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Back in the 90's I was a huge fan of Oasis. This band influenced me so much growing up and their music helped me through some very tough times. When most people think of classic Oasis albums they think of Definitely Maybe and What's The Story. Many people overlook this album, but for me The Masterplan is almost as good as these other two albums. Interestingly, The Masterplan is actually a collection of B-Sides that were brought out on singles. This you would assume would mean the quality of the music is inferior, this is very wrong indeed.
The album kicks off with the up tempo Acquiesce, this is a wonderful song with some belting Lyrics. Liam belts out the vocals and there is some backing vocals from Noel as well. This is really Oasis at their brilliant best, loud, proud and very good indeed.
The rest of the album is made up of a real eclectic mix of slow acoustic tracks mixed with fast paced pogo songs that the band love to play live. Some of the highlights of the acoustic tracks include Talk Tonight which has a beautiful melody and some nice chilled out sounds. Going Nowhere is such a simple song but so wonderfully delivered by Noel. One of the real stand out tracks is Half The World Away, this is a track that many people will have heard at some point, which really is saying something when you think it's just a B-Side that appeared on the single Whatever.
When it comes to the more upbeat songs my personal favourite is Stay Young. This was released on the B-Side of D'You Know What I Mean. For me Stay Young is the better of the two tracks and the lyrics and sound basically sum up the way Oasis were back in the late 90's, young and invincible. Other great upbeat tracks include Listen Up and It's Good To Be Free.
Back in the early days of Oasis the band always liked to end an album on a high. Think of Champagne Supernova or All Around The World, great tracks for closing an album. Well on this album they do exactly the same, they end with the albums title track, The Masterplan. This has always been Noel's favourite song and for me it never really got the exposure it deserved. The lyrics are so beautiful and the simple guitar at the start slowly builds until we hear strings and all sorts thrown in there. This is a stunning piece of music and a wonderful way to end the album.
So as you can see, I like this album. It's one I have been listening to for years and it's one that I simply never get bored of. There are tracks on here that are pure gold and it really does take the listener back to the glory days when the Gallagher brothers ruled the music world. If you have ever enjoyed any of Oasis' music then I am sure you would fall in love with album in heartbeat. It really is full of wonderful hidden gems.