Oasis 2.0 has gotten much better
|The Be album cover has also received some controversy|
You can read my review of Different Gear, Still Speeding here, but for a brief recap it was an experiment of Liam writing all the music in, what seemed to me, a time machine – almost every second song had a feel of a different era. I enjoyed the album but for the amount of good songs there were just too many terrible ones.
The new album, Be, has received a bit more hype than their debut, which probably has something to do with Liam spewing nonsense like he normally does and not actually the music that is being talked about. I’ll admit he may be a huge asshole but the man can sing.
“Flick The Finger,” the first single from the album was different, and when they released the second song, “Second Bite of the Apple,” you knew they were still experimenting to find their own voice. But already with these two tracks you could tell the album was more focused.
The new sound probably has something to do with David Sitek’s (of TV On The Radio fame) production. Of course he is a top-notch producer too, producing Foals and Yeah Yeah Yeahs to name a couple of the top-notch talent he has had a hand in.
On the first listen of the album I noticed a bit more hard rock riffs compared to the first album, more Oasis like maybe, yet as a whole the album seems a bit softer. It has a bit of a garage rock feel to it too. Like their first album it doesn’t seem too have a single focus but an improvement over the first one.
Oasis 2.0 has improved and I think it is safe to say that Liam has learned a few tricks from his brother and proves he is more than just an asshole with a good voice. Some of the songs are aimed at Noel, but surprisingly they aren’t negative towards him. It is almost as if Liam is looking for a reconciliation with his brother. Maybe even to get Oasis back together? Probably not but I think that is how Oasis fans will read the songs, especially “Start Anew.”
Keep in mind I am writing this with only a few listens to the album but I wanted to get this review up the day the album was released, especially once it leaked and they started streaming it on iTunes last week. I am digging it on the few listens that I have had though.