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Arriving with the force of a hurricane, Oasis' third album, Be Here Now, is a bright, bold, colorful tour de force that simply steamrolls over any criticism. The key to Oasis' sound is its inevitability -- they are unwavering in their confidence, which means that even the hardest rockers are slow, steady, and heavy, not fast. And that self-possessed confidence, that belief in their greatness, makes Be Here Now intensely enjoyable, even though it offers no real songwriting breakthroughs. Noel Gallagher remains a remarkably talented synthesist, bringing together disparate strands -- "D'You Know What I Mean" has an N.W.A drum loop, a Zeppelin-esque wall of guitars,...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Arriving with the force of a hurricane, Oasis' third album, Be Here Now, is a bright, bold, colorful tour de force that simply steamrolls over any criticism. The key to Oasis' sound is its inevitability -- they are unwavering in their confidence, which means that even the hardest rockers are slow, steady, and heavy, not fast. And that self-possessed confidence, that belief in their greatness, makes Be Here Now intensely enjoyable, even though it offers no real songwriting breakthroughs. Noel Gallagher remains a remarkably talented synthesist, bringing together disparate strands -- "D'You Know What I Mean" has an N.W.A drum loop, a Zeppelin-esque wall of guitars, electronica gurgles, and lyrical allusions to the Beatles and Dylan -- to create impossibly catchy songs that sound fresh, no matter how many older songs he references. He may be working familiar territory throughout Be Here Now, but it doesn't matter because the craftsmanship is good. "The Girl in the Dirty Shirt" is irresistible pop, and epics like "Magic Pie" and "All Around the World" simply soar, while the rockers "My Big Mouth," "It's Getting Better Man!!," and "Be Here Now" attack with a bone-crunching force. Noel is smart enough to balance his classicist tendencies with spacious, open production, filling the album with found sounds, layers of guitars, keyboards, and strings, giving the record its humongous, immediate feel. The sprawling sound and huge melodic hooks would be enough to make Be Here Now a winner, but Liam Gallagher's vocals give the album emotional resonance. Singing better than ever, Liam injects venom into the rockers, but he also delivers the nakedly emotional lyrics of "Don't Go Away" with affecting vulnerability. That combination of violence and sensitivity gives Oasis an emotional core and makes Be Here Now a triumphant album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646853023
  • Catalog Number: 68530

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oasis Primary Artist
Mark Feltham Harmonica
Liam Gallagher Vocals
Noel Gallagher Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Paul McGuigan Bass
Alan White Percussion, Drums
Johnny Depp Slide Guitar
Mike Rowe Keyboards
Bonehead Guitar
Technical Credits
Mark Coyle Contributor
Nick Ingman String Arrangements
Owen Morris Producer
Noel Gallagher Producer, String Arrangements
Mike Marsh Mastering
Brian Cannon Cover Design, Sleeve Director
Mathew Sankey Sleeve Assistant
Martin Catherall Sleeve Assistant
Michael Spencer Jones Sleeve Photo
Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Be Here Now, and gone!

    Pretty much after this album came out in the mid-summer of 1997, I stopped following the "Brit-Pop", Beatlesques tunes of Oasis. Definitely Maybe (1993), and What's The Story Morning Glory (1995), were, respectively, a good lasting flash-in-pan. "Know What'd I mean?" stands and delivers a good effort. "All Around The World" is another good tune. To bad, the teens of today who were just children ten years ago when Oasis reign supreme, will only know the latter song for being used in the AT&T commercial.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OASIS TO THE END

    I'LL BE HONEST THE FIRST I LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM I WAS LIKE '' THIS IS BAD '' BUT SINCE WHEN IT CAME OUT UNTIL NOW IT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE ALBUM THAT NEVER LEAVES MY CD PLAYER... WHAT I REALLY LIKE ABOUT OASIS IS THAT THEIR SOUND '' IS SO ORIGINAL '' NO ONE SOUND THAT POWERFUL THAN OASIS...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I hope, I think, I know

    This is a very interesting album. U might not like it the fist time when u listen it but eventually u`ll discover how complex this album is. This is not selling the old methods, it`s just plain good and rocky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD!

    This is probably Oasis's best cd. However it's hard to say that with (WTS)MG and the Masterplan out there, but this cd is definitely a must-have for all oasis fans, for all music fans for that matter. Really amazing songs, all of them are great, no half-assed tracks, and Liam and Noel sound fabulous!

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