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Oasis (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (1995)


Review When Oasis released their album “Definitely Maybe” in 1994, no one thought that one year later, they would become the most significant and important British band since the Beatles. 1995 was a whirlwind year for Oasis, and their release of the album “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory” was the focal point. This is more than an album – it’s part of 90’s popular culture. A true classic that spoke to a whole generation of fat and lazy middle-aged men. The album sold by the truck load – in the UK, it is the second biggest selling record of all time, with only the Beatles’ “Sgt. Peppers” standing in its way. The songs on this album are classics – iconic songs that will stand the test of time.

The album starts with the infectious “Hello.” Crunching guitar solos and brilliant vocals make this an excellent opener – it’s short, but sweet. The song starts with the tune of “Wonderwall,” but quickly changes to this all-out rock anthem. “Roll With It” was a big hit for the boys in August 1995, when the song peaked at No.2 in the UK. It has a brilliant melody, and the strained vocals from Liam Gallagher enhance the song’s quality. Up next we have two undeniable classics. Firstly, “Wonderwall” has to be one of the greatest songs ever written. Amazingly, the song didn’t make No.1, but charted at No.2 in the UK. This was the anthem that millions sung in 1995, and was played on the radio literally millions of times. “Don’t Look Back In Anger” is even more of an iconic classic. It gave the boys their second UK No.1 hit in the UK in March 1996, and pushed sales of this album even further beyond what seemed possible. The wonderful similarity of John Lennon’s “Imagine” at the beginning is genius. Everything about the song is perfect – vocals, lyrics, guitar, piano, drums. It’s the works.

“Hey Now!” is one of my favourites on the album. A lot of people dislike this song for reasons I really cannot see, because everything about it is perfect. The guitars and the drums are amazing, and the vocal arrangement is particularly interesting. A short interlude follows, before we move on to the amazing “Some Might Say.” This wonderful classic gave Oasis their first UK No.1 hit single in May 1995. Once again, wonderful guitar melodies are blended with wonderful vocals. The lyrics are well written, but in a way that encompasses all those who listen to it. “Cast No Shadow” is the album’s true chill out track. The boys release wonderful harmonies and beautiful melodies that relax the listener. A true masterpiece, said to be influenced by the Verve’s Richard Ashcroft.

“She’s Electric” is one of Oasis’ few humorous songs. The lyrics are wonderful, and very ironic of life amongst a jilted generation of slobs. It’s the song you heard on the radio all the time as a teenager, and knew all the lyrics off by heart. “Morning Glory,” the album’s title track, is a song that will stay in your head for years to come – possibly all your life. More wonderful guitar solos, and marvellous lyrics make for another album highlight. A song that reveals a dirty side to the band. Another short instrumental interlude follows, which is followed by the epic finale “Champagne Supernova.” This is one of the most beautiful and memorable songs that Oasis ever had the opportunity to churn out. Wonderful lyrics, excellent vocals and excellent melodies are all encased in seven and a half minutes of pure Britpop class.

This is not only an essential album for anyone interested in Oasis, but an essential album for those who witnessed the 1990’s – and the impact that this band had on the music scene. I was just eight years old at the time this CD was released, but I still remember all the songs that played endlessly on the radio for years. I hated them as a band but there’s no denying that these songs are amazing. Liam’s attitude is a bit vulgar and over-the-top, but that’s all part of their image. A handful of critics once said that Oasis were more important than the Beatles – I have to disagree, but they’re pretty damn close!

Review It’s quite obvious that over the last 8 years Oasis have produced some of the best music in recent memory and have established themselves as heroes of modern day rock n roll and have reached the height of success that such artists as The Rolling Stones, The Police, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, and The Beatles have been graced with. Morning Glory remains to be the one album that defined the true essence of oasis, thanks to the songs’ author and composer Noel Gallagher who stands today on the shoulder of giants. over the 8 years that have passed, however, their 1995 mega epic Morning Glory is still their best outing.

The entire album is outrageous and it still sounds pure when I put it in my disc player and play it from start to finish. beginning with “Hello” and ending with a Champagne Supernova in the sky, one goes through 1000 different emotions in the duration of less than an hour. You jump and cheer and roll with “Roll With It”, you get butterflies in your stomach with “Wonderwall”, you remember your past and dare to look back in anger with “Don’t Look Back In Anger”, you feel a sudden rush, a pump of warm blood running through your veins with every tone of Liam’s voice singing “Hey Now”, you dread on the bad pop music you’ve been hearing for ages and hope the song never ends when you hear “Some Might Say”, you sigh, sob or cry when you face the sun and “Cast No Shadow”, you get all electric and shine and sing along happily to “She’s Electric”, you then get another sudden rush like a shot of adrenaline that was just pumped into your veins and you walk to the sound of the favourite tune called “Morning Glory”, and finally you get back to your senses and mellow out to a conclusion that seems at that moment long awaited, and it seems that it’s coming to you faster than a cannonball but slowly walking down the hall of your mind with a “Champagne Supernova” in the sky. What art! What beauty! Genuine. Magnificent, spectacular, moving, slick, cool. You play it again and again and again and you never say stop!

This is the best album of the nineties. Oasis are to be recognized forever as kings of cool Britannica, the honourable embassadors of the 90’s generation rock n roll.

Whether the critics decide to keep on pounding them artistically or give ’em a break, Morning Glory will come out and shout out straight in their faces the words “today is the day that all the world will see”. The world will still see and hope that today will last forever.

May 11, 2013 - Posted by | Oasis (What's The Story) Morning Glory? |

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