Hi all, so you might have noticed I have favored to review albums from a little ways back more recently. Well that trend will continue no doubt. However, today I thought I’d post about an album from 2015 that tries to look and sound like an album from yesteryear. The album I present to you is “Chasing Yesterday” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Bird enthusiasts will no doubt recognize Noel Gallagher as the creative force behind nineties rock favorites Oasis, the band fronted by his brother Liam which captured the hearts of millions here across the pond and launched a British invasion of alt. pop surrogates to take to the states in order to seize the golden opportunities radio listeners were left seeking since the demise of the Beatles years ago. Noel the songwriter behind Oasis wasn’t the flashy front man that his brother was and after the roller coaster that is fame loopty looped that band through the ringer Oasis was victim to a messy breakup caused by the brother’s spat. A lifetime later due to an American tendency to ignore things from the Queen’s land, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are back to basics as this album came out in relative obscurity here in the states.
All that aside, “Chasing Yesterday” is a solid album. If you listen to it, I recommend you look forward to “The dying of the light” which is a nostalgic ride, that captures the zeitgeist Oasis used to knock out of the park on a regular basis. The basic formula is simple… acoustic guitar plus dreamy lyrics and a cool subdued vocal that peaks and valleys throughout matched with simple yet evocative lyrics that lend themselves to karaoke = hit. “Dying” seems to embody that 90s alt rock sound so perfectly represents the concept the album is named after, “Chasing Yesterday”.
Capturing lightening in a bottle again seems to be what Noel Gallagher attempts to do with this album, throwing all his old tricks that worked for Oasis, but this time without Liam mucking things up. Another stand out track is “Riverman” a bluesy and effortless song, which features a cool saxophone and an easy build up that really stirs some emotions, all the while the always laid back easy going vocal rests comfortably on the track like an well worn baseball glove. Noel is a true veteran and has survived Pop rock music’s bipolar nature and is now stable and comfortable. “Chasing Yesterday” is a great album you should listen too.