Even at the height of Oasis' fame, the only people who thought they were in any way comparable to their heroes, The Beatles, was Oasis themselves. But although everybody knew they weren't musical geniuses, for a while even jaded, cynical critics thought that they had a talent worth sharing.
But all that's changed. About two or three albums ago, depending on who you believe, Oasis somehow transformed into the Ben Afleck of rock. Suddenly, Oasis could do nothing right. Critics and former fans alike took pleasure in ridiculing their every effort. And to make matters worse, their over-confident American invasion failed to materialize, and public fights between the Gallagher brothers became about as rock 'n roll as a below average Lockhorns cartoon.
Their last album, Heathen Chemistry, was perhaps Oasis at their worst. The fact that the entire album was leaked on the internet before its official release only served to raise the question: Why anyone would take the time to steal such trash in the first place? Even loyal fans thought it was a waste of hard drive space. Many gave up on them. After all, they hadn't released a good album in decade - a lifetime in music industry years.
So understandably, hating Don't Believe the Truth is the new black. Just about every serious music publication has something derisive to say. Critics will tell you it's derivative - that Oasis have produced nothing original and have simply copied the styles of the Beatles, The Faces and several other "real" bands with far more talent than the Gallaghers deserved to even hope for. They'll tell you the songwriting is lazy and formulaic and even on first listen, you'll feel as if you've heard the album a hundred times already. And it's all true.
But why should that be a bad thing? Their derivativeness is exactly what made Oasis what they are. Either you love them or hate them for it. If you're not an Oasis fan by now, you're not going to become one. Not now, not ever. But if you are, here's the good news: Oasis are back on form, and delivering the goods that made you love them in the first place.
For the rest of you? Don't Believe the Truth gets two stars.
- Chris McEvoyWHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID:"Oasis albums have always prompted flashbacks--Was that a Beatles melody? Is that chorus on loan from T. Rex? Wait, wasn't that a Crowded House song once? But the mouthy British group's latest really sounds like a pop artifact." - Aiden Vaziri for Amazon.com
"...the record overall is the band's most streamlined and focused in many years." - Adrien Begrand for Popmatters
"'Don't Believe The Truth' is a big stinking pile of rubbish." - Gareth Dobson for www.drownedinsound.com
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