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!