Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon?

 

The third release from the ex-Oasis maestro sees him under a new guise, following the collaboration with producer David Holmes, who Gallagher says, changed his outlook on song writing and album-making.

What Gallagher describes as cosmic pop sees a shift in sound compared to his previous two albums, which often sounded like a lot of Oasis’ later catalogue. The album begins experimentally with track ‘Fort Knox’ which is laden with psychedelic chords and annoying alarms, it is a fiery opener to what is an explosive album.

The track ‘Holy Mountain’ is an infectious love song straight out of the glam-rock era that sounds like The Vaccines meet Bowie. Added to that is the track “Man Who Built the Moon” which sees a grand change in sound, owing to the space-rock riffs and cosmic choruses that accompany some interesting lyricism.

‘Keep on Reaching’ is a contagious pop song that grabs you from the start, but Gallagher’s own personal comparison with Marvin Gaye is pretty far-fetched, although it sees a change in mood as Gallagher kicks the heat and tension out of his music, preferring sunshine and love.

The album as a whole is glittered with blissful glee, it’s consistently melodic and reveals an experimental side of Gallagher that many of us were yet to see. It’s extremely expansive in it’s sound and marks a real change in his outlook, it could be his rebuke to claims of creative stagnation.

Arguably his best release during his ever expanding solo-career, it at times rivals his best work and is a modern day successor to ‘What’s the Story… Morning Glory’. 8/10

Track Listing:

  1. Fort Knox
  2. Holy Mountain
  3. Keep On Reaching
  4. It’s A Beautiful World
  5. She Taught Me How To Fly
  6. Be Careful What You Wish For
  7. Black & White Sunshine
  8. Interlude (Wednesday Part 1)
  9. If Love Is The Law
  10. Man Who Built The Moon
  11. End Credits (Wednesday Part 2)
  12. Dead In The Water (Live At RTE 2FM Studios, Dublin)
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