The Gallagher Brothers

The Gallagher Brothers: Oasis and beyond
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Oasis finally melted down due to tensions between the brothers. They both continued recording however, each taking some band members with them and reformed into Beady Eye (Liam) and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Noel obviously). Though the brothers were in a bit of competition at this point, they both had such similar songwriting ability and creative interests that there is not a huge divergence in their music. Indeed, though neither would gain the popularity of Oasis, these group’s albums (especially if taken together) pretty much continue the progression of music that Oasis started.  Liam eventually folded Beady Eye as well,  but he has gone on to do solo work that has gotten good reviews and Noel, in addition to continuing his group, also often backs up other groups’ singles or contributes electronica dance instrumentals to projects as well. 


BEADY EYE/LIAM GALLAGHER:  

Different Gear, Still Speeding  (2011 – Beady Eye) After the end of Oasis, Liam Gallagher (along with a most other members of the group) reorganized into the band known as Beady Eye.  This first album shows that Liam was the rocker of the band (carried on in songs like “Four Letter Word”  and “Standing on the Edge of Noise”) as well as the one who loved to hearken back to old style British rock and especially the worship of John Lennon (e.g., “The Roller” and “Bring the Light”).    

BE (2013 – Beady Eye) Beady Eye’s second (and final following their dissolution) album has a much broader amount of production and instrumentation and more cohesive of a sound.  The first half of the album still has their rocking beat kicking off with a big brass blast on “Flick of the Finger” that culminates of all things with an oddly powerful anti-establishment quote from a play about John-Paul Marat.  There are a number of slower more acoustic based and dreamy numbers in the second half that hearken back to Morning Glory, especially the closer “Off at the Next Exit” which is my favorite on the album.  For variety some other band members write and sing with some odd results.

As You Were (2017 – Liam Gallagher) Liam’s solo album stands up quite well to scrutiny–just a lot of good melodic rock songs and ballads that hearken back to Oasis’s best stuff. There are a couple of stand-outs. The opener “Wall of Glass” has a pounding in-your-face guitar rock verse tempered by a stomping gospel backed chorus that works quite well; while “Chintown” has a gentle acoustic over a sweet almost lilting melody. The rest are variations between the two and make for a nice album with the more up tempo stuff in the beginning and calmer melodic closers at the end (especially the beautifully chorded “I’ve All I Need”). Also interesting is the song “For What It’s Worth” an obvious (and seemingly unaccepted) apology to Noel for their longstanding feud.

Why Me? Why Not? (2019 – Liam Gallagher) Liam’s second solo foray is just as good as his first if not better in some ways. Great melodies and rock sound that hearkens back to the Oasis heyday and its 60s throwbacks (“Why Me. Why Not?”, “Alright Now”) but also some surprisingly bouncy songs (“Now that I’ve Found You”) that are fun. “One of Us” is a favorite of mine.

NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGHFLYING BIRDS:

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds  (2012 – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds) Unlike his brother’s rough and stripped down work in the new band Beady Eye, Noel Gallagher focused his post-Oasis interests on a project of layered flowing but upbeat ballads with flourishes of brass and wall-of-sound electric punches. (The songs follow very obviously from his Oasis signature songs like “Magic Pie” and the Don’t Believe the Truth album).   I like the shuffling “The Death of You and Me”, the more rocking “AKA…What a Life!” and the dreamy opener “Everybody’s on the Run”.

Chasing Yesterday  (2015 – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds) The tunes on the second album from Noel’s group are a bit more melodic and therefore more of an enjoyable listen over time.  Again the songs have lots of interesting elements and flourishes but they add more rock flair than before and flow well with Noel’s smooth delivery.  There are not really any sing-along songs but many interesting lyrical phrases stand out and even punctuate the feel of some songs.   I especially like “Riverman”, “The Girl with X-Ray Eyes”, “The Dying of the Light”, and “Ballad of the Mighty I”.

Who Built the Moon? (2017 – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds) Noel’s third outing with NGHFB is quite a different affair. I really didn’t like it at first—after a good, electronic dance tinged instrumental opener, the first two songs on the album have clunky lyrics and melodies that really almost ruin it for me. After a few more listens, however, I found that almost a full third of the album is in fact electronic rock instrumental. Indeed, the whole album seems to center less on strong songs and melody and more on mood–thus a lot of the songs are wrapped in hazy distortion and full of trippy riffs and electronic buzz. Appreciating it as an work meant for listening in that sense, it seems a lot more engaging over all.

EPs:
Black Star Dancing (2019), This is the Place (2019), Blue Moon Risigin (2020)

These three EP albums are mainly electronic dance numbers (and almost endless remix versions of the same) but a few of the secondary songs on them are also nice sweet melodies.


OASIS FAVORITES PLAYLIST:

1.D’you Know What I Mean?Be Here Now
2.Wonderwall(What’s the Story) Morning Glory
3.Slide AwayDefinitely Maybe
4.Part of the QueueDon’t Believe the Truth
5.Don’t Look Back in Anger(What’s the Story) Morning Glory
6.Get Off Your High HorseDig Out Your Soul
7.Going NowhereThe Masterplan
8.Some Might Say(What’s the Story) Morning Glory
9.Hung in a Bad PlaceHeathen Chemistry
10.Go Let It OutStanding on the Shoulders of Giants
11.The Hindu TimesHeathen Chemistry
12.Stand By MeBe Here Now
13.Little By LittleHeathen Chemistry
14.A Bell Will RingDon’t Believe the Truth
15.Champagne Supernova(What’s the Story) Morning Glory
Bonus
track
Teotihuacan
 (Noel Gallagher)
The X-Files Soundtrack