Review: Noel Gallagher – Chasing Yesterday

Schermata 2015-02-15 a 14.23.21Artist: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Writer: Noel Gallagher
Producer: Noel Gallagher
Label: Sour Mash
Genre: Alternative Rock
Lenght: 43:52 (10 tracks)
Release date: 2 march (UK)



Noel Gallagher’
s second solo album appeared few days ago on Youtube even if it’ll be officially released the 2 march in the UK (25 february in Japan). After the successful first solo album (the self titled “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds), 2nd best selling rock album in 2011 in the United Kingdom, Noel Gallagher is returning into the scene after more than 3 years.

The first single, “In the Heat of the Moment” was released last october, while second single, “Ballad of the Mighty I”, will be released the 23rd of February but has been already uploaded on Youtube.

The album starts with “Riverman”, according to Noel one of the best songs he’s ever written. And it’s probably true. The melody is great, the chorus is brilliant, there’s a good guitar solo and even two sax solos.

There’s a little bit of Oasis on this record on “Lock All the Doors”. This song was recorded by Oasis as a demo around 1992. Gallagher found the way to make it work while leaving Tesco Supermarket in Maida Vale (London) where he lives. The result is a proper Rock ‘N Roll tune with a beautiful and powerful chorus.

A soundcheck version of “The Dying of the Light” appeared on Youtube almost 3 years ago and instantly became. The final version is pretty the same and it’s the classic Gallagher’s love song/ballad, just like “If I Had A Gun” on the first record.

“The Right Stuff” is the farthest song you can get from Supersonic, according to “The Chief”. It was described by him as a “proper psychedelic jazz song”. The intro is more than 1 minute long, then the main line “You and I got the Right Stuff” is surrounded by a sax, an electric guitar and a great bass riff. This is the experimental side of the former Oasis star.