slush is over with the next track and you get back to what Oasis does best but unfortunately don't with "I Can See a Liar", don't get me wrong it's not a bad track just it could be better. It's formula Oasis - you know add a snarling sounding Liam, add in some pretty good guitar work, up the amp and bingo you have a winner on your hands. Unfortunately it just lacks something for me.
The album closes with Roll it Over, mellow would be the best adjective to describe this track. It works, it's not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but it has one of those choruses that you just end up humming along to. It makes you just about forgive the assault to your ears of the first half of this album and shows you why you bought the album in the first place.
Would I suggest you went out and bought this album? To be honest no. It is an album of two halves, the first half is dire, the second half shows sparks of brilliancy but it's not enough. If you were to go out and buy an Oasis album I'd suggest Heathen Chemistry or one of their first offerings Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants, unfortunately is always going to be the album best forgotton, the album that could have been something but wasn't. Rightly so it will always be in the shadows of Definetly Maybe and What's the Story.
For every band there is the album that everyone seems to take pleasure in hating. Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants was that album. It was released in 2000 on their newly launched record label and expectation was at its highest. After 3 decent albums the world expected Oasis to return with something magnificent, to top all 3. When the release finally came round there was an overwhelming feeling of disappointment, the music press slated it and so did many fans.
I wasn't that keen on it originally. I liked a few of the tracks, but didn't really take to any tracks from the first time I heard them like the first three. For me there was something lacking from the album as a whole, I couldn't quite put my finger on it and as a result banished it to my CD collection to start collecting dust. Then about 6 months or so ago I decided to listen to it again, I'm not sure what prompted it but I dusted it off and listened to it. After a few repeats of the album I really started to take to it. Turns out that it really is a long term grower.
There are a few terrible tracks on here that there can be no excuse for and even Oasis can't pull them off. For instance Liam's debut with a pen, "Little James", is really rather poor. In fact for me it's the worst track on the album and one of the main reasons it was cast into the CD case for so long. The beat is quite samey and dull and even Noel's odd introduction of live doesn't save it. Even Liam's vocals sound quite flat and uninteresting, which in turn brings the quality of the whole album down instantly.
On the other side though the album also contains one of my favourite Oasis tracks ever. Quite a contrast considering the song above is possibly the worst. "Gas Panic" follows straight on from the above and it's the perfect example of Oasis at their best. The long meandering guitar riffs are punctuated with an excellent drum beat that shows the glimpses of brilliance Oasis are renowned for. In fact that is pretty much the story of this album. There are some moments of pure brilliance spoiled by mediocre tracks.
It's still musically quite a good album and it's simply in the lyrics and vocals that I really felt it feel a little bit flat. There are a few outstanding tracks where the guitars sound amazing. The introduction of Andy Bell and Gem Archer seems to have taken the sound in a slightly different direction. With half the line up changing it was almost inevitable that this album wouldn't be the success everyone expected. I do feel now though that it was also given a lot of unnecessary stick. It's not the best album Oasis have made and in places it's terrible, but a lot of bands would be glad to create an album like this.
There is still the traditional Oasis sound throughout and Noel sounds as good as ever on guitar. For the most part it's a very well written album, from a musical point of view anyway. The bass sounds good throughout and creates a good melody, even on the poorer tracks. Even the drums do their bit on each track but in places it just fails to compare with classic Oasis material and that's where people's disappointment comes from. To be honest it would have taken a lot for them to produce 4 albums in a row of totally amazing material and that's where the criticism comes from.
Overall it's an album that has split the Oasis fans in two. There are those that absolutely hate it and then there are people like me who actually quite like it. The more I've listened to it the more I've enjoyed it and the more I like certain tracks. It may not be the best album they've ever made but that still doesn't make it a terrible album. Musically it is just as good as most of the others, it's just lyrically it lets it self down. Maybe one for the more devoted fans, rather than those who like just the odd track.
