When Liam Gallagher turns up with an album in tow, nobody is anticipating “Jazz Odyssey”. You wouldn’t call a plumber to turf your lawn, and you wouldn’t ask ISIS to clarify the dynamics of intersectionality. Similarly, you wouldn’t expect the former Oasis and Beady Eye frontman to deliver anything aside from Beatles-inflected rock stompers.
For probably the most part that’s precisely what you get. I stopped counting Fab Four references once i ran out of digits, but lyrically, there are nods to “Helter Skelter “All Things Should Pass “Happiness is a Heat Gunand “Run On your Lifeamongst many others, and the influence – after all – continues into the tunes. Essentially the most hanging of the musical flashbacks is Liam’s mea culpa, “For What It’s Worth which sees him aping Oasis aping the Stone Beatles. If it have been Noel doing this, you would possibly suspect he was being knowingly cute, with Liam, it’smuch less sure.
The excessive points come within the songs that bookend the collection, and it’s right here that we see the fruit born by Liam’s songwriting partnership with the Grammy-winning producer Greg Kurstin, who also brings a a lot larger sound to bolster the proceedings. “Wall of Glass mercifully stripped of its crashingly literal video interpretation, is punchy, sharp and generally fit for purpose. “Boldcomes wrapped in wealthy, filmic swathes of guitar and “Greedy Soulhas a pace and touch that lifts it past the plodding thud rock we might need anticipated.
In the meantime, close to the exit, “Come Back To Mesees Gallagher sounding not unlike Bob Dylan backed by Ringo with a really glorious piano riff to sweeten the deal because the tune fades. Meanwhile, if you’ve ever questioned what the Auf Wiedersehen, Pet theme tune “Breaking Awaywould sound like if covered by the Beta Band, penultimate monitor “Universal Gleamis the answer. Three listens in and it’d effectively be my favourite thing right here.
The rest of it’s unremarkable at best and, of course, the lyrics are, in places, terrible, however As You Had been still charges because the best thing that Liam Gallagher has been concerned in for the bigger a part of two decades. There’s valuable little danger of any new converts, but the Stone Island disciples will see this as a second coming of kinds.