CD Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds


Album: High Flying Birds

Artist: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Grade: C

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, the name inspired by the original Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and the Jefferson Airplane song, is the ex-Oasis front man’s first solo studio album. If you ever wonder what Oasis would have sounded like without Liam Gallagher go right ahead and purchase this album. However, the explosive tension that spurred creativity for the band is lacking here. It is a perfectly fine album but little more than a slightly blander, dated take on Heathen Chemistry.

At recent gigs Gallagher has been opening and closing with Oasis material and playing High Flying Birds tracks in between. The transition is unsurprisingly and perhaps disappointingly seamless. He also appears to be suffering a little from an inability to write a chorus, with numbing repetition used on both ‘Dream On’ and ‘AKA What a Life’. The highlight of the mediocre album (by Oasis standards) is probably ‘AKA Broken Arrow’ which is stronger lyrically and melodically superior to the rest of the album.

In a nutshell: Comparisons with Oasis are inevitable and ultimately unflattering.