Don't Believe the Truth [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While calling it a rebirth might be a little strong, this disc certainly packs more life than anything these rambunctious Brits have released in quite some time -- precisely because it finds them embracing the chaos that marked discs like What's the Story Morning Glory. Thanks to the fact that the Gallagher brothers are splitting songwriting relatively evenly, there's a welcome diversity -- one that places Liam's still-simmering Beatlemania -- most evident on the summery "Love Like a Bomb" -- against the darker offerings of brother Noel, which come to a head on the menacingly Velvets-like "Mucky Fingers." The band have also mustered up a good bit of the brutish energy ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While calling it a rebirth might be a little strong, this disc certainly packs more life than anything these rambunctious Brits have released in quite some time -- precisely because it finds them embracing the chaos that marked discs like What's the Story Morning Glory. Thanks to the fact that the Gallagher brothers are splitting songwriting relatively evenly, there's a welcome diversity -- one that places Liam's still-simmering Beatlemania -- most evident on the summery "Love Like a Bomb" -- against the darker offerings of brother Noel, which come to a head on the menacingly Velvets-like "Mucky Fingers." The band have also mustered up a good bit of the brutish energy that once accompanied their every move; "The Meaning of Soul," for instance, blows by in two minutes of stormy attitude and wailing harmonica. Oasis's other members get in on the action a bit more this time around as well, with Andy Bell contributing a pair of tracks -- the best being "Keep the Dream Alive," which waxes reflective until a searing guitar solo cuts through the mix -- and Gem Archer tossing in the upbeat "A Bell Will Ring." There are certainly echoes of Oasis past on Don't Believe the Truth, but for the first time in ages, the band sound like they're enthusiastic about -- and readily capable of -- moving forward. Believe that!
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since Oasis has an instantly identifiable, seemingly simple signature sound -- gigantic, lumbering, melodic, and inevitable, as if their songs have always existed and always will -- it can be hard to pinpoint what separates a great Oasis song from a merely mediocre tune. It could be anything from overblown production to a diminished swagger, or it could be a self-satisfied laziness in the songwriting, or a panicky attempt to update their defiantly classicist pop with an electronic shine. All of these problems plagued the group's records since their blockbuster 1995 blockbuster second album, What's the Story Morning Glory?, and while none of the three albums that followed were outright bad, by 2002's Heathen Chemistry it seemed that even Noel and Liam Gallagher had lost sight of what made Oasis great. While that record had its moments, it often seemed generic, suggesting that the group had painted itself into a corner, not knowing where to go next. Surely, all the reports from the recording of their long-gestating sixth album suggested a faint air of desperation. First, the electronica duo Death in Vegas was brought in as producers, bringing to mind the band's awkward attempts at electronica fusion on Be Here Now and Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, but those recordings were scrapped, and then their second drummer, Alan White, left only to be replaced by Zak Starkey, the son of Ringo Starr, suggesting that the Gallaghers were coming perilously close to being swallowed by their perennial Beatles fixation. All of which makes the resulting album, Don't Believe the Truth, a real shock. It's confident, muscular, uncluttered, tight, and tuneful in a way Oasis haven't been since Morning Glory. It doesn't feel labored nor does it sound as if they're deliberately trying to recreate past glories. Instead, it sounds like they've remembered what they love about rock & roll and why they make music. They sound reinvigorated, which is perhaps appropriate, because Don't Believe the Truth finds Oasis to be quite a different band than it was a decade ago. Surely, Noel is still the first among equals, writing the majority of the songs here and providing the musical direction that the rest follow, but his brother Liam, bassist Andy Bell, and guitarist Gem Archer are now full and equal partners, and the band is the better for it. Where Noel struggled to fill the post-Morning Glory albums with passable album tracks having squandered his backlog of great songs on B-sides, he's now happy to have Bell and Archer write Noel soundalikes that are sturdier than the filler he's created over the last five years. These likeable tunes are given soul and fire by Liam, who not only reclaims his crown as the best singer in rock on this album, but comes into his own as a songwriter. He had written good songs before, but here he holds his own with his brother, writing lively, hooky, memorable songs with "Love Like a Bomb," "The Meaning of Soul," and "Guess God Thinks I'm Abel," which are as good as anything Noel has written for the album. Which is not an aspersion on Noel, who has a set of five songs that cut for cut are his strongest and liveliest in years. Whether it's the insistent stomp of "Mucky Fingers" or the Kinks-styled romp of "The Importance of Being Idle," these songs are so good it makes sense that Noel has kept them for himself, singing four of the five tunes himself including the soaring closing duet "Let There Be Love," the brothers' best joint vocal since "Acquiesce". But the key to this new incarnation of Oasis is that this move by Noel doesn't seem like he's hoarding his best numbers, or a way to instigate sibling rivalry with Liam. Instead, it emphasizes that Oasis is now a genuine band, a group of personalities that form together to form one gang of charming rogues. Apart from the tremendous, rambling "Lyla" that channels the spirit of the Faces and the occasional ramshackle echo of Beggars Banquet, there's not much musically different here than other Oasis albums -- it's still a blend of British Invasion, the Jam, and the Smiths, all turned to 11 -- but their stubborn fondness of classic British guitar pop is one of the things that makes Oasis great and lovable. And, of course, it's also what makes it hard to discern exactly what separates good from great Oasis, but all the little details here, from the consistent songwriting to the loose, comfortable arrangements and the return of their trademark bravado makes Don't Believe the Truth the closest Oasis has been to great since the summer of Britpop, when they were the biggest and best band in the world.
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
1/2 The first Oasis album in years that doesn't sound like pale self-imitation.

