Our track-by-track guide to the band's seventh album...
Gigwise
11:37 25th September 2008

Oasis are finally back, and Gigwise has the essential track by track guide ahead of the release of their eagerly awaited seventh studio album ‘Dig Out Your Soul’.

We can lay any uncomfortable anxieties to bed straight away because this album goes beyond the realms of what we expected.

The elegantly flowing order creates a feeling of one continuous piece of music and gives a swift slap across the download a song here and there generation. So now for the tracks…

1. Bag It Up -  A striking start to the album and a quick insight into the psychedelia that lies within. Faultless changes including the gritty serene pre chorus: “Someone tell me I’m dreaming/The freaks are rising up through the floor,” delivers in a way only Liam could. Then the onslaught of the sleazy charismatic chorus: “Lay your love on the fire when you come on in/ I got my hee-bee-jee-bees in a hidden bag,” adds the final flavour to a filling starter.

2. The Turning - A slightly reticent comedown from the raucous power of the previous five minutes - and an effortlessly flowing transition from it also. A simple patiently building rock ‘n’ roll belter that moves from calmly stroked chords into a cacophony chorus where Liam lets rip.

3. Waiting for the Rapture - John Desmore and Robby Krieger seem to meet the band for Noel Gallagher’s first vocal outing. It’s the glam and the sleaze that add sinister beauty to a crush of charm. Noel’s high vocal moments are forceful and bounce well with the sharp guitar that pops in and out.

4. The Shock Of The Lightning - The first single to be lifted and one all should be familiar with already. It’s the quick pace and the Keith Moon drum style solo that elevates this track from any monotony that may trouble the cynics. A powerful, driving song intertwined with drips of imposing organ.

5. I’m Outta Time - One of the most talked about tracks at the moment. Liam’s ode to Mr. Lennon does not disappoint. The opening “La La La La” put you off the scent for a moment before the handsome ballad comes alive with Liam’s heart felt vocal. His affection is apparent and it will add a tear to the more emotionally sensitive. “If I’m to fall would you be there to applaud/ Or would you hide behind them all,” rings the chorus and showcases Liam for the great songwriter he has finally become. The speech sample from Lennon that ends: “Are you going to be there when I get back,” is eerie and adds the final poignant stroke.

6. (Get Off Your) High Horse Lady - This song is all about the drums, clapping and the single cowbell note that brings them flourishing further down the line. Noel’s effect laid vocal is uncompromisingly dastardly genius. The song typifies the fantastic effort that has gone into the production on the album. An expertly chosen follow up from the beauty of the previous effort before the beach walking sounds move into the oncoming brilliance.

7. Falling Down - This is one of ‘those songs’. The orchestra promotes a yearning for big things and delivers sophisticatedly. The drums again play the key role in the song. The jumping quick beat juxtaposed with a dark yet soft Noel vocal washes a sense of awe over the whole thing. There is something even more emotionally attaching then Liam’s ballad, and is certainly one of Noel’s best in years both vocally and structurally.

8. To Be Where There’s Life - The Eastern musical influences are apparent throughout but what elevates this Gem track is the powerful Liam vocal that dances coherently rather then a sneeze of confusion. The bass line typifies a Gallagher strut and marches on authoritatively. The plunge back into the verse and the scream of “Dig Out Your Soul” is the intelligent equivalent of an hour listening to Stephen Fry.

9. Ain’t Got Nothin’ - This is Liam standing right in your face scowling with frightening intent. It’s The Who all over with the Oasis magic sprinkled on. A short number but grand nonetheless.

10. The Nature Of Reality - Maracas shake and then in comes the Beatles ‘Revolution’/’Heltter Skelter’ style single note ringing before dropping into an 80s stadium rock beat that oozes the classic British feel. Imagine John Bonham meeting Pete Willis for a jam ensuring there’s enough reverb making headway to keep Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tuffnell happy.

11. Soldier On - A plodding groovy beat under an echoy Liam vocal climaxes the album with the same feel as a soundtrack behind credits. The ‘Baba O’Reily’-esque synthesiser stepping in along with the melodica end the album with a sense of the close of a dream. It’s trippy, it’s haunting, and it’s brilliant once again.

To summarise, this is an album that truly takes hold of all expectations and desires and delivers a punch that will not only shake your bones – but any one who manages to stand in a near radius of you. Get pre-ordering now.

A History of Oasis Studio Albums:

  • 1994's 'Definitely Maybe' is heralded by many as one of the greatest debut albums of all time. Containing Zeitgeist-defining tracks like 'Rock N Roll Star', 'Supersonic', 'Cigarettes and Alcohol' and 'Live Forver', your record collection really isn't complete without it.

  • Released in October 1995, '(What's The Story) Morning Glory' is Oasis' biggest album shifting over 20million copies worldwide to date. In the UK alone it has shifted over 4.3million copies, making it the third best-selling album of all time here behind Queen's 'Greatest Hits' and The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper'. It contains the mammoth hits 'Wonderwall', 'Don't Look Back In Anger', 'Some Might Say' and 'Roll With It'.

  • The anticipation for 1997's 'Be Here Now' was epic upon its release. It's the fastest selling album of all time in the UK, selling 420,000 copies on the first day of sales alone. Despite the highs of tracks like 'D'You Know What I Mean' and 'Stand By Me', some criticised it for being too sprawling and introverted, clocking in at an epic 71 minutes.

  • February 2000's 'Standing On The Shoulders of Giants' was poorly received upon its release and is Oasis' poorest selling studio album globally, having sold 3million copies. Aside from the pounding instrumental opener 'Fuckin In The Bushes', tracks like 'Sunday Morning Call' marked a more mature approach for the Gallaghers.

  • Released in July 2002, 'Heathen Chemistry' was praised as being a return to form for Oasis, receiving widespread positive reviews. Singles 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out', 'Songbird' and 'Little By Little / She Is Love' all cracked into the top three in the UK singles chart. To date, 'Heathen Chemistry' has sold 3.5million copies.

  • May 2005's 'Don't Believe The Truth' is Oasis' most successful album since 'Be Here Now', with global sales at 6million and counting. Some called it the best Oasis album since 1995. Hit singles include 'Lyla', 'The Importance of Being Idle' and 'Let There Be Love'.

  • 'Dig Out Your Soul' - Released on October 6, 2008

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