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Saturday, April 16, 2005
Don’t Believe The Truth (Big Brother Recordings)
Britpop bores are all mouth and no trousers
THIS sixth album had a nightmare gestation, beginning as a collaboration with dance producers Death in Vegas, being binned three times, taking in a terrible headlining Glastonbury slot and coming out 18 months behind schedule.
As ever, there were rumours of a rift between the grouchy Gallaghers, but both contribute tracks to the album, as do Gem and Andy Bell. The result doesn’t look promising. The band’s increasingly desperate leader has compared the new songs to everyone from Elvis, The Who and Bob Dylan to Soundtrack of Our Lives on Skol. What, no Beatles?
Despite Noel’s bluster, the first single, Lyla, has already been given a rough ride by fans. It gets an average rating of 2.5 out of 10 on XFM’s Oasis message board, where one fan suggests the chorus sounds a lot like Mona by Craig MacLachlan.
Note to Noel: throwing in a swirling siren sound isn’t enough to make a song exciting. Still, there are signs that a back-to-basics approach to writing lyrics might find favour with old fans. Part of the Queue, featuring the Cuban percussionist Lenny Castro, is apparently about waiting to buy a pint of milk, while the Liam-penned Love Like a Bomb, inspired by Julie Christie and described as a wistful follow-on from Songbird, should be worth a listen.
Andy Bell’s title track borrows its intro from Midnight Cowboy, although his other contribution, Keep the Dream Alive, inspired by David Essex in Stardust sounds like one to give short shrift.
They say “Our best record since Definitely Maybe. We stuck it out; we stuck to our guns and we pulled it off.”
We say Don’t believe the hype.
Verdict Don’t buy. Save your money for the DVD of this summer’s eagerly awaited live shows.
Released Single on May 16; album on May 30. A Polish DJ has leaked Lyla to the net. LV
source : The Times
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