Heathen Chemistry

Heathen Chemistry

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by Oasis
     
 

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Although they've been constant fixtures in the British tabloids over the last few years, Oasis haven't offered much music to write home about for quite a spell. That state of affairs changes, however, with the release of Heathen Chemistry, their fifth studio album. The disc sees a number of changes in Oasis' modus operandi, the most prominent of which is

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Although they've been constant fixtures in the British tabloids over the last few years, Oasis haven't offered much music to write home about for quite a spell. That state of affairs changes, however, with the release of Heathen Chemistry, their fifth studio album. The disc sees a number of changes in Oasis' modus operandi, the most prominent of which is Noel Gallagher's taking on an increased share of the band's vocal chores. He rips through the churning, glammy "Force of Nature" with a surprising fury and swoons gently through the largely acoustic "She Is Love." Brother Liam, meanwhile, took some time to sharpen his own writing skills, which he displays on a three-pack of Heathen Chemistry's better cuts, including the Lennon-esque "Songbird" and the brooding, minor-chord rocker "Born on a Different Cloud." A dark bottom layer underscores several of the album's songs, both the full-throttle rockers, such as the feedback-laced "The Hindu Times," and the airier, more expansive numbers, including the trippy "All in the Mind." Heathen Chemistry marks a bracing return to form by a band that seemed to have passed their creative peak.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The official party line goes a little like this: sure, Be Here Now was bloated, but the boys were indulging in their phenomenal success at the time and, yeah, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants was a little uneven, but that was essentially due to overcompensation on the corrective steering, plus the defection of two founding members, so 2002's Heathen Chemistry -- the band's fifth album -- is where Oasis returns to form and starts acting like a band again (hell, not only does Liam contribute three songs, but so does bassist Gem Archer, while Andy Bell throws in a minute-long instrumental). If only it were that simple. First of all, this, like Giants, is produced by Oasis and mixed by Mark "Spike" Stent, so it should come as no surprise that it sounds like that album, only without the slight electronica flourishes, since the band is determined to make this their rock & roll comeback. But that Stent-mixed, Noel-helmed production is big and diffuse, sounding enormous and vaguely psychedelic. When it's matched with the right song -- such as the swirling, majestically nonsensical opener "The Hindu Times" -- it can be an addictive sound, but often it's mismatched with the songs; the sound expands the songs too much and they lose focus and dynamic, whether it's the muted "Digsy's Dinner" stomp of "Force of Nature" (a solo Noel tune unearthed from a 2000 soundtrack for a British-only Jude Law film), epic ballads ("Little by Little"), stabs at sweeping psychedelia ("Born on a Different Cloud"), or rockers (including the Stone Roses-meets-the Stones closer "Better Man"). These are songs that desperately need some kind of definition from their production, since they're Noel-by-numbers (even when they're tunes written by Liam): pleasant, moderately tuneful, but not too hooky, or memorable (especially in this setting), and their deficiencies are brought into relief by the times that he really connects -- the guitar-heavy drone of "(Probably) All in the Mind," a pretty good power ballad in "Stop Crying Your Heart Out," the delightfully unassuming "She Is Love" (sounding as refreshing here as "Rocking Chair" and "Talk Tonight" used to sound as B-sides), and "The Hindu Times," holding up the trend of the last three albums of having Oasis leading with their best song as the first single -- plus Liam's "Songbird," a wonderful, sweet country-rock tune that's easily the second best here.
Blender
Sounds like a band back on track. [8]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/2009
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624981879
catalogNumber:
516148

Tracks

  1. The Hindu Times
  2. Force of Nature
  3. Hung in a Bad Place
  4. Stop Crying Your Heart Out
  5. Songbird
  6. Little by Little
  7. A Quick Peep
  8. (Probably) All in the Mind
  9. She Is Love
  10. Born on a Different Cloud
  11. Better Man

