Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (1995)

There came a time where British music and culture was a thing to be celebrated. This was in the mid to late 1990s, and this album is the best representation of that.

The album itself was recorded in a 2 week period in Wales with producer Owen Morris, and with new drummer Alan White replacing Tony McCarroll. The songs here are really excellent. Let’s explore in depth the songs on this awesome album.

The album begins with strummed chords for another song on the album (take a guess which one) before erupting into Hello. It’s a relatively average song but you can definitely hear the difference between Definitely Maybe and this recording. The song is a better layered and textured piece with more emotionally oriented singing from Liam Gallagher. It’s great listening.

The pop song Roll With It follows with a strong message and deep and meaningful singing from Liam. It’s an excellent song, although rather repetitive. Still, it is a good song of the time.

Wonderwall is a lovely ballad. It ironically, for Oasis’s biggest song ever, didn’t make it to number one on the pop charts in the UK. It’s a great song, from Liam’s heartfelt vocal to the acoustic guitar strumming away and the cello sound. It’s a great song and has not aged one bit.

Don’t Look Back In Anger is a stadium sounding song, and yet another hit single. It’s often quoted and is a reminder to the listener not to deal with issues in the past. A great song with Noel Gallagher on lead vocals. Mint.

The following track, Hey Now! is a little weak but still is a great song to listen to. Liam sing this extremely well, and it is loud, Definitely Maybe style.

The Untitled piece part one is a rather odd musical pastiche sampled from a rather poor Oasis instrumental named The Swamp Song. It isn’t really necessary here but lasts less than a minute.

Some Might Say is a profound-sounding song about the treatment of oneself and others. It was the band’s first number one single and is great fun to listen to. “Some might say, they don’t believe in heaven. Go and tell it to the man who lives in hell.” Simply awesome.

Cast No Shadow sounds soothing and lush. Although the song itself drags on somewhat, it makes up for it with the most beautiful of sounds there. Liam nails his job here, an excellent piece.

The Digsy’s Dinner sequel, She’s Electric is next. It’s a joyous and upbeat song about trivial matters of a girl. It’s a good song but falls short of being a great song.

The most open drug advocating song is here in the title track Morning Glory. It’s a loud and interesting rock song. It has a swirling guitar outro that you will bang your head to.

Untitled part two arrives mixing Morning Glory into the next song. It sounds a little different here with the sound of water sloshing around. Once again, it is very short.

Champagne Supernova closes the album nicely. It’s a really great and underrated song. It starts off quietly with the most profound lyrics Noel Gallagher ever wrote. It then builds up to a crescendo before going quiet again. It has many different sounds and textures on it. A winner.

This album is a truly enjoyable listen to anyone who is either a fan of pop or rock music. It is light years ahead of many other records, including other Oasis records. Cherish this album, and own it today. Recently a remastered reissue was released of this album, so fans ought to check this out.

9/10

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