Album Review: Liam Gallagher - As You Were
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So here it is, what could be the most eagerly awaited album of 2017 - Liam Gallagher's debut solo album. After years of saying he would never do it on his own, has the outspoken 45-year old been able to reclaim the success he found in the 90s with Oasis? Well actually, to be brief...no. Since the cinematic release of Oasis's documentary Supersonic to UK cinemas, all the talk has been about a reunion between the Gallagher brothers. Little mention of how the other members of late 00's Oasis would actually feel about this, of course. The narrative has come full circle really, Liam claims his 'bags are packed' for a reunion, Noel says absolutely nothing, Liam slates him on Twitter using a high-schoolesque insult, and everyone forgets about it for 8-10 weeks until the process is repeated. As You Were was Liam's time to seperate himself from the relatively unsuccessful years in Beady Eye and to re-establish himself as the rock n' roll star he is. Whether or not he had the writing capabilities to create a solo album was questioned, but with the help of some established songwriters and producers, he has without doubt managed to move himself away from Oasis's sound. It was inevitable that comparisons would be made, but in truth that's just clutching at straws, let's accept this new movement with open arms. It's a very different album to what the majority of people were expecting, with common themes including apologies, regret and the youngest brother making peace with past conflicts. He seems to want us to know that God is supporting him through these confessions, "In my defence all my intentions were good, and heaven holds a place for the misunderstood." These messages almost convey Liam as a more regretful, emotional character, completely contrasting the persona we've seen dominating music news with his blunt views for so many years. It is all rather fitting, given that this isn't the Liam Gallagher that smashes up hotel rooms, refuses to perform live and gets into fights, but instead the tea-making 45 year old father Liam Gallagher, who is - in his own words - "very, very zen". This new outlook on life has been portrayed expertedly in the previously released 'Chinatown', one of the standout tracks on the record, and one that will be defining in post-Oasis Liam Gallagher's music.
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