The controversial reissue of the classic Oasis album Definitely Maybe in 2013 saw the infamous Gallagher brothers return to the headlines when Liam told fans not to invest in a money-making scheme. The eldest of the Gallagher brothers is back in the media spotlight again, but this time for less controversial reasons, since he started touring with his new band, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, promoting their latest album, Chasing Yesterday (2015). Despite describing it to the Guardian as ‘space jazz’, Gallagher’s latest project still emanates a lot of the characteristic Oasis sounds. The lyrics suggest a sense of nostalgia, a realisation that times have changed on tracks such as ‘You Know We Can’t Go Back’. Although that won’t stop Gallagher from trying to relive Manchester’s wonder years, with The Smith’s guitarist, Johnny Marr, featuring on ‘Ballad of the Mighty I’.
The band’s new material may not have the pub sing-along qualities of the old Oasis anthems, or really meet the ‘space jazz’ label, but, as always, he has managed to produce some great, classic rock music.
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