1/2 The first Oasis album in years that doesn't sound like pale self-imitation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624981831
  • Catalog Number: 516150

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oasis Primary Artist
Lenny Castro Percussion
Martin Duffy Piano
Paul Stacey Piano, Mellotron
Zak Starkey Drums
Liam Gallagher Vocals
Noel Gallagher Guitar, Vocals
Terry Kirkbride Drums
Gem Archer Guitar
Andy Bell Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Liam Gallagher Composer
Noel Gallagher Composer, Producer, Artwork, Audio Production, Art Conception
Ian Cooper Mastering
D. Sardy Producer, Audio Production
Greg Gordon Engineer
Ryan Castle Engineer
Andy Brohard Engineer
Luke Dane Paintings
Jan "Stan" Kybert Engineer
Gem Archer Composer
Andy Bell Composer, Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best album since Whats the story

    The music is good, the lyrics are ok, it seems that oasis is back to lead the top charts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Come on!!!!

    To me Heathen was a lot better... what i don't like about Oasis lately... is that they are not putting out the rockers that they used to... give me a brake with the ballads... just put a good rock and roll album like they used to...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oasis' big comeback!!

    I bought this album today and it is just amazing,the music is amazing, the lyrics written by Liam, Noel, Gem, and Andy are amazing. This is definately one of their top 5 albums. I saw Oasis live in concert in Brussels, Belgium, and they can put on a flawless concert. I saw them from third row. ANyway, Don't Believe the Truth is their big comeback, and Oasis is one of the best bands of all time, and I recommend them to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sublime!

    If you don't agree that this is better than the wonderful "What's the Story, Morning Glory" then you are not listening! The entire album is good, and some of it is great. The more I listen to it, the more I hear that I like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Oasis Record

    I've waited 3 years for a new disc from Oasis and the boys did not let me down. The problem with reviewers of this band is that they are always comparing everything they put out with "(What's The Story) Morning Glory", which I feel is a disservice. This band has continued to grow with each and every record since 1995. "Don't Believe The Truth" is a great one that needs to be in every Oasis fans collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oasis partisans' opinion

    There's been a lot of talk that this is the third best Oasis album (after DM and WTSMG, of course). I know what they mean; none of the songs on this album approach the headiness of "Live Forever", "Supersonic", "Don't Look Back...", or any of the other standouts from their first two albums, so it's hard for this album to measure up. I do believe that this is the most even Oasis album from start to finish, however. There aren't any obvious thowaways/clunkers and I've found myself wanting to go back and listen to the ENTIRE album over and over. It's hard to name a favorite track or weakest track right now. Overall solid album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oasis Is Back!!

    This is definately maybe one of their better albums, especially considering what they've put out lately.

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    Posted December 15, 2009

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