Written By: Filip Teovanovic
Originality: (2.0 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (4.0 / 5) Lyrics: (4.0 / 5) Production: (3.0 / 5) Average: (3.3 / 5)
Liam Gallagher formed a band when he was just a kid. Subsequently, Liam invited his brother Noel to join him on the journey of perpetual creative deluge, and sooner than anyone had expected, Noel had more power in the band than its founder. The band in question is Oasis, probably the biggest UK band of the 90s. As time was passing by, it became clear that Liam wanted more attention, so he started writing songs. His animosity towards Noel was gradually enlarging to the point of extinction of Oasis.
The fall of Oasis (yeah, it sounds like it was an empire) split the band’s members in two groups. Noel utilized his status of music God on The Island and even used Oasis songs in his new band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, while Liam wanted to start from the scratch with what was left of Oasis by forming Beardy Eye. His decision not to sing Oasis material was laudable, but it was clear that people wanted to hear more of Oasis.
After two solid albums, Beardy Eye fell apart and it seemed like Liam gave up on his music career. It also seemed like he is waiting for flames to cool off so that he can make peace with his bro and resuscitate Oasis. He was waiting, and waiting, and waiting… He was saying how he is not a “cunt” to go solo. Yet, last summer, he posted short and straightforward tweet – Now it’s official, I am a cunt. It was clear that Liam decided to explore solo terrains of music business. The public speculated whether he will continue in Oasis fashion or not. One year later, which is a reasonable estivation or hibernation period, the album saw the light of the day.
As You Were is just as we were expecting it to be. These songs could have been easily signed under Beardy Eye’s name and released as their third album. There would be no confusion whatsoever. Of course, Liam is bigger name than Beardy Eye (especially because they never constructed a renowned brand), so it’s more plausible when he sings Oasis.
Promotional singles demonstrated that Liam is still a vehement fan of The Beatles, especially John Lennon. He has probably been listening to the same record ever since he was a teenager, so it comes as no surprise that As You Were nurtures retro schtick with sporadic psychedelic elements. His vocal interpretation is his forte, and the choruses are bigger than life. But, is everything executed perfectly? Well, not really.
One of the album’s main issues is that it’s played and sung in the lower speed. It lacks dynamic and vivacity. If they were more energetic, songs would be better received by the audience. Instead, everything appears dreamy and semi-intriguing. As the album unfolds, the intriguing and effervescent quality fades away into a flatline. Liam was collaborating with numerous popular producers, so I am not shocked that platitude defines the final result.
We were familiar with the opening track “Wall Of Glass” ever since the beginning of the summer, and it was somewhat resembling the works of Oasis in the late 90s. It is a song that was suppose to fetch the old fans. Following “Bold” goes few decades back to the times she Liam’s biggest idols were ruling the scene. It is a decently put together acoustic-psychedelic track that sounds like lost hippie hymn. The last single “Greedy Soul” represents more energetic side of the continuum, yet the chorus comes off as anemic. Honestly, it sounds as If it was c-side of the single. Everything melts in the cauldron of mediocrity. Guitars lead the way, and they might be the only dominant theme, but it does not have the flow of one “Songbird” or “Don’t Look Back in Anger”. In this atmosphere, I would appreciate If piano had a bigger role.
Liam treated himself for his 45th birthday with his debut solo material. Unfortunately, it seems like he is still not ready for grand things. He is standing behind the songs that do not differ from anything he created with his brother. I mean, songs are good, but they will never help him reach Noel’s popularity. Maybe he is still doleful because his brother is more famous, and that’s preventing his star from shining fully.