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Oasis - Stop the Clocks

2007-01-15 11:38
But then the bands have always travelled different paths. Oasis is that animal they call a guitar rock band. They’ve seldom drifted outside of that area purposefully. And they’ve never really pretended to be anything else. What they produced within that framework, however, is extraordinary when looked at like this: a double album of greatest hits, albeit only 18 tracks long.

Oasis’ greatest bugbear was that they were constantly berated for being Beatles knock-offs. Certainly songs like “Lyla” and “Slide Away” might support that assertion, but Noel Gallagher can hardly feel too put upon. It’s in fact high praise to be likened to England’s greatest-ever pop songwriters.

Liam Gallagher was also so keen to ham up the vocal performances at times, that it’s hard to keep a straight face on tracks like “Cigarettes and Alcohol”. But beneath all that posing and preening was something that so few modern bands have: Personality. And that’s really what makes Oasis as great as they are.

As brazen and stupid and arrogant as their regular tabloid bytes are, they are defensible when you admit to the excellence of albums like What’s the Story Morning Glory (1995) and Definitely Maybe (1994). As standalone items, either of these should be considered any band’s masterwork.

From the former, “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova” are still astoundingly emotive – crowd-pleasing anthems of the highest order.

From the latter, “Rock and Roll Star” and “Live Forever” are still lively and invigorating – each a sunglass-toting, carefree, yet earnest smoker of a rock tune that ignores you if you aren’t pandering to its will to jump up and down till the floor breaks.

And in between all that there’s not a weak song to be found. Big solid guitar walls will dizzy you; soaring, long vocal lines will lift you; and when that final track, a massively appropriate “Don’t Look Back in Anger” (complete with Lennon-esque piano intro - hahaha) rolls around, you’ll curse yourself for not owning more Oasis records. Or at least more late-era Beatles records.

- Anton Marshall
Over the course of the resurgence of “Britpop” in the mid nineties, played up by the Brit press, Oasis was second only to Blur when it came to expanding the horizons of … well, “Britpop”.


Tomislav 2007-01-13 12:10 PM
Stop The Clocks_Oasis Oasis deserve to go down as one of the 'greats'. Liam G has a good voice and does not need to 'put on' the Lennon sound any longer. Noel G_ prolific songwriter .. a man with personality - spotted him on Parkinson.
c 2007-01-14 12:36 AM
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