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.
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