So I listened to the new Noel Gallagher self-titled record (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds) and it was pretty decent. I think bands like Oasis and Pixies are always going to be a “the whole is more than the sum of its parts” sort of thing. Noel is always going to do his thing, and I think he’s a good songwriter. He doesn’t have the most dynamic voice or stage presence, but he gets by, you know? The song I liked most off the record was “The Good Rebel“. I dug the tune & vocals & harmonies. “Dream On” is also a good listen. “AKA…What a Life!” sounds like a lite version of his Chemical Brothers collab. It’s not that the songs aren’t catchy – I’m not sayin’ that. But if you’ve been paying attention to the Noel-fronted tracks during the Oasis years, I don’t think you’ll be surprised by anything here, except maybe “The Good Rebel“. Whether that’s good or bad is a decision for you to make, right?
The new Angels & Airwaves album is called Love, Pt. 2. The band gave away Love, Pt. 1 last spring in what has been a long run-up to the release of the movie Love. (Part 1 doesn’t seem to be available for free anymore) While listening to Pt. 2, it struck me that I wasn’t hearing anything that was grabbing me. I really dug the first three AVA albums with all their anthemic bombast. It was especially surprising to hear from one of the Blink-182 brats (and I mean that in the best possible way about them).
There’s definitely a mood of stretching themselves it feels like, though. Tracks like “Moon As My Witness” feel different somehow. There are a more atmospheric outros/intros, but I suppose there have been those on other albums as well. This record is similar, but different. I’m sure that’s helpful.
I *am* looking forward to seeing the movie, though. It sounds like a cool concept.
ThePunkSite.com has my favorite interview with AVA, where the interviewer zeros in on the progression of the themes of the first three albums. I think it’s really cool when there’s a connection between a fan and artist like that.