Oasis – Be Here Now (1997)

Oasis were the largest and most musically successful band on the release date of this album.

Unfortunately, this album was not well received for the hype prior to the album. The biggest band since The Beatles did not release as good as an album as they possibly could have done. Still, it is packed with mega singalong tunes, so let’s observe this album, track by track.

D’You Know What I Mean? is actually a great Oasis song. It is imaginative, catchy and riff-laden, showing Noel Gallagher’s expertise inside the studio. It samples the “Amen Break” drum loop from the N.W.A. song Straight Outta Compton. It’s a mammoth track, worth listening to.

My Big Mouth follows and is about the subject matter at hand. It talks about Noel and Liam Gallagher’s tendency to talk absolute rubbish. It is very Definitely Maybe-ish in its sound, with Liam singing in a very high register. It’s a real shame he cannot sing like that anymore.

The psychedelic Magic Pie follows, and it is one of the most psychedelic, bluesy and trippy songs Oasis ever made. Unfortunately, it is considered a weak track compared to other songs that Oasis made before and since. Still, the array of sounds on this song is mouthwatering.

A good ballad is up next called Stand By Me. This song refers to the John Lennon song of the same name but has many layers of instrumentation and a string section to boot. How awesome.

I Hope, I Think, I Know is a rather ordinary song but drummer Alan White puts in a huge amount of effort into keeping the song going. Even this lesser cut from Oasis is ingenious.

Proof of Liam Gallagher’s singing ability returns on the song The Girl In The Dirty Shirt where he puts in a brilliant performance. It has a nice Wurlitzer keyboard patch at the end of it too. A nice ballad indeed.

Fade In-Out puts Oasis back into rock mode. Noel Gallagher commented that brother Liam Gallagher’s singing was the best he ever achieved, or at least so he thought so at the time, on this song. A fantastic take on a blues style song.

Don’t Go Away is quite possibly, apart from Slide Away or Wonderwall, the best love song Oasis ever made. It is a heartfelt plea from the Gallagher brothers to hold onto the love that they had in their lives, for better or worse.

The title track Be Here Now isn’t exactly rubbish but it seems that way. It’s a cool yet rather stale song to rock out to.

Probably the best track on the album is All Around The World. It is a long song, clocking in at over nine minutes, but enjoyable and rewarding. It is an optimistic song with the chorus going, “All Around the World, you’ve gotta spread the world, tell ’em what you heard, we’re gonna make a better day”. It is brilliantly layered and produced.

It’s Gettin’ Better (Man!!) is a mosh pit style rock tune. It is a good listen, although nothing really special itself.

The album concludes with All Around The World (Reprise) which shows the brilliance of the orchestral sessions done for this album. There are classical and jazz influences through the whole of the Be Here Now album. The album concludes with a door slamming shut.

Why check out this album? Admittedly, it is not the best album ever. But still, it has its moments. For real Oasis fans, check out the remastered re-release of Be Here Now with loads of demos and extra songs, released in 2016.

Rock and roll fans will delight at the music here. Britpop at its finest.

8/10