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I?m a big Oasis fan, and I do rate this album very highly. The problem is that they are always gonna be compared to their former greatness, I don?t think that this album is as good as ?Definitely Maybe? or ?What?s the Story Morning Glory? but it is as good as ?Be Here Now? and still brilliant in my opinion compared to what most other bands are producing. To sum up what I?m saying, if this was their debut album, I think it would be huge. There are a couple of tracks that let the album down a little, I?m not a fan of ?Little James? which is a bit moody. ?Where Did It All Go Wrong?? started to bore me after I heard it a few times but it?s not that bad. The album does feature some exceptional tracks, ?Fuckin? In The Bushes? reminds us what Oasis are all about, its rugged, energetic and brilliant despite not featuring any singing. ?Go Let It Out? is another example of Oasis classic sound and is my second favourite song on the album after ?Who Feels Love?? which is more of an indie style song, kind of like Kula Shaker or The Beatles in their Indian phase (not that I know much about The Beatles). On the whole I think it?s a great album and part of Oasis? progression into a more solid and deep style in comparison to their earlier hits, like ?She?s Electric? which will always be great but I generally prefer their new direction. If you?re an Oasis fan then buy it. If you?ve never heard of Oasis and like good rock n roll then buy it. If you like ?Wonderwall? and hate ?D?You Know What I Mean?? then I don?t think you?d like this album. Thanks For Reading, James.
Prior to the albums release, Oasis fans had to endure the news of band members Bonehead and Guigsy departure. So with Liam and Noel being the only original band members left, confirmed many views that the Gallagher brothers were the band. Anybody else was irrelevant. The album itself looks as if was made deliberately for the American market. The sleeve picture of skyscrapers can only win them favour, and lyrics contained inside mean there is no excuse for not knowing the words this time. You will be forgiven for asking: Where is the band? Where are all the Union Jacks? Where are the Beatles? This confirms that the album is set for the US charts, and any band members missing would go unnoticed. CD: Fuckin’ In The Bushes Go Let It Out Who Feels Love? Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is Little James Gas Panic! Where Did It All Go Wrong? Sunday Morning Call I Can See A Liar Roll It Over (All songs written by Noel Gallagher except Track 5 written by Liam Gallagher) The album kicks off in style, used as an intro to their live gigs, Fuckin’ In The Bushes is the albums Swamp Song. Heavy drums beats, guitar riffs and voice-overs, this tune will make you turn around and listen. Go Let It Out was to be the first released single from the album, and a catchy drum and bass beat with an easily sing-along chorus, is worthy of chart success. Who Feels Love reminds us of Noels’ Beatles influence. The tune takes you to India with soft ballad of guitar chords and love filled lyrics that may for some take a bit of getting use to. This is one that definitely gets better the more you listen to it. Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is and I Can See A Liar are both strangely familiar with the sound bands such as Aerosmith are guilty of. These American-rock like tunes may win them fans there, but for me these songs are not Noels best work. Little James
- Don’t even bother. Where Did It All Go Wrong and Sunday Morning Call are in my mind the albums finest songs. I feel Noel has created a couple of masterpieces, and a lack of airplay doesn’t justify how good they are. These tunes are worthy of listening over and over again. The album finishes with an expertly produced Roll It Over. This tune at first seems a forgettable number, but becomes strangely addictive and don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing the chorus. A great ending to the album that unfortunately will always be compared to past works. And lets admit it, how can you better what Oasis have already achieved. All Oasis will buy this anyway, but I would recommend this to those who want to listen to a different side of Oasis. And although the album is a bit short, the few tracks worthy of being played on the radio does make this an interesting buy.
