I am a massive fan of Noel Gallagher. His music has meant a great deal to me over the last twenty some odd years. From Oasis to his more recent High Flying Birds, the music he creates instantly becomes the soundtrack to my life. I’d like to share a little bit with you right now. Enjoy.
When Oasis imploded in late 2009 I couldn’t really claim that I was all that surprised. As an Oasis Fan you kind of expected it would happen at some point.
We also knew this would mean two things – more music from Noel and Liam; just not with each other.
Earlier this year Liam and the rest of Oasis minus Noel released their debut album as Beady Eye, a strong effort that actually rivals some of Oasis’ best material in recent years. While it didn’t feel too much like a departure from what the band had been doing as Oasis, it still felt exciting and new.
This of course meant we were just waiting for Noel to come out of the woodwork with new material of his own. It took some time, but a few weeks back Noel made his official announcement of a solo career. A solo career that has already produced two albums set for release over the next year and a half or so.
Last night at 1 a.m. the first of his solo material officially hit digital store shelves. The single “The Death of You and Me” is now available for purchase on his official website. I ordered both the CD single and the digital single.
The video for “The Death of You and Me” hit a few weeks ago so the song has had a few weeks to gestate in the public and from what I can tell, a lot of people are with me in their praise for his work. Again, not a big departure from what Oasis had been doing, but this is Noel Gallagher after all – how far a field did you really expect him to go.
The a-side for the single is a bit breezy and in line with some of the brighter moments of Don’t Believe the Truth. The b-side, “The Good Rebel” feels like a mid-90’s Noel fronted Oasis track. If you enjoyed the hidden moments in the “Be Hear Now” era, I think you’ll feel right at home with “The Good Rebel.”
The first full length album “Noel Gallagher’s High Flight Birds” is set for release this November and from the material I have heard up to this point, I continue to be excited to see what Noel does. It is still a good time to be an Oasis fan – even if Oasis is no more.