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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Live4ever review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying BIrds - 'Chasing Yesterday'
Noel Gallagher likes having his destiny in his own hands.
Go back to the earliest days of Oasis and it was a single-handed drive for super stardom, when a masterplan jotted down in notebooks carefully sketched out three years of a life to be transformed, driving the man from the dead-end alleys of Thatcher’s Britain to the champagne halls of Tony Blair’s Downing Street.
Fast-forward a couple of decades and the beginning of a solo career started to put Gallagher firmly back in control, although 2011’s ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ was a study in classic, if unspectacular British songwriting.
Owing more to The Kinks than Oasis ever did to The Beatles, basic, user-friendly anthems were almost immediately filling arenas even if the LP itself felt somehow unfulfilled. The blame for this unquenched mood should be left at least partly at the door of Dave Sardy, a producer with which Gallagher has enjoyed a long, and no less bemusing, creative relationship since Oasis’ 2005 album ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’.
In Sardy’s hands the magic of songs long before devoured on YouTube were lost. ‘If I Had a Gun’, haunting and painfully emotional in its embryonic live form, was Sardied into a predictable dirge where everything – acoustics, electrics, drums, you name it – was thrown at the mix in one immediate lump. Disappointing too was the final version of ‘(I Want To Live In a Dream) In My Record Machine‘; discussed for years and packing a punch in demo form, on record taken up a key and inexplicably narrated by the soundtrack of children let loose in a playground. Where spice should have been the ingredient of choice, all Sardy could find was sugar.
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