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Heathen Chemistry 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, this is a great comeback for Oasis. The loyal fans will remember the greatness that came with What's the Story Morning Glory and Definately Maybe. Over the years, Oasis has changed their sound - eventually ending in the disappointing SOTSOG. Now they have reverted to the original Oasis sound! My favourite tracks are the Hindu Times, and Little by Little - but all the songs are enjoyable. If you are ready for some real music following the era of boy-bands and divas, then look no further. Like U2, Oasis is back and just as strong as ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So, most in the US have forgotten Oasis' rise to fame in the mid 90's with the release of Whats the Story Morning Glory? Since the release of the lackluster Be Here Now, the follow up album to Morning Glory, Oasis put out another album in 2000, Standing On The Shoulder of Giants. They've also seen Bonehead Arthurs and Guigsy McGuigan walk out on the band. With that, the band grabbed guitar player turned bass player Andy Bell, and Gem Archer to play rhythm guitar. Now Oasis has put out Heathen Chemistry, a mature, rock n' roll spirited album. Liam wrote 3 songs on this cd, all supurbly written; better than Little James, his effort on SOTSOG. The contributatoin of not only Liam but Andy and Gem on the CD allow Noel to write his best, catchy music and lyrics. With the two new members, soberity in the studio and a new outlook on life for espeically Liam and Noel, this album is there best since WTSMG? And the most rock sounding album since they're debut album Definitely Maybe. Most songs are dark and rockier, but others like Songbird and She is love are up-beat, lovey dovey acoustic tracks. Heathen Chemistry exemplifies what Oasis means to music and Rock N' Roll-some spirit and soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The boys do it again! Oasis rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
with each album oasis always has a base style or attitude about it that makes them unique, but it's not to say that their music is redundant or boring. ''heathen chemistry'' is different mostly cos noel isn't the sole songwriter on this album. Liam gave us his first song on ''standing on the shoulder of giants'' and his songwriting skills have definitely grown since then on this album. ''songbird'' is a sweet, spirit-lifting love song. ''born on a different cloud'' is strangely mezmerizing and melancholy. though i'd have to say my favorite song on the album is one of noel's songs, ''force of nature'' with it's sexy grooves! as always oasis write well crafted, soulful songs that make this a worthwhile album to add to one's collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you live in the U.S. you are probably not an avid oasis fan. but i am. and let me tell you this is there best album since Morning Glory. In my opinion it is better. They finally got that rock n roll back in there albums since Def. Maybe. My favirote song on the album has to be little by little with a close second she is love. hats off to liam for the great song writing too. who would have thought that guy could write some darn good songs. after SOTSOG i would never have thought they could come back. but they are. and i am seeing them in concert in new york. Its gonna be pure ecstasy. good job noel, liam, alan, gem and andy. keep rockin
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never thought I'd like an Oasis effort more than ''Morning Glory.'' However, from start to end, ''Heathen Chemistry'' is better. What's more exciting is that I expect the next album, with Liam and Gem and Andy writing tunes too, to be even better. This album is a breath of fresh air in contrast to what's on U.S. radio. It's a shame MTV, U.S. radio and even VH1 ignore Oasis. ''Stop Crying Your Heart Out'' is better than anything Creed has ever done, or will do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
More of the same. Oh well, it will probably sell by the bucketload. Good to see Oasis back to doing what they do best: the Joy Division cover rip off is top notch
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album...I burned mine but I'm going to buy it...my sis just bought I they never fail to give us great music..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new album is cool. Every Track is class. I don't think it as quite as good as What's the story Morning Glory, but still exceptiona;
Guest More than 1 year ago
OASIS still keep their style of music, which is totally unique, and different than any other band. Defenitely still the best band in the world now. Awesome album, all the songs still represent the OASIS trademark. Peace out
Guest More than 1 year ago
a good come back album, but not as good as their earlier work. It could have been better, if you ask me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to this album,I said that this album is byfar their third best album, second is What's The Story Morning Glory, and their best is Definitly Maybe. This is the first time, that we get to hear songs written by all of the members of the band. Noel Gallagher has written about 60 % of the album. Liam Gallagher gets more of his own songs written, after writing his first song "Little James" on the album "Standing On the Shoulder of Giants", and has 30 % of the album written by him. 5 % was written by Andy Bell, and the other 5 % was written by Gem Archer. This album was completely underrated, and the best songs on here are: The Hindu Times, Stop Crying Your Heart Out, anything written by LIam Gallagher, Andy Bell, and Gem Archer. I Recommend this album for anyone who has taken Oasis Seriously.