Hmmm, new solo album from Liam Gallagher, with the enormous shrug of a title Why Me? Why Not. Why not indeed, we might wonder. The younger Gallagher it out front and centre here, with a loyal band behind him to make his grand visions come out just as he wants them. This second solo full length is out on Warner Bros.
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Deluxe Edition CD on Warner Bros. Includes 4 bonus tracks.
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6/10 Fred 18th September 2019
You’ll notice that the ‘Why Not’ part of the title of Liam Gallagher’s latest album isn’t a question. It’s a statement - probably not a statement to rank among Gallagher’s most outlandish moments of gobshitery, but a statement none the less. Liam clearly fully believes that he should still be here, honking his magnificent horn of a voice and chanting down Baby Noel more than two decades after his last significant contribution to popular culture (Pretty Green doesn’t count, and as much as we’d like it to nor does that time he tweeted ‘POTATO’).
And you know what… he may actually have a point. That’s not to say that 'Why Me? Why Not' is a good record, exactly. Across these eleven tracks Liam falls down all the usual holes. Clunky chord progressions, clunkier rhymes and a steadfast refusal to write at any tempo higher than an elephantine plod are the order of the day once again. The lyrics suffer the most - even the bevvy of assistant songwriters, talented men like Greg Kurstin and Andrew Wyatt, can’t help but get swept up in the inevitable slough of empty metaphors and bloke-down-the-pub pseudo-profundity.
But isn’t that kind of all that we’re here for now? Isn’t ‘Chinatown’, with its half-remembered guitar shimmers and verses written entirely in a Zen dialect of Madferitese ("telephonic doses", 'what’s a European?"), exactly what we as a culture expect - nay, need - from Our Middle-Aged Kid? Isn’t ‘One Of Us’, not an ABBA cover but a maybe-possibly-could-be reconciliation plea to Noel, catnip to our insatiable lust for wibbling rivalry? Doesn’t the way Liam bleats a long, lingering "shiiiiine" in the chorus of ‘Once’ satisfy an urge deep within our post-Blairite hivemind?
And doesn’t the very next lyric on ‘Once’ - "you used to go down so easy, like a glass of wine" - remind us that this is a man who believes in himself so unshakably as to render all criticism meaningless? Liam Gallagher will never change - never change his personality, never change his music, never change his haircut - and in a world of infinite possibilities there is something to be said for that.
Why him? Because it couldn’t have been anyone else.
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