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Alan McGee: essere un fan degli Oasis è non dover mai dire "mi dispiace"

September 2008
Turning 48 yesterday, I realised the only Creation band that I still get excited about is Oasis. And who wouldn't? The band contains two world-class songwriters, and two great ones, and their new release Dig Out Your Soul is truly tremendous. It's as if they have re-imagined their discography and made their true follow-up to What's the Story Morning Glory, completing the elusive and perfect rock'n'roll trilogy that began with Definitely Maybe.

The music world needs Oasis at this moment, a band with more personality and more amusing quips than any British band for at least 10 years. Throughout their history Oasis have captured the pop zeitgeist (and my personal zeitgeist) as a band that combine the best elements of the Beatles and Sex Pistols to emerge as this generation's Rolling Stones.

"Better than Morning Glory", has become many a critic's meme when reviewing post-Morning Glory Oasis albums, thrown into reviews in a random fashion as a desperate bid to return the band to the halcyon days of old. You know what? Dig Out Your Soul is the best Oasis album since What's the Story Morning Glory. Easy.

The signs were good when I met up with the Gallagher brothers last year in Los Angeles. We discussed music and, curiously, Noel told me how much he liked Glasvegas. I was surprised that he had heard of them at that point. The evening fell into typical Oasis debauchery: hanging out with Brody Dalle and Biffy Clyro and ending up in a dub club in east LA with Oasis participating in a stage invasion. The surreal nature of being Noel Gallagher must be bizarre. Noel, at his best, writes songs about pure escapism, northern ambition and transcending class culture, all in rock'n'roll Technicolor. The question is: "What do you do when you've achieved all your dreams?" You return to your youth and get back to who you were.

Dig Out Your Soul works because Noel has returned to the original inspiration of his youth for his songwriting. Definitely Maybe was about their dreams of rock'n'roll stardom, Morning Glory was about achieving the dream, Be Here Now was the coked-up aftermath, now Dig Out Your Soul is a glance to a psychedelic yesterday, again. For me, the past four post-Morning Glory albums never captured the magic of the first two. Songs from the past five albums had moments of pop reverberations and incredible songwriting, but were never complete statements. With Dig Out Your Soul, the notorious Oasis brothers have found their mojo. It's back, without a doubt.

Musically, it's a return to the grander ambitions and excess of before, with Noel stating: "But I kind of like fancy! I'd like to make an absolutely fucking colossal album. You know? Like literally two orchestras, stuff like that." Dig Out Your Soul is Oasis at their most baroque and Noel's pure pop ambition sits easily with his experimental side. The album oozes with confidence, and great songs.

Maybe it is their the lucky seventh album? The Beatles and the Stones released Revolver and Beggar's Banquet respectively, both were album number seven, and Dig Out Your Soul is on a par of with both in terms of classic songwriting. Or maybe it was his musical peer Paul Weller who inspired Noel to turn his back on Britpop and take a more eclectic direction after Weller's own opus of 22 Dreams? Noel Gallagher has said that Shock of the Lightning was the only song that had "Oasis single status" as the rest is far removed from the sound of Oasis.

I love the decision not to make the album freely available to download, as the Charlatans and Radiohead have. Noel's decision to release the sheet music and lyrics is very Noel; not encouraging free music, but encouraging kids to pick up guitars, learn songs and YouTube them. Or forming a personal army of New York City buskers to perform Dig Out Your Soul - and why not?

These songs are fantastic. From the opening Bag It Up, with the "freaks coming out through the floor", capturing the sound of drug psychosis; the Buffalo Springfield raga glam-stomp of Get Off Your High Horse Lady; the street-fighting vibe of Waiting for the Rapture, the Left Bank psychedelic baroqueness of To Be Where There's Life; the Dear Prudence lift on The Turning - Dig Out Your Soul is the sound of one of Britain's greatest bands at play.

Liam's soulful vocals are utter gems, no longer the one-take hooligan of before, he plays it like a psychedelic Elvis, underpinning the tracks with a commanding presence. Noel's vocal turn on Falling Down is one of the best tracks he has ever sang on. It is subtle, haunting, and full of pure Noel Gallagher magic.

I understand that openly admitting to liking Oasis is inviting confrontation, but you know what?
Being an Oasis fan is never having to say I'm sorry. And I'm not. Leave saying sorry to the Coldplay imitators as their era of bedwetter music is over. It's only Glasvegas and Oasis for competition in this country. If you are in a band and are not artistically competing with the creative rock'n'roll genius of Oasis or Glasvegas, it's time to just stop and get off the treadmill. This is how rock'n'roll should be done in the United Kingdom today.

Alan McGee

- - - Settembre 2008 (traduzione libera, presa da internet)

Ho fatto 48 anni ieri, l'unica band della Creation che mi continua ad entusiasmare sono gli Oasis . Perché questo ? La band ha due songwriter di una classe “mondiale” e sono due Grandi , e il loro nuovo album è veramente Immenso . E' come re-immaginare la loro discografia e pensare che questo sia il successore di What's the story Morning Glory , il completamento di una perfetta trilogia rock'n'roll iniziata con Definitely Maybe.

