ALBUM WEEK| Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday
Noel Gallagher’s new project, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, has been the light at the end of all the mourning Oasis fans’ tunnels. In the run up for the second album, Chasing Yesterday, it seemed set to surpass the debut record from the project with two strong singles already secured.
Chasing Yesterday is the ideal mix of tributes to Noel’s former musical career along with an individual sound that establishes him as the musically stronger brother. Opening track Riverman sums this up nicely, using a sample of the iconic Wonderwall chords played in a minor key for an introduction before bringing in the more ethereal vibe Noel has been channeling. Third track, The Girl With The X-Ray Eyes, proves to be another Oasis reference, bearing similarities to another song I can’t quite put my finger on, though the similarities end there with these two tracks proving to be the perfect nod to a former life.
Chasing Yesterday mixes up the slow with the lively, mixing dramatic, rocky tracks such as Lock All Doors with more dreamy songs like The Right Stuff. There’s a good balance that Noel has hit here and with the album being gap-less and each song leading seamlessly in and out of one another, the tone and mood is perfectly maintained throughout. Personal favourites would be the two singles, In The Heat of the Moment and Ballad of the Mighty I which are lively, upbeat and uplifting though I wouldn’t consider any track a weak point.
You’re either going to ‘get’ this album or you won’t – I’ve heard the words boring and pretentious being thrown about a bit in relation to Noel Gallagher but never from original fans. For those who were eagerly awaiting the release of Noel Gallagher’s second Liam-less album it proves to be far from disappointing