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Monday, June 08, 2015
Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds @ The Governors Ball, NYC
Oasis were so massive that it seems strange to see Noel Gallagher play at a festival and not headline. Yet with his solo project, Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds, two albums in and doing nicely, there’s no sense of decline – or even that he’s trading on past glories.
Looking sharp in shades, and with the appearance of a brass section proving that this band is at least trying to be more adventurous than Oasis, Gallagher is in good, gracious form.
Not all the songs sparkle – The Dying of the Light is dull, and his decision to play the Oasis album track Digsy’s Diner seems not so much perverse as inexplicable – but AKA ... What a Life! is vigorous and there’s a touching, horn-enhanced version of Oasis’s Fade Away.
Gallagher’s not afraid to bring out his big guns either – we get a surging Champagne Supernova, Whatever, The Masterplan and, at the show’s conclusion, an absolutely mighty Don’t Look Back in Anger, which provokes the tear-stained singalong of the weekend.
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