Review: Dig Out Your Soul (Oasis)

Photograph courtesy of Flickr and Martin Pannier

Photograph courtesy of Flickr and Martin Pannier

Oasis are routinely criticised for their lack of evolution, but it’s arguably their inability to recapture the raw excitement of their past that truly hinders them. Dig Out Your Soul opens promisingly with the dirty psychedelic stomp of ‘Bag It Up’ and the piano-laden groove of ‘The Turning’, but after beginning with a bang it starts to falter. The dreary rock-by-numbers of ‘The Shock of the Lightning’ and the mandatory Noel sung ballad ‘Falling Down’ in which clichéd lyrics about broken dreams and setting suns are thrown around like confetti are representative of a band simply going through the motions, and there’s certainly nothing here to match the euphoric brilliance of ‘Live Forever’ or ‘Wonderwall’. Dig Out Your Soul is a solid but ultimately uninspiring record that’s devoid of spark and passion; maybe they should have considered digging out their old albums for inspiration instead.

Check out ‘The Turning’ Live here…

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~ by benjaminhewitt on January 24, 2009.

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