By this point in time of the release of this single, Oasis was really on a roll. The album released the year prior, Definitely Maybe, had become the fastest-selling UK debut album of all time, a record which still stands to this day. Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher were going to make it as Pop/Rock icons and celebrities of note. Although the band had not yet conquered the world, they were making some incredible music and gaining in popularity over time, both in the UK and internationally. This is the first EP release from their second album era, released way back in 1995. It is also considered a collector’s item and went straight to #1 on the singles charts in the UK. Beat that today if you can (looking at most postmodern musicians here), and in the meantime, let’s listen to this EP and hear if it still stands tall.
Some Might Say begins the EP with the super delicious and crunchy guitar riff based on the Cigarettes and Alcohol riff, which was originally lifted from T.Rex. Interesting facts aside, this song is an instant classic and definitely sounds truly amazing. Liam Gallagher sings so wonderfully, beautiful and full of wonder that tears of joy may enter your eyes upon listening to him sing here. Not since The Beatles had a group directly and effectively evoked a variety of great emotions, matched with perfect Pop/Rock tunes. There isn’t a noticeable chorus here as it seemingly comes across as a bunch of interesting verses amalgamated together into the final product. Having said that, this is an amazing song that truly has stood the test of time. “Some Might Say they don’t believe in heaven, go and tell it to the man who lives in hell…” is a very mature and nicely assessed reality for the listener about religion. Nonetheless, a great song, and the last major song that drummer Tony McCarroll played as a drummer before being fired by Noel Gallagher. The outro is beautiful and will make you wish to hear this song on repeat. Fantastic listening.
Talk Tonight is a great song with a bit of a tragic story about it. It is actually a real-life tale from Noel Gallagher about the time he went missing in the USA, and the lady of this song is a real lady, in fact. Although it is notionally about suicide and giving up in desperation, there is a good twist to this song in the chorus as Noel sees the light. A fantastic combination of songcraft, melodies and production sound truly awesome on this tune. For anyone who has ever physically hurt themselves or attempted suicide, this somewhat romantic ballad will make perfect sense to you. Regardless, this is early Oasis (or more specifically Noel Gallagher alone) at a high point. This music brings a very clear point to the listener, which is: if you are a good singer, sing from the heart and the listener will hear it every time. Another undeniably fantastic song, very lovely and memorable throughout. There is an extended outro with Noel gently tapping the guitar. Great effort.
Acquiesce begins oddly with the demo tape of the Morning Glory song which is just Noel Gallagher doing his singing/strumming thing, followed by a reversed conversation. Soon enough, some super loud riffing enters and we quickly launch into, quite possibly, the most underrated Oasis song out there. Without doubt or question, this is fantastically brilliant music. It is a great combination of Liam Gallagher’s maturing and emotional vocals, Noel Gallagher’s glorious singing of the chorus, super loud guitars and a great rhythm section. Nonetheless, this is really amazing and deserves your attention 100%, even if you are only a casual fan of Oasis. Wonderwall was not the only great song the band made, after all. In any case, Definitely Maybe you should hear this. A great, great listen. The ending is euphoric and fantastic, well done gents. Fine music is here. The song concludes with the Morning Glory demo being played again. Magical.
Headshrinker is the last song on this EP release. It sounds like a very early Oasis song (early Oasis was far more Punk and aggressive than even Definitely Maybe ever was) and has some very uptempo and powerful drumming by Tony McCarroll on this song. This has an inquisitive meaning. Allegedly the song itself is about a creepy stalker/ex-girlfriend that Liam Gallagher had. Nonetheless, the song is okay and essential listening for Oasis fans, but otherwise, it’s fairly forgettable and rips off a part of The Rolling Stones Can’t You Hear Me Knocking in the guitar solo from their own guitar solo. Regardless, this is a good song that, although isn’t quintessential Oasis, just sounds cool on its own. Very nice job by the two Gallagher brothers and company, this is an interesting conclusion for a short EP. However, it could have been cut down for length’s sake, it gets fairly repetitive towards the end. All the same, a good but not great listen. It ends with a load of sustained guitars that gradually feedback.
This EP is a wonderful example of just how great Oasis was as a popular Rock band from the UK. These songs are wonderfully put together and still sound great today. As aforementioned, they weren’t too far away from world domination in the musical sense and by 1997, that goal was complete. This set of EP tracks, and many others, showed the world how good Oasis really was and they were improving their efforts. Give this a listen today.