I’m sold - the new Noel Gallagher album is really quite good, despite being a significant departure from anything Oasis or he have done before. I’d put it largely down to the producer (David Holmes) who prefers to get involved in the songwriting process; he’d been approached by Noel for the previous album, but the demos Noel provided were fully fleshed out songs - Holmes wasn’t having it - “These are finished. Come back to me in the studio with no songs. Bring a guitar you don’t normally play, and an effects pedal you’ve never used.” Noel works from noon until 6pm, at which point Holmes was free to do what he wanted with the tracks for the rest of the night.
It’s a very dance-album, fairly 80s sounding, kind of French - no real guitar solos; some tracks you can’t even hear a guitar which is a big change as the creation of most of Noel’s songs would start with him and an acoustic.
The lead single (Holy Mountain) grew on me - whistle sampled from an old 60s pop track, a bit of Plastic Bertrand, dense, colourful sound. You can dad-dance to it!
The opener Fort Knox was inspired by Kanye West’s Power - it’s light on lyrics; with a big beat:
Today, this is my favourite track - If love is the law:
Guitar and harmonica from Johnny Marr. Great melody!