Now, before you decide to kill me, let me explain why I think Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants is Oasis' best album. I was quite aloof during the "glory" days when Oasis was, undoubtedly, the biggest band in the world. I got into the band about 1999, so I think I can be a little more objective toward the albums than someone who went through "Oasis-mania." I do believe this is their best album. Now, keep in mind, I didn't say that this album had the best singles or songs, but as a full-length, start-to-finish disc, this one is the best and most consistent of all four (well five, counting The Masterplan). The one thing I noticed is that although this one uses alot more loops and things than other albums, it is also Oasis' most acoustic album, and I really think that Noel is at his best when he's strumming on an acoustic (he's even said so). The best songs are Go Let It Out, a classic single with that great loud burst of acoustic at the beginning, and Liam's voice in full growl mode. On Who Feels Love?, another great sounding, kind of "acoustic-psychdelic" track, Liam shows how great he is at pitching a hook. Other highlights include Gas Panic! and another acoustic-ish single, Sunday Morning Call. My favorite is Where Did It All Go Wrong?. This sort of epic anthem is Oasis in a nut-shell: a band so talented it can take mediocre lyrics and make it sound great. Noel sings this one very well, and the whole song has more depth and a kind of atmosphere than most Oasis tunes. It actually might be my favorite Oasis track. The only track that's a little forgettable is Roll It Over and maybe Little James (although that's Liam's first written tune, so we should keep that into consideration). So, there's about 7-8 great tracks on this one, as opposed to Definitely Maybe (I always skip Columbia, Up In The Sky, and Bring It Down), and (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, which, really, only has five truly mem
orable tunes (Some Might Say, Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger, Champagne Supernova, Cast No Shadow). As for Be Here Now, well, we all know about that one.
“Standing on the Shoulder of giants” is the only Oasis CD I own – because I won it in a competition. So that tells you that I’m not what you’d call a fan, exactly, don’t go out of my way to listen to them, but I wouldn’t say I have anything against them, and I do really like some of their material. I know theis album got a lot of bad press, and I think a lot of it was justified. My overall impression of the album is that most of the tracks are too long, to the point that, for some of them they not only chug along, they become tedious. The loss of Bonehead and Guigsy doesn’t appear to have made a lot of difference to the Oasis sound. I was really pleased to see that PP Arnold and Linda Lewis, both great vocalists, from the 60s and 70s respectively, appear on several tracks on the album. “Go Let It Out” was a grower for me, and ultimately I was won over by the Strawberry Fields style harmonium, or whatever the instrument is. In the end, it’s inoffensive, but “Who feels love?” seems to be going nowhere, to me, until we reach the break with the Lucy In The Sky psychedelia. The song also nods in George Harrison’s direction, too (sitars and bongos) – I’m used to the Beatles references, but this is just too blatant. The song as a whole sounds like it’s being played at too slow a speed (a throwback to when you could do this with a record player). Liam’s first composition to feature on an Oasis album, “Little James” is quite touching, and isn’t bad, really. Noel sings on “Where Did It All Go Wrong” and “Sunday Morning Call”, and the latter is the best song on the album, and the only one that doesn’t outstay it’s welcome over 5 minutes. Following it is “I can See a Liar”, which at only 3 minutes, sounds like a piece of 70s power pop (Rolling Stones meet Cheap Trick),
which is fine my be. “Gas Panic” sounds like a Moby song, and the opening instrumental track is a fusion of dance and guitars, so there a some glimmers of experimentation. The album ends with another overlong track “Roll it Over” – this time sounding like a version of Thunderclap Newman’s Something In The Air. Overall, not as bombastic as I’d feared, but pretty dull nonetheless. Whenever I think of the phrase “Standing on the shoulder of giants” I think of the REM lyric (from King Of Birds, on the album “Docment” album), where Stipe sings “Standing on the Shoulders of giants… leaves me cold.” Well, I wouldn’t say Oasis are so bad that they leave me cold, but I hoestly don’t play this album very often – give me REM anyday.
True this album is not the most diverse thing you'll ever hear, but thats not exactly what you buy an oasis album for. You buy an oasis album cos you know itll be full of guitars you can jump about your room to and catchy choruses you can sing along to. There isn't a bad song on here, however some are stronger than others. My favourites here are fuckin' in the bushes, put yer money where yer mouth is, gas panic!, i can see a liar and roll it over. The other songs arent bad but the ones i feel are weakest are little james and where did it all go wrong?. This album does signal a return to form for the oasis boys after the over hyper, over produced last album this is back to what oasis do best and most of these songs would be easily transferred live and i can assure you they sound just as good, even better infact with the fabulous crowd atmosphere oasis insite. Buy it you wont be dissappointed so long as you know what you should and shouldnt be expecting.
Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants is Oasis fifth album, following on from 1998’s B-Side album ‘The Masterplan’. A lot was expected of this album, due to ‘Be Here Now’ somehow getting slated in the press. But I’ve said in the past ‘Be Here Now is a very good album, but for me’ Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ is even better. This is the last album recorded with Paul Arthurs (Bonehead) and Paul McGuigan (Guigsy). They left shortly after the completion of this album and were replaced by Andy Bell formally the bass player from Hurricane #1 and Gem Archer formally the guitarist from Heavy Stereo For some reason the first time I heard this album I wasn’t really impressed, and was quite disappointed, and that is very strange because I am one of Oasis biggest fans but the second and third time I listened to the album it grew on me very quickly and now I love this album. Noel Gallagher said that he expected this album to get hammered, because Oasis aren’t fashionable anymore and Rock’n Roll isn’t fashionable anymore, those words are very true, and it is very sad it is the truth. It’s all R and B rubbish and squeaky clean boy and girl bands which is very sad. The album kicks off with ‘F***in’ In The Bushes’ , this is an instrumental track with samples from the film ‘Message To Love-Isle of Wight’. And this track is along the lines of ‘The Swamp Song’ but if I had to pick one or the other it would be ‘The Swamp Song’. Next up is the first single from the album ‘Go Let It Out’ this is an excellent rock song with a bit of arrogance. Oasis second single is the next song on the album ‘Who Feels Love’ this is a rock ballad like love song. ‘Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is’ is a one of the heaviest tracks on the album along with ‘I Can See A Liar’
. ‘Little James’ is the written by Liam Gallagher and is dedicated to his step son, this is a ballad which goes into soft/rock in parts of the song. ‘Gas Panic’ for me is best heard live, it is an excellent live track, which when I listen to is on the album sounds a bit strangle because I always listen to the live versions. ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong’ is Noel Gallagher’s is one of his usual solo contribution to the album and if I’m right is written about Noel Gallagher’s problems with drugs, this is also a very good song. The other Noel Gallagher solo song is ‘Sunday Morning Call’ and is the third single from the album, and is a soft/rock song. The last track on the album is the best song on the album and one of the most powerful songs Oasis have ever done, complete with a choir in the later parts of the song. The sound of Liam Gallagher belting out the chorus’ Roll it over my soul and leave me here’ is a great sound. All in all this may not be the best album Oasis have done it is certainly not a bad album, in fact it is an excellent album, and with the new line up including Andy Bell and Gem Archer who in my eyes are better musicians than Bonehead and Guigsy, Oasis will go from strength to strength, and will continue there mantle as the best band in Britain if not the World.
4th Studio album sees a drastic change for the brothers Gallagher, though not on the musical front. First release on their own new record label, and finished hurriedly with Bonehead’s pieces being replaced following his and Guigsy’s departures from the band. The logo has been revamped, there is even more hair and the lads are even having a go at directing their own videos. It’s just a shame the songs couldn’t have been more adventurous as well. Basically this is your normal Oasis affair but with a few samples and weird noises/effects. That said, this doesn’t necessarily make it bad or all that disappointing. ‘F**king in the bushes’ is a storming instrumental which opens proceedings well. ‘Go let it out’ is simply Oasis by numbers, well the indian drenched meandering pyschedelic rock of ‘Who Feels Love?’ is a refreshing change. ‘Gas Panic’ has the makings of yet another album, whilst ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong’ is a satisfying tune on which Noel’s vocals bare a startling similarity to Paul Weller’s ‘Changing Man’. The album's ‘Wonderwall’ is the fabulously mournful ‘Sunday Morning Call’. The rest are fairly irrelevant. Liam’s first attempt at songwriting ‘Little James’, about his son, is startlingly poor and then to worsen matters appallingly overproduced. While ‘I Can See A Liar’ is punk gone sad and pathetic. Nothing truly new, but there isn’t much that is worth skipping. Not a must buy, but certainly worth serious consideration.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Fuckin' in the Bushes
2 Go Let It Out
3 Who Feels Love?
4 Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is
5 Little James
6 Gas Panic!
7 Where Did It All Go Wrong?
8 Sunday Morning Call
9 I Can See a Liar
10 Roll It Over
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Go Let It Out
2 Let's All Make Believe