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Wednesday, November 02, 2011
L4E Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds @ HMV Forum, London
An army of Liam Gallagher lookalikes have descended on London’s Kentish Town, filling the pubs and spilling out onto the street. This was the closest anyone would get to seeing the man himself as tonight the spotlight was on his older brother, Noel. Talk of both himself and Liam – both now settling into their post-Oasis projects – was high on the conversational topic agenda and for many this low key affair was the first opportunity to see just what Noel is capable of on his own.
It’s not often you have the privilege of seeing Noel Gallagher play in a venue that is probably no bigger than his swimming pool, and the touts were rubbing their hands with glee as extortionate amounts of money continued to be exchanged right up until showtime. This was certainly not a problem for the man who Noel beat to the number 1 album spot last week, X Factor‘s Matt Cardle, who was spotted in attendance. Tonight’s masterclass in songwriting would have shown him exactly why Noel trounced him to that coveted chart position.
Noel Gallagher fronting a band is not a familiar sight, having admittedly perfected his role in Oasis as “that guy who stood at the side of the stage and did a bit of singing”. Starting all over again at the age of 44 has been a healthy change of circumstances for him. The ‘…High Flying Birds‘ album is a resounding success that finally fulfills the potential he had tinkered with on the last two Oasis albums, ‘Don’t Believe the Truth‘ and ‘Dig Out Your Soul‘.
This time round there was no songwriting democracy and what we have been delivered is an album of pure Noel Gallagher which has made for the finest record he has been involved in since ‘Be Here Now‘ (on a songwriting level, at least).
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