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again and again and again 2 stars out 5 review: Noel's bird fails to soar

ABU DHABI - Oh something new here... usual negative review for his album. I could agree with Noel in the fact that he doesn't even want to be photographed, as he said more than one time, and you don't have to be a model, but if you're a public figure and you even want to be a singer...
He can't stay in the centre of the stage without the grandmother's sad stool.
Another thing about Noel stupid fans: on him failing to sing well and be a frontman, now they're saying he's a "new solo artist"...ah! ridiculous. Not only the man is around since 1991, and they throw shit on Liam when Noel was singing ALONE in some gig in the YEAR 1996? New solo artist my ass. My ass is a new solo artist. He was singing some songs alone in EVERY Oasis gig, and in his acoustic tours as well.

There was an early stage when Noel Gallagher thought it was best to pull the pin on Oasis.
It was after the group's iconic 1996 Knebworth performance, where they played to more than 250,000 fans.
Gallagher described the group's arrival in a helicopter and having the sea of fans singing along to his self-penned lyrics as the pinnacle of the rock'n'roll dream.
Those comments have been dogging him ever since Oasis's creative momentum plateaued with increasingly tepid releases that saw them shed all but the most ardent fans.
Even the faithful - which I confess I was part of - had to read just expectations.
For one thing, we had to expect a few musical howlers among each new offering (something unheard of in the early days - the band's first two albums were all killer and no filler). And we had to accept that the days when we received an adrenalin boost from an Oasis album were all but gone.
When the band unceremoniously self-combusted before headlining a Paris rock festival in 2009, no one was really surprised; it was just a shame they couldn't do a proper victory lap or end things with dignity like the recently retired REM.
Fast forward to February and it was Gallagher's younger brother, Liam, leading the charge for a change.
His new group Beady Eye released their debut to a muted response. The album wasn't actually bad, but since it was so similar to Oasis (I'm not sure about this..), one wondered if the group should have copied Metallica and hired a shrink to help them sort out their differences.
For all that swagger and cool, Beady Eye's September performance at Yas Island couldn't drown out the pervasive feeling you were watching Oasis-lite on stage.
Perhaps Gallagher's decision to hang back may have been wise after all.
Seeing the limp reaction to his brother's new gig, he may have realised the masses would expect more this time around if they were to join him on this new journey.
Disappointingly, like his younger sibling, Gallagher's new project High Flying Birds dips because of its aversion to take flight.
While Gallagher's 10-song collection is awash with some beautifully understated songwriting, it comes across as a batch of songs written between shouting matches as opposed to a fresh start.
Even two songs, (I wanna live in a dream in my) Record Machine and Stop the Clocks, were written for Oasis with the latter penned more than a decade ago.
The affair begins confidently enough, with the swirling orchestrations of Everybody's on the Run. Gallagher's bluesy plea "to hang in there love/because everybody is on the run" nestles sweetly among the lush keyboards and shuffling drums.
With its sturdy beat and no-frills strumming, Dream On resembles a weary version of Oasis's Mucky Fingers, before making way to a glorious chorus that has Gallagher sounding at his most vulnerable. You also see hints of the album's much-vaunted musical exploration, with some brass burbling in the background.
Gallagher flexes his underrated falsetto on If I Had a Gun. The track delivers what it promised when its demo was leaked last year. The producer Dave Sardy builds a foggy sonic template, allowing shards of guitar to ebb in and out with only a steady piano keeping the affair centred.
But instead of advancing confidently, the remainder of the album finds Gallagher wasting all the good will generated by the opening by looking backwards.
While pristinely produced, The Death of You and Me is merely a spritelier rehash of The Importance of Being Idle.
Maybe it's his affection for classic songwriting, but Gallagher was never fond of vocal showboating, preferring a simple melody or rhyme to do the job. But Broken Arrow could have used a kick up the backside; the plodding beat and cool delivery would have been less worrisome if it wasn't an actual love song.
The album ends with the grand ballad Stop the Clocks. Gallagher is justified in claiming the song as one of his finest compositions. Its large scope and warm piano coda recalls his stirring epics Champagne Supernova and All Around the World.
Such a high note shows Gallagher hasn't totally lost his songwriting chops just yet, but in the grand scheme of things, High Flying Birds has yet to convince that the brothers Gallagher are at their best without each other.

2 stars out of 5

about the criticism on Beady Eye in Abu Dhabi: Noel doesn't even play there, of course you can't find huge Oasis-Beady Eye fans there.
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30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel


16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.


new tour


3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)

8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)



fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
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