Il mondo della musica ha bisogno degli Oasis in questo momento , una band con più personalità è più divertente di qualsiasi altra band degli ultimi 10 anni . In tutta la loro storia gli Oasis hanno catturato il pop zeitgesit , una band che combina assieme i migliori elementi di band come Beatles e Sex Pistols per emergere verso i Rolling Stones .

“Il migliore da Morning Glory” è diventato lo slogan di moltissimi critici per tutti gli album usciti dopo Mornig Glory , recensioni fatte a caso e poco attinenti all'album in questione , come un disperato tentativo di restituire alla Band i migliori giorni della loro carriera . Sapete cosa ? Dig out your soul è il migliore album dai tempi di What's the story Morning Glory . Facile.

I segnali che mi sono arrivati l'anno scorso dall'incontro con i fratelli Gallagher erano stati molto positivi . Abbiamo discusso di musica e curiosamente Noel mi parlò dei Glasvegas (gruppo ora seguito da Alan McGee) . Mi aveva sorpreso che avesse già sentito parlare di loro .

Dig out your soul funziona perché Noel è tornato all'ispirazione delle origini , della sua giovinezza .. Definitely Maybe gridava il sogno di diventare una rock'n'roll star , Morning Glory la realizzazione del loro sogno , be here now l'album sotto l'effetto pesante di droghe .. , Ora Dig out your soul è uno sguardo a quel periodo psichedelico ..ancora una volta. Per me , gli ultimi 5 album dopo Morning Glory non hanno mai catturato la magia dei primi 2 . le canzoni negli ultimi 5 album sono fantastico Pop e grandi prove di songwriting .. ma non sono complete . Con Dig out your soul i noti fratelli Gallagher hanno ritrovato il loro talento . Sono tornati senza nessun dubbio !

Musicalmente , è un ritorno alle ambizioni e ai grandi eccessi di prima , con Noel che spara : “ Vorrei fare un album colossale , capito ? Con due orchestre o qualcosa del genere ..” Dig out your soul è disco Oasis più barocco che abbiano mai fatto , e con un Noel che trova facilmente il suo lato sperimentale . L'album è composto da grandi canzoni .

Forse è il loro settimo album fortunato ? I Bealtes a i Rolling Stones realizzarono rispettivamente come settimo album Revolver e Beggar's Banquet , e Dig out your soul è alla pari di questi due. O forse stare in stretto contatto con Paul Weller ha ispirato Noel a cambiare un po' direzione dopo il disco di Weller “22 dreams” ?Noel ha affermato che “The shock of the lightning “ è l'unica canzone che rispecchia quasi totalmente gli Oasis come li conosciamo , il resto è ben lontano ..

Amo la decisione di non rendere l'album disponibile gratuitamente per il download , come hanno fatto invece i Charlatans e i Radiohead . Noel ha deciso di offrire liberamente i loro testi e le tabulature ... e questo è NOEL ; non incoraggiare la musica libera , ma incoraggiare i bambini e i ragazzi a prendere in mano la chitarra , suonare le canzoni e pubblicarle su YouTube . Raggruppare un esercito di musicisti e fare suonare le loro canzoni per New York ..perché no?

Queste canzoni sono fantastiche. Dalla canzone di apertura Bag It Up con i "mostri che vengono fuori dal pavimento", che racchiude il sound della psicosi da droga. La camminata pensante-glam e raga alla Buffalo Springfield di Get Off Your High Horse (Lady); l'atmosfera da rissa di strada di Waiting for the Rapture; il barocchismo psichedelico da Left Bank di To Be Where There's Life; la portata alla Dear Prudence su The Turning - Dig Out Your Soul è il sound di una delle più grandi band del mondo all'opera.

La voce più soffusa di Liam è perfetta , non ha più la voce stile hooligans di prima , suona come un Elvis più psichedelico e le sue canzoni sono decisamente più intense . La voce di Noel in Falling Down è una delle sue migliori prove di sempre , è sottile , inquietante e piena di pura magia di Noel .

Capisco che ammettere apertamente di apprezzare gli Oasis invita al litigio, ma sai una cosa?
Essere un fan degli Oasis è non dover mai dire "mi dispiace". E io non lo dico. Mi dispiace dirlo ma la musica dei Coldplay e i loro imitatori ormai è finita ..da un bel po' . Ci sono solo gli Oasis e i Glasvegas che si possono mettere in concorrenza ora in questo Paese .

Se siete in una band e non siete in concorrenza con il genio creativo di Oasis e Glasvegas ..beh è il momento giusto per fermarsi e scendere dal tapis roulant .

Quello di cui vi ho parlato ora è Rock'n'roll gente ..come dovrebbe essere fatto in Uk oggi.

Alan McGee
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