The Observer got themselves very excited about the new Oasis album yesterday. “Our bond with them is renewed” concluded Caspar Llewellyn Smith. 5 stars for a new Oasis album. Blimey. Surely a cock up.. So purely for the purposes of “research” I tracked down a few songs from the new CD from a friend of a friend to back up these ridiculous claims.
One (written by Andy Bell) sounds naturally enough, like peak era Ride (ie: the first 3 EPs), another like (a tuneful) The Faces, and I can confirm that the acoustic Noel/Liam duet is precisely as Noel generously puts it akin to an Oasis B side from 1995. All good, present and correct and already a notch ahead of anything put out by the ever changing fivesome/foursome since er, 1995. Which is exactly how it should be. (apart from Sunday Morning Call)
However it was then that I stumbled upon“Mucky Fingers” and its not what you’d expect from Oasis at all. Taking its cue from of all things, “I’m waiting for your man”, some lovely one chord piano, dylanesque mouth organ, and an emphatic Noel chorusing “its alright”, its probably the most excited I’ve felt about Oasis since ooh, listening to the demo of Cigarettes and Alcohol on a free NME tape in Feb 1994. They’re back. This time they really are. With grey hair I notice from the new publicity shots.. Well haven’t we all.