Review Summary: One of the finest albums I have ever heard, this has stood the test of time well and remains essential to this day
Many things could have been attributed to the success of British alternative rock band throughout the 1990's. Some would proclaim it to be Liam Gallagher's legendary arrogance that pushed them to the forefront of the media with his risque statements, whereas others would say it was due to the fact that they capitalized on the success of other similar bands such as Blur. In reality it was the fact that their first two albums could be said to be among the best in the genre. The band kicked their career off very well with their debut album Definitely Maybe and then improved upon that with Whats The Story Morning Glory to make one of the defining British albums.
Don't Look Back In Anger and Wonderwall were featured on this album and are often seen to be two of the band's best songs as well as being two of their most famous. Both feature some great chord based guitar work and emotionally charged lyrics, with the latter of the two containing one of the best vocal performances on the album. As far as alternative rock tracks go, this album is loaded with some of the best you will find. Roll With It is an incredibly catchy number that has stood the test of time and remains as fresh now as it was in 1995 and Morning Glory has a marvelous guitar solo and one of the best choruses here. Tracks such as these carry this album through; but there really is no filler in sight here. Even the interlude track in the middle that is a short guitar solo actually feel necessary and that's where so many other artists fail.
The vocal performance from Liam Gallagher are always at the forefront here and gives the band a nice, identifiable voice for their lyrics but the album also never lets you forget the other members. Noel Gallagher plays some beautiful leads across the duration of this release; without ever really feeling unnecessary. Keeping in line with the idea that no member gets left out, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs' rhythm and the bass from Paul McGuigan and Alan White's drums are also very nice to hear. No member here is particularly technically proficient but nor do they need to. What carries this album is the fact that every instrument contributes perfectly to the overall soundscape and everything feels completely essential. Using this, Oasis created a masterpiece with their sophomore album.