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despite esoteric nods to Italian composers, Noel Gallagher isn't cool anymore

LONDON - This should be a "positive" review... rare to find one. Of course Q Magazine a Nme were a bit positive because they LIVE of Gallaghers (the Nme writes 3 out of 5 articles about them) and they would lose thousands of readers if they posted a negative review.
Of course also many Oasis fansites don't even post the negative reviews, hiding what the main music magazines think about the album. They're used to kneel for the "divinity" Noel Gallagher who used to use them as a door mat.
Better than Beady Eye or lost without Liam? Noel Gallagher isn’t cool anymore. Just ask Radio 1, they’re not playing his stuff because he’s too old. Ask any of the bands pouting from the pages of NME, Oasis has been a dirty word for years. Or ask Liam, he’ll tell you: “SHITBAG,” he called him on Twitter. “One word. Dido,” went his curt review of Noel’s first single.
Gallagher Sr. was dropping diverse references to Ennio Morricone and Derrick May, talking up a collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous – “some of it’s krautrock, some of it’s soul, some of it’s funk and that’s just the first song” – and underplaying the merits of his first solo album: “It’s not very Guitar Hero,” he said at the press conference unveiling Noel Gallagher’s High Flying birds.
“There’s echoes of Oasis in there,” Noel said of this record. And that’s understandable. It’s the way he’s written songs for the past 20 years. In older songs (I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine, with its daft rhyme scheme, and the terrace-existentialism of Stop The Clocks, it’s more than just an echo; they’re proper post-Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, mid-album Oasis songs. But this record’s preface hinted at something slightly more left field.
Despite esoteric nods to Italian composers and techno progenitors, however, there’s no great experimentation here. If Morricone’s felt anywhere, it’s on album-opener Everybody’s on the Run, with it’s deft strings and the brooding backing of a choir. As for Derrick May, Noel points to his seminal Strings of Life as inspiration for the piano line on AKA … What a Life!, which does have a certain house music quality to it – the looped-up “woo-hoo” outro is more Cadenza than it is Colombia.
“The most poppy thing on the album,” according to Noel, is Dream On: all gloriously nonsensical lyrics, stomping percussion and a flurry of brass reminiscent of Round Are Way – if a little more restrained.
If I Had a Gun… was earmarked as Noel’s first single. The only song more underwhelming than this track is the song that ultimately replaced it as his debut release, The Death of You and Me.
Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks is a Ray Davies-indebted tale that jabs at religious nuts and war – in an endearingly clunky, roundabout way.
AKA… Broken Arrow – featuring Santana’s bongo player, no less – sounds exactly like Wonderwall, albeit with the addition of a saw – a proper saw – played using a violin bow. It may not be original, but it’s catchy. Same goes for the glam-rock riffs of (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach.
This is far from the boundary-pushing, genre-blurring debut that Noel Gallagher’s preamble hinted at. It’s him, a guitar and typically dodgy lyrics, with some relatively interesting stuff going on around them. The tunes are mostly solid, occasionally brilliant but sometimes forgettable.
Noel Gallagher isn’t cool anymore.
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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.


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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
..... € 10 = £ 8

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