Standing on the Shoulder of Giants [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Wiederhorn
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Jon Wiederhorn
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?".
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.

...easily their boldest work, with layering backward guitars and turntable scratching over huge trash-can beats that actually swing a bit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624981978
  • Catalog Number: 516143
  • Sales rank: 1,663

Album Credits

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, 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
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Liam Gallagher Composer, Contributor
Noel Gallagher Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Simon Halfon Art Direction, Collage
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    oasis all wet

    blymie....todays beatles????shyte!!!todays cure perhaps (disintegration)...if they ever grow up they'd be fairly good but music is so bad now kids like this get a nod or worse yet overrated massive mediocrity is still just that.....-e

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oasis deserves more respect from critics

    What can you say about this album, every song on it is fantastic in it's own way. To answer what other review's have said opening with *ucking in the bushes was an idea to have something kick a** to open with live. I feel this was one of the best albums put out this year. Noel's writing just keeps getting better, and even Liam's track, little james is not bad. Buy this album, support the greatest band in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This band must reinvent themselves

    Not one of their better CD's. A few of the songs sound like regurgitations of the first cd or the fourth cd, Masterplan. I was unimpressed with the lack of diversity of styles, sounds and lyrics. I think if the band continues to put out music like this - better to retire now. They like to compare themselves to The Beatles, but the Beatles always changed their influences, sounds,lead vocalist, guest artists, rythyms, tempos, etc. Sorry, I do not agree with the other critics here and until now I have been a die-hard fan. Next...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    standing on the shoulder of giants rocks!!

    Oasis is definitely one of the best bands of our time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nearly on the top of the shoulder

    Oasis comes back strong w/ seemingly mostly Noel's contribution to the whole album lyrically and musically (with the departing of Guigsy(bass) and Bonehead(rhyt.guitar)). Roll It Over and Gas Panic! being the highlights of the album hold great weight in developing the rest of the album's message and tone. Another great album to add to their fine catalog. Sounds better with every listen! Cheers!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Noel *Is* God

    I agree with the previous reviewer, Oasis are the finest band of this generation. The closest we have to a Beatles in the 21st Century. SOTSOG is yet another set of instant classics from Noel and company.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OASIS IS ON TOP AGAIN

    This album is outstanding. It has a great sound to it and is a classic already. I already have it and love it. It is one of their best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back In Oasis !

    Many people though that Oasis didn't have anything new to offer listeners but with this album they proved all the critics wrong, I've been a Oasis fan since the beginning and let me tell you that this album is one of the best they put out. Gas Paninc and Sunday Morning Call are just two songs that show a more darker and gloomer image of the Brit-Rock-Wonders.Liam and Noels voices never sounded better then this. I RECOMMEND THIS ALBUM TO ANY ONE WHO LIKED THE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE VANESSA ROBINSON

    Not, like some critics suggested, short of bona fide Oasis classics - Who Feels Love, Where Did It All Go Wrong? and Roll It Over are as good as anything Noel Gallagher has previously written. Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is contains a foot stomping guitar riff and choral section that The Rolling Stones can only dream about while the claustropobic and haunting Gas Panic and dreamy Little James are also superb. On the downside, ....In The Bushes simply doesn't work, especially as an opening track and Mark Stent goes well over the top with the sonic sound effects on the the dreary and concieved Sunday Morning Call (the accoustic version played on Radio 1 is far superior to this album version). I Can See A Liar is also one of the worst Oasis songs which is not a patch on other punk tracks such as the feedback fuelled celebration of being young and free that was Fade Away (Bring It On Down and even Headshrinker are better as well). Therefore, not the greatest Oasis album (Definitely Maybe still holds that honour) but the best album that will be released this year. Robbie Williams (and all the others) can R.I.P. It is just frustrating that ....In The Bushes and I Can See A Liar weren't replaced by Go Let It Out's b-sides Lets All Make Believe and Cigarettes In Hell because then we would have had an absolute classic to rival Revolver, The Stone Roses, and the aforementioned Definitely Maybe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Same Great Sound!!

    I'm sorry to say I disagree with your last reviewer. This album does indeed sound alot like the Beatles once again! Go let it out (their single release) sound like the Magical Mystery Tour days. Noel once again has proved how brilliant his writing talents are. It also seems to me that Liams voice has matured. I think this is their best cd yet. It is now my fave!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A NEW CLASSIC

    It is Oasis it rules. They are the best band of our generations hands down. Every track is excellent.

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    Posted February 22, 2010

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