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Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
     

Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

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by Oasis
 

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Perhaps it had something to do with the disparaging comments George Harrison made about Oasis last year, but whatever the reason, the Gallagher brothers have elected to stop aping the Fabulous Four so blatantly and start seeking influence from some other fabulous rockers. Fortunately, Oasis have good

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Perhaps it had something to do with the disparaging comments George Harrison made about Oasis last year, but whatever the reason, the Gallagher brothers have elected to stop aping the Fabulous Four so blatantly and start seeking influence from some other fabulous rockers. Fortunately, Oasis have good taste, so whether they're borrowing from Slade, Primal Scream, Stone Roses, or Chemical Brothers on their new album, STANDING ON THE SHOULDER OF GIANTS, they do so in a way that expands their musical horizons and improves their sound. Songs like "Who Feels Love?" and "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" are awash with showers of droning, iridescent guitar, but even the most hypnotic passages overflow with nagging hooks. More significantly, the band has taken one foot out of the past and embraced the present, drawing from DJ culture on such songs as "Gas Panic!" to craft dense soundscapes with layered rhythms, groovin' drum loops, and whirring samples. And fortunately, Oasis haven't lost their sensitivity in the process, as they prove with numerous tear-jerkers, including "Little James" and "Where Did It All Go Wrong?", both of which resound with yearning vocals and melancholy melodies. Lyrically, STANDING ON THE SHOULDER OF GIANTS is Noel Gallagher's most mature offering -- reflective and surprisingly confessional. But whether lamenting damaged relationships or questioning the merits of fame, he ultimately returns to the words of his heralded mentors, who once proclaimed so wisely, "all you need is love": "I thank you for the sun, the one that shines on everyone who feels love/Now there's a million years between my fantasies and fears/I feel love" ("Who Feels Love?").

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since Noel Gallagher plays most of the parts on the album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants isn't really the debut of the new, post-Guigsy/Bonehead lineup, but it is clearly the beginning of Oasis, Mark II. Such a grandiose statement may imply that it's a clear break from Oasis' past, yet that's hardly the case, since many signatures are still in place -- strummed acoustic guitars, big hooks, undeveloped lyrics, familiar rhymes, and a gigantic wall of sound. The arrangements are every bit as detailed as Be Here Now, but they're clearer and better focused, since Oasis' brains weren't clouded with excess and hubris. Ironically, this is also their most overtly druggy, psychedelic release to date -- Gallagher and Mark "Spike" Stent spent endless hours adding Mellotrons, swirling guitars, and vague dancefloor ideas borrowed from the Chemical Brothers and the Charlatans UK, while Noel's melodies invariably follow the minor-key patterns typical of '60s psychedelic pop. Yet for all of its heavy psychedelic influence, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants is really a self-consciously mature departure from the group's usual ebullience, a deliberately mellow, midtempo album spiked with hints of big beat and electronica to prove that they're with it. This may result in the most cohesive Oasis record since Definitely Maybe, but that cohesion has come at a price. Few songs are as bracing as Noel's best work from the first three albums; not even the rockers have the giddy rush or alluring sparkle of classic Oasis. Yes, this flows well, but it's the work of a self-consciously older band and it's hard not to miss the hard rock, pure attitude, and gigantic hooks that made the group's reputation in the first place.
Rolling Stone - Greg Kot
...easily their boldest work, with layering backward guitars and turntable scratching over huge trash-can beats that actually swing a bit.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/14/2009
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624981978
catalogNumber:
516143

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Performance Credits

Oasis   Primary Artist
Linda Lewis   Background Vocals
P.P. Arnold   Background Vocals
Mark Coyle   Electric Sitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Paul Stacey   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Alan White   Percussion,Drums
Charlotte Glasson   Flute

Technical Credits

Andrew McPherson   Cover Photo
Mark Coyle   Sonic Guidance
Paul Stacey   Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Producer,Engineer
Liam Gallagher   Composer,Contributor
Noel Gallagher   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Simon Halfon   Art Direction,Collage

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