"Top 100 Albums"
Oasis- (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
One very ordinary album, who’s beauty lies in how it is so ordinary. It is one of those albums that is one of the most relatable for British culture, of just slacking and enjoying the small things. I mean you can call the Gallagher brothers pretentious, but they don’t show it in their music , not at that point anyway. If you want to enjoy the music, just don’t cloud your judgement on it by watching interviews with the musicians behind the music. The awesome thing about the album is its honesty. I mean, most Britpop before then was about the whole rock’n’roll style of it. You can hear that with their ‘Definitely Maybe’ album, this one changed it slightly to being more open and showing a little more emotion, yet still keeping things simple. This is shown in songs like ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and ‘Cast No Shadow’.
'Hello' begins the album, and it doesn't exactly reel you in too well yet, not in the same way 'Rock'n'Roll' star did in 'Definitely Maybe', however it does show the new style of the album. The tempo is slowed down, and lines like “life is a game we play”, “We had the chance and threw it away” and “And it's never gonna be the same, cause the years are falling by like the rain” show the Oasis opinion on life and the place they are at in their life straight away. 'Roll With It' is then still not reeling anybody in, it's a bit too simple and catchy to the point of annoying. However the whole thing about living in the present, gives us a deeper insight into the whole British slacker opinion once more. After this is the very vague, hardly-explored love song everyone loves called ‘Wonderwall’, I don’t know whether I don’t like this song because it’s overplayed or it’s just not a very good song. Most of it doesn’t really make too much sense. Either way it changed Britpop to introduce the emotional ballad into the genre, which is well needed. If only I could listen to the song properly for the first time.
'Don't Look Back In Anger' follows this, and in my opinion is probably the first good song of the album! Strange coincidence that 'Noel' sings it rather than 'Liam'. You've got to admit, even if you find that the song is overplayed, that it is a really well-written song. The verses are just as awesome as the chorus is, I'd say this song is carrying on from 'Wonderwall' with the relationship, this time being about the break-up. However themes from previous songs are also explored in “start a revolution from my bed” and “all the things you've seen, will slowly fade away”. It's just a really well-done song, musically and lyrically, simple but effective. Unfortunately after this comes a half-arsed Liam song called 'Hey Now!'. Among the vague lines there is an underlying theme of 'change' explored quite a lot through the album, which is a fair enough theme.
Now I’ve just really been slating this album for all the songs in this first half other than ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, bet you’re wondering why I’ve placed in at number 56. And that’s for its amazing second half! This second half starts with ‘Some Might Say’, which is the greatest song of the album in my opinion. The distorted guitar gives that raw, rocked feel which is also shown in the lyrics all about taking what you can, and living for the now because you only have one life. Shame that way of thinking made the Gallagher brothers who they are. ‘Some Might Say’ makes Liam sound quite good actually, you can hear a bit of emotion in there. ‘Cast No Shadow’ is then another ballad which packs a lot more weight than say, ‘Wonderwall’ because the lyrics are a lot more meaningful, about someone who doesn’t know who he is, therefore ‘casts no shadow’ ie. people don’t know who he is, and nothing he does has too much effect on people. Who they are referring to as ‘They’ I believe is society. This one is a lot more emotional than the majority of the first half album. And a lot more powerful. ‘She’s Electric’ is then a nice light number we all need after ‘Cast No Shadow’ full of lovable nonsense, with a lovely upbeat, happy feel about a woman the speaker must like.
'Morning Glory' is probably the first song on the album that is - for Britpop - genuinely innovative in the opening first seconds, also it is the first song which shows they don't really give a damn about how people take it, and isn't 100% easy-listening (with the exception of Liam's voice). 'Morning Glory' along with 'Champagne Supernova' probably make up the most powerful part of the album. 'Champagne Supernova' is just an epic with actual psychedelic qualities as it starts with quite a dreamy tone and then it just lifts and lifts until the loudest part of the album, and the most uplifting part of the album. Also the 7 and a half minute running time is quite brave of a band like 'Oasis' do, and the brilliant thing about it is the fact that it doesn't feel like it doesn't go on for too long, whereas the 5 minute long 'Hey Now' really does.
Recommended Listens: “Don’t Look Back In Anger”, “Some Might Say”, “Champagne Supernova”
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