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Acclaimed Albums – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory by Oasis

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 158/250Title: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory
Artist: Oasis
Year: 1995
Position: #77

After listening to Definitely Maybe a year ago, it would be fair to say that my opinion of Oasis drastically improved. I still don’t listen to them that often (because it’s not my typical everyday kind of music) but I am far more open to trying more of their back catalogue.

That being said, I’ve left some time before listening to (What’s The Story) Morning Glory. You see in our first year of secondary school it was the idea of our music teacher to teach us how to sing ‘Wonderwall’. I think it was his idea of being down with the kids or something (with a song that, by then, was 6 years old). However, he insisted that we sing the chorus in received pronunciation rather than mimic the accent, which ruined the song for me.

Listening to this album 17 years after those lessons, I am happy to say that I am now able to find the joy in listening to ‘Wonderwall’. In fact, thanks to a lot of exposure back in the day, this album feels like hit after hit after hit. I mean where I liked Definitely Maybe, I really liked (What’s The Story) Morning Glory – which I guess proves me wrong for that claim I made a year ago.

The peak of this album, at least for me, is ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’. It’s not just because it’s one of the rare songs where Noel Gallagher sings lead vocals, rather than his brother Liam. Nor is it because this song has become emblematic since the Manchester bombings. No, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ is just a extremely well crafted and emotionally mature pop-rock song.

Then there is ‘Champagne Supernova’ which becomes weirder and cooler every time I listen to it. Still not sure what it all means, but I don’t think it’s meant to have any sort of underlying meaning other than being a good song. It’s one of those songs where their Beatles influence really rears it’s head, but in a positive way unlike some of their later songs which started to border on pastiche.

I need to speed up on these albums because I really want to expand this list to encompass a larger selection. Should I do Top 500 or maybe even Top 1000? I’d love to hear from you!

Acclaimed Albums – Definitely Maybe by Oasis

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 134/250Title: Definitely Maybe
Artist: Oasis
Year: 1994
Position: #111

We go into any piece of media with preconceptions. I remember how huge Oasis were when I was very little; to the point where I remember my mum playing What’s The Story (Morning Glory) on our first CD player. We sang  ‘Wonderwall’ in school music lessons (where they insisted that we sang it as ‘wonderwahl’ instead of ‘wonderwaall’). They were massive in terms of their popularity and in terms of being pricks.

So I went into this thinking that I would like this and then feel a bit ‘ugh’ because of how I remember the Gallagher brothers acting. I was pretty much correct. It saddens me to say that I really prefer Definitely Maybe over ParklifeThen again, Gorillaz are amazing and I would listen to them over Oasis any day; so it’s swings and roundabouts.

However, I don’t I actually knew any songs from Definitely Maybe. I guess I am just too young to remember when this album came out, but I swear later songs in their catalogue still get more radio airplay than songs from this debut album.

I’m not sure why that would be either. For one thing, this is one of those albums that has actually made me feel happy as I listen to it. I’ve seen this album’s lyrics described as being ‘optimistic’ in some reviews – and I have a hard time disagreeing with that. I know that these contemporary reviewers will have welcomed a more positive type of rock music coming out after a few years of grunge music being in vogue. I mean, as much as I thought Nevermind was a good album, it wasn’t exactly cheerful.

As far as my limited knowledge of Oasis goes, I will pretty much stake a claim that this is likely to be the album of theirs that I like the most. It’s not as poppy as they would become (where at times they would feel like they are trying to become the next Beatles) and instead is far more on the glam and hard rock side of the musical fence.