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Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds by Vinny Staggliano

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With the demise of Oasis back in 2009, it was brother Liam that first emerged from the ashes of the split with his new outfit Beady Eye's debut effort Different Gear, Still Speeding that kept fans of the Manchester group ready for more. Then it was over to the senior Gallagher brother.

Having taking inspiration from the Jefferson Airplane album track "High Flying Birds", the self-titled debut Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds opens with the cinematic and epic "Everybody's On The Run". A long intro and enormous vocals, this track could fit on an Oasis album during the band's mid-90's explosive Britpop days - yet it has an air of maturity about it.

"Dream On" is Noel being Noel. It's got all the 60's and early 70's influences written all over. "Excuse me if I spoke too soon/My eyes have always followed you around the room" sings the guitarist on "If I Had A Gun". One of the most gorgeous of Noel's songs, not just on this collection, but on any record the man has put out since his career began almost 20 years ago.

"The Death Of You And Me" was the album's first single. In hindsight, there was better options to put out first, but the song is as catchy as it is clever. Full of hooks, mellotron riffs, trumpets and that classic 60's feel to it. Pure Noel. As it "(I Wanna Live In A Dream) In My Record Machine". It was written during Oasis' Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants album in 2000. Here, and twelve years later, featuring euphoric guitar licks, a glorious choir section, it gets the High Flying Birds makeover. The finished product is phenomenal.

Things get a little more up-tempo (and the closest thing to dance music you will hear from any ex-member of Oasis) on "AKA...What A Life". Minimal lyrics, it will still be hard to remain still listening to this in a live setting.

Like "Dream On", "Soldier Boys And Jesus Freaks" also has all of Noel's influences on it's sleeve as well as it's interesting lyrical content. "AKA...Broken Arrow" is another new song and one that wouldn't have been out of place on "(What's The Story?) Morning Glory". "Leave me peace/I'm all alone with my angel/She's dying a dream/So I could live my life" he sings. Lyrically, it's one of Gallagher Snr's finest moments on record.

"(Stranded On) The Wrong Beach" oozes Marc Bolan meets John Lennon. But with that Mancunian twist. How does he do it? Finally, "Stop The Clocks" closes the record. The elusive song, that Oasis fans had been waiting about a decade to hear after Noel declared it his masterpiece some years back. But he says that a lot. "What if I'm already dead/How would I know" is the spooky chorus in the psychedelic, uplifiting album-closer.

All in all, it's the best collection of songs Noel has produced since the mid-90's. Now over to you, Gallagher Jnr.

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