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REVIEW: Don’t Believe the Truth by Oasis sucks dookie cigars

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Don’t Believe the Truth if you don’t want to, but the new Oasis album sucks dookie cigars. Indeed, this may be the least interesting new music product I’ve heard all year, though in fairness I should note that I haven’t yet heard the Coldplay album. This makes that crappy Now 18 album I was mocking last week sound almost good. At least “Over and Over” has a hook, even if it doesn’t go anywhere.

I’m not picking up even one decent hook on this entire frickin’ piece of album product. I’m listening to the record right now as I’m writing, and I’m having trouble remembering how the songs go even while I’m listening for the severalth time.

Oasis have often been accused of stealing from classic 60s rock bands, particularly the Beatles and Stones. Maybe that’s been true on some of their records, but it’s not really the case here. If you’re looking for it, you might hear TWO notes of “Street Fighting Man” in the single “Lyla,” but that’s not much, nor worth the effort. There’s not much else specifically identifiable from anywhere else that jumps out.

Would that they were nicking the Beatles, that might start you off towards somewhere interesting. Instead, the whole sound of this record is just a mushy handful of flavorless nothing. This is one of the most precisely generic “rock” albums going. You might broadly take it to represent some median mediocrity of mid 60s British rock styles.

But that’s more consideration than this indistinguished and unmemorable pile of nothing deserves. It’s not really distinctive enough in any way to say where it came from, and who cares?

To end on a more positive note, Noel Gallagher’s recent comments on the upcoming Live 8 concerts and the self-importance of pop star activists were MUCH funnier and more memorable than this album. Speaking truth to deludees of grandeur, Noel Gallagher said:

“Correct me if I am wrong, but are they hoping that one of these guys from the G8 is going to see Annie Lennox singing ‘Sweet Dreams’ and think ‘f**k me, she might have a point there’?”

“Or Keane doing ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ and some Japanese businessman looks at him and says ‘we should really drop that debt, you know’?”

“It isn’t going to happen is it?”

God bless Noel Gallagher’s homely hide.

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  • Tan The Man

    I didn’t think the album was that bad. Oasis still makes better pop than all of those Idols put together. Although Kelly has talent.

  • Al Barger

    It’s not that the album is SO bad, it’s just that it’s not much good. They’re singing in tune and all. They just have absolutely nothing of interest to say at this point, apparently.

    And you won’t catch me buying crap from any of these American Idols.

  • Spain In My Vein

    I think Oasis’ Don’t Believe The Truth is a pretty solid album–lots of pleasant tunes. Certainly better than the new Coldplay. 8/10

  • RJ

    Noel Gallagher is sort of a lovable asshole, isn’t he? 😉

  • Al Barger

    He’s refreshingly impolitic.

    And Spain, it’s going to take a lot more to sell me than to say that some album isn’t as crappy as Coldplay. From what I know of them, that’s pretty low bar.

  • DJRadiohead

    Al, I could not disagree more. The new Oasis album is perhaps the best album of 2005 (look for a couple of pieces I am working on to appear in the coming days).

    I will not disagree with you on the lyrics… I think there are a couple of places where those could have used some help. But Oasis were never a band who made social commentary a big part of their musical persona. I think Oasis’ biggest problem is that their first two albums were so unbelievably good they were never going to be able to reach those highs again. Subsequent albums ranged from awful (‘Shoulder of Giants’) to solid (‘Be Here Now’) to good (‘Heathen Chemistry).

    ‘Don’t Believe the Truth’ is the first Oasis album to be worthy of mention in the same breath as their best work (although it still falls short of it).

    As for Noel’s comments on the G8/Live 8… hilarious and dead on accurate.

  • Al Barger

    Re: “social commentary”: Good lyrics does not necessarily or even usually mean “social commentary.” Indeed, hamhanded attempts at social relevance are very often a major downfall. Most of the best lyrics are personal and internally focused in some way, not outwardly focused and political. For example, John Lennon generated a much more meaningful lyric in “Strawberry Fields Forever” than for, say, “Woman Is the Nigger of the World.”

  • DJRadiohead

    Point taken, Al. I was not meaning to suggest all ‘good’ lyrics had to have a wider social relevance.

    Back to Oasis… they have always been a band of grand ambition but have rarely been a band of grand statements. They have never been a great ‘lyric’ band. They occasionally have a great lyric but that has not been their bread and butter as a band. I think all the things I look for on an Oasis record are present on “Don’t Believe the Truth.” It is the best Oasis album in a decade.

  • karl atkinson

    who is this twat head reviewer?the album ooses class from start to finish,he probely is into westlife and just dosent get it at all,its great indie britpop well written and solid from turn up the sun to the end ,this prick head who wrote the review see above dosent have a fucking clue about music ,he says i havent heard the coldplay album yet well lucky you they bore me to death ive heard more rock n roll in a steps album than they produce ,so stick to your pop m8 and give the gallaghers a break at least they are still a band unlike your favourites westlife

  • Al Barger

    Dear Karl, once you called me a “prick head” then I realized that I was wrong about this album. I should have asked you what my opinion was before I wrote this. My bad.

    And what the hell is a Westlife?

  • Des

    Every one has something they could learn!!! I’ve heard most of Oasis material so far – there is the odd song I can’t get in to but these guys do try new stuff. I think this latest album is one of their best yet.

    Oasis: Fucking Keep going!!!

  • Jesse

    Al….:) :) :) :) :)

  • alienboy

    Des: Oasis have a lot to learn; how to write an original riff, how not to rip off the worst moments of Status Quo and The Beatles and recycle them to an audience to ignorant to know the difference and how not to be an asshole in Noel’s case would be three major improvements, although not enough to make this pile of English poo go away, alas.

    And, new stuff? It took me 5 minutes to get up off the floor after that one. Great comedy, man.