Noel Gallagher seems to have a grip on what he wants to do as far as being a musician. In the time since Oasis split up, he’s steered the ship of a pretty successful solo career with ease. After releasing an EP earlier this year, Gallagher and his High Flying Birds are back with This Is The Place. What’s intriguing about it, is that it’s probably not what any casual fan will expect while still kind of falling into his wheelhouse as an artist.
The three songs and two remixes come closest to when U2 went away from their roots. Like the albums Zooropa and Pop, This Is The Place takes a much larger chunk out of the pop music pie. The title track opens with beats and electronic stabs that hop on and off the song. With Gallagher’s signature voice, someone unfamiliar with his body of work wouldn’t recognize the release as his on first listen. Steering away from the alt rock leanings, the song feels like it’s from a pop music dream. Where “A Dream Is All I Need To Get By” has a more sixties pop tone, it’s still a pop track. The vocals mix with a piano and an acoustic before the band comes in, yet it still draws your ears as it plays.
However “Evil Flower” has all the makings of mid era Depeche Mode or the previously mentioned U2 albums. It’s not bad, just hard to believe that it’s coming from Gallagher. Where he built an empire on licks that reminded you of The Beatles, he’s definitely treading into new territory here. Seeing how Gallagher releases music, this could be a step in the right direction in shedding his past one note at a time.
This Is The Place can be streamed on all streaming services or purchased in all digital music stores and it can be pre-ordered on vinyl directly from Universal. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be on tour November 08 in Auckland, New Zealand at Mt. Smart until November 30 in Bangkok, Thailand at Show DC Arena. His complete tour listings are available to access here.
Image Credits: Photo by Lawrence Watson.