Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Vinyl, CD & tapes by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at Norman Records
Noel Gallagher was, of course, chief songwriter in top Manchester scallies Oasis, a band who need absolutely no introduction. But since the demise of (t)his most dysfunctional of stadium bands, Gallagher has pursued a 'definitely-not-just-a-solo' career with the High Flying Birds - another 'Noel Gallagher band' which is really just another vehicle for Noel Gallagher's songs.
His first album - the imaginatively-titled Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - was a low-key affair concentrating on the more acoustic-based songs that he supplied for Oasis. Its follow-up Chasing Yesterday was yet more workmanlike rock, but this time had guest spots from the likes of Johnny Marr and did at least showcase Gallagher's ability to wring out stadium anthems from the simplest of ingredients.
It wasn't until 2017's Who Built the Moon that Noel Gallagher stepped out of Noel Gallagher's comfort zone. The album had psych-tinged production courtesy of David Holmes and saw Gallagher experiment with bolder arrangements, particularly on the insanely catchy lead single Holy Mountain. So whilst it's easy enough to carp about the man, and carp we will, it's good to see Gallagher explore other areas. He's never gonna be David Bowie (except amongst historians of cocaine use maybe) but he's proving himself better than the MOR plodder he often threatens to become. His solo output, like that of his equally big-gobbed brother Liam, should keep Oasis fans happy...until that inevitable 'never going to happen' reunion.
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