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Oasis
Dig Out Your Soul
Big Brother Recordings
www.oasisinet.com


There are few people left in this world who don't relate the word Oasis with the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel, respectively the lead singer and guitarist for the UK rock band. Since the release of Oasis' debut album Definitely Maybe in 1994, the press has dubbed the band the new Beatles and constantly made comparisons between the two bands' songwriting techniques, and pointing out Liam and Noel's penchant for heated arguments which people relate to the brotherly love and tension witnessed between the Beatles' Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Now, fourteen years after Oasis' debut album, the band is still going strong with the release of their seventh studio album Dig Out Your Soul. Produced by Dave Sardy and featuring Gem Archer on guitar and Andy Bell on bass, the album has a lot to like about it with moments that sound like the old Oasis and some that sound like the band has matured quite a bit, opening new doors of inspiration by using straits of dreamy-clad chimes and melodic slopes that even effect the way Liam sings.

Never losing sight of their inclination to create songs that people enjoy humming along to in any environment comes through in tracks like "Bag It Up" and "The Turning" as Oasis produce a melodic coloring that paints dreamy aesthetics pillared by columns of fiery guitar vibrations. Oasis display a raw edginess relatable to The Kooks and pockets of grinding rhythms reminiscent of Jet. The band's smoky roots rock textures and melodic-pop pixels in "Waiting For The Rapture" produce an inviting vista, while the energized chord rotations and shooting sparks winding up "The Shock Of The Lightning" sound like the Oasis that fans have come to love over the years. The soft piano reels and brushed drum strokes in "I'm Outta Time" generate an illusionary aura moving with a ghostly glide while the fierce rhythmic kicks and guitar jolts in "(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady" create Old West-stylized surges pronged by catchy roots rock vibrations that draw to a close with seagulls squawking in the background.

The whispery folk disposition of "Falling Down" is cribbed in melodic rock briars which bolster a maturity in Oasis that they have never shown before. Speaking of new doors that Oasis have opened on this record, the décor of exotic Middle Eastern accents in "To Be Where There's Life" have a bedroom rock vibe as the sinuous movements of Liam's vocals slide across the melodic sweeps in ways he has never shown before. The lyrical content in "To Be Where There's Life" stirs emotions as Liam promises, "Day's turning to night / Pray for the light / Let me come through / Let me take you away over the line / Everyone falling / Everyone falling / Dreamers come crawling / Neighbors jump walling / Let me come through / Let me take you away over the line." It is the language of dreamers and believers. The album closes with pathways of roots rock rafting "The Natural Of Reality" and clumps of vintage rock psychedelics swishing around "Soldier On."

Oasis keep their music alive with their new release Dig Out Your Soul. What could be most exciting about this album is that the band does not isolate themselves around their hit song "Wonderwall," but plow new terrain and work it with their own hands. They still sound like Oasis but with more maturity in their songwriting and a resonating melodicism that outshines their previous releases.

-Susan Frances

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