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Noel is not as much fun as Beady Eye

LONDON - Oh the list of negative reviews is even longer...
It may seem a fatuous question, but who is Noel Gallagher, really? Seasoned observers might have noted a fundamental slippage between Gallagher, meat'n'spuds songwriter and conservative premier of Oasis, and Gallagher, music fan and raconteur.
The former has presided over the most successful domestic rock band outside metal since the 60s. He has patented an instantly recognisable sound, which many would agree has been meandering in ever-decreasing oxbows for the last few Oasis albums. Here, he's the guy responsible for a song called "Dream On" – a stomping singalong whose command of "shout it out for me" would have worked well as a tune for his brother Liam to bawl in an arena. This Noel Gallagher is as rich as Croesus. Since the irascible demise of Oasis over a flung plum back in August 2009, he should not need to contemplate the sorry business of releasing a commercial record ever again.
Gallagher the raconteur, by contrast, is a witty, urbane fortysomething with wide-open ears and a vast record collection. His fondness for 60s psychedelia has long been in evidence, but his true wig-out capacity, little heard. This is the man behind "The Death of You And Me" here, in which a trombone solo takes the place of guitar and squiggly noises cut through the Kinks homage.
So the good news is, Noel the Head has made an album. The bad news is, this isn't it. The second of Gallagher's two solo efforts is due in the new year and features psychedelic margin-walkers Amorphous Androgynous making merry with Gallagher's raw materials. It's certainly billed as far-out.
High Flying Birds, meanwhile, follows a rather more timid flight plan. It sticks close to the mid-paced, nicely arranged trudge of latter-day Oasis, while lobbing in few digressions that would have got Liam Gallagher's parka in a twist.
The Oasis leftovers include the closer, "Stop the Clocks", a song that has been knocking about in bootleg form for some time. "If I Had a Gun" seems very familiar, too, since it used to be called "Wonderwall". There is, however, one genuinely great line buried within it. "Scuse me if I spoke too soon," croons Gallagher, after a lovely chord change, "my eyes have always followed you/ Around the room". Gallagher has always been more fond of declarations than observations as a songwriter: this makes an intriguing change.
"AKA… What a Life!" begins with electronic cricket trills and migrates furthest from Gallagher's template. It's basically a Noel song set to the thump of early house, the kind of thing he might have cooked up with the Chemical Brothers. It is not altogether unpleasant. But it's not as much fun as Beady Eye's debut single, "Bring the Light", a moment of early promise that failed to develop into a cogent sound for the rump Oasis.
For now, then, Gallagher's High Flying Birds are merely coasting. We will have to wait for next year to find out whether Gallagher has it in him to get truly airborne.

The Observer on The Guardian

** 2 stars out of 5
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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates


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)



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