Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory

2009-08-04 09:22
(What's The Story) Morning Glory?
It spawned a bunch of melodic masterstrokes like “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, “Hello” and the title track – the fabric of any classic album. It also gave us “Wonderwall” a 90s super-anthem if ever there was one, and still one of very few songs that almost everyone at a campfire, no matter how flush with alcohol, can remember the words to. A simple song about devotion is all it is (or appears to be), but only great musicians say so much with so little. It remains a classic in its own right.

But let’s step backwards again and look at the album as a whole. Like the band they so admired (and eventually tried to compete with), The Beatles, Oasis had allowed their testosterone to subside in favour of chasing big melodies that would one day bring stadiums of fans to rapture. Looking at early videos of their live exploits across Europe, you see a certain discord: Liam Gallagher looking chilled out as a snowman on stage while the crowds go absolutely bananas.

The sticking point with Oasis detractors is the old Gallagher arrogance, tremendous even by rockstar standards.  "With every song that I write, I compare it to the Beatles,” Noel said once. “The thing is, they only got there before me. If I'd been born at the same time as John Lennon, I'd have been up there.” But hyperbolic quotes, the fights with paparazzi and even the drug-addled on-stage banter are just a side show. There’s nothing arrogant about “Champagne Supernova”… well, maybe a little bit but let’s call it ambition and let’s call the song a dreamy power ballad that everyone should enjoy.

(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? is an album that just works and that’s because it has the songs to back up a mouthy pair of siblings’ pretensions to grandeur. The words of “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger” don’t really leave you, they hide just behind the tip of your tongue waiting for the next time you hear Oasis to rush out and surprise even you with their catchiness. This quality album sounds just as good today as it did in 1995, and that’s why it’s an indisputable “classic”. Or would you prefer higher praise, Noel?
If Definitely Maybe was Oasis' first fling with rock ‘n roll, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? was their first snog with superstardom.
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Rolf 2009/08/04 9:45 AM
More of a Definitely Maybe man myself, but Don't Look Back In Anger is still my favourite Oasis song...
preshen govender 2009/08/05 9:20 AM
It (What's The Story) Morning Glory a song About story about morning sickness ?
Xenia Luff 2009/08/05 4:59 PM
Wonderwall is my all time favourite song. This album is a classic!!!!
Kosie 2009/08/06 11:55 AM
Oasis is a bunch of English faggots! The Gallagher's are a good example of bad rubbish...
galamatias 2009/08/17 5:51 PM
"What's the Story ..." a classic? I think not. "Definitely Maybe" possibly - if you like cheap Beatles songs not written by the Beatles. With the exception of three songs: Don't Look Back ...; Roll With It; Champagne Supernova(with a push I'll accept Wonderwall as something to sing once you're well sozzled and you've exhausted Hey Jude, Piano Man and Living Next Door To Alice) there's nothing memorable here. This was the height of Brit-pop and Cool Britannia - and look what that gave us: Coldplay! Coma back Teenage Fanclub, or even Blur - all is forgiven.
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