Oasis
Dig Out Your Soul


3.5
great

Review

by Major Tom CONTRIBUTOR (139 Reviews)
January 23rd, 2014 | 25 replies | 1,038 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Proof that lightning can strike twice, even if it’s less shocking the second time

Oasis had been fighting a losing battle against the forces of mediocrity for half of the 00’s until 2005’s Don’t Believe the Truth struck through the clouds like a warm beam of sunshine. The band seemed to let go of their post-britpop baggage and begin producing quality Oasis music again – anthemic pop/rock which always hints at the best British music from the past. The renewed sense of purpose and confidence of Don’t Believe the Truth led to Dig Out Your Soul three years later – a record that rocks harder than its predecessor and tramples over most of the band’s previous 13 years output.

Dig Out Your Soul is the leanest and heaviest Oasis record of the decade, and recaptures traces of that massive wall of guitar noise the group mastered on their first two records. Single ‘The Shock of the Lightning’ bolts forward on its rapid riff and Liam’s propulsive vocals. It’s nothing more or less than a great rock n roll track and in that sense it manages to excite and remind how rockin’ the band could still be – having been swamped by sappy ballads and limp Beatle-esque experimentation for too long. ‘The Turning’ crawls along for its first minute on a tense rhythm track and electric piano before launching into a bellowing rocker. Meanwhile ‘Bag it Up’ and ‘Waiting for the Rapture’ are the most tight and muscular the band have ever sounded musically. ‘(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady’ might be the closest the group came to creating a groovy sound, with its handclap-laced ramble, whilst ‘The Nature of Reality’ gallops along on a rattling hard rock riff.

Although most of the album is focused on muscular, riff driven rock it wouldn’t be an Oasis record without at least one softer moment, of which - 'I’m Outta Time' – proves to be one of the best in the band’s recent years. Liam’s John Lennon fascination is in full force on his double-tracked vocals, singing an extremely infectious chorus over acoustic guitar and a misty, mysterious electronic atmosphere. ‘Falling Down’ begins on a constipated scribble of electronic sounds which subtly floats behind a taught, paranoid melody, which vaguely recalls the gem ‘Gas Panic!’ but with a more angular sound. There are a couple of missteps, as to be expected – closer ‘Soldier On’ is overly familiar by the time it arrives and feels a little sparse but not intentionally, as there is a lack of a defining and memorable melody. ‘Ain’t Got Nothin’’ is solid but ultimately throwaway, whilst ‘To Be Where There’s Life’ is less fluid and exciting than the rest with its droning eastern-esque melody.

But overall Dig Out Your Soul proves to be a lean, punchy success and proved that Oasis’ comeback record ‘Don’t Believe the Truth’ was not a mere fluke. The sound here is more experimental than the group had been since Standing on the Shoulder of Giants but this time Noel has the riffs to back it up, so the record doesn’t sound as formulaic as the previous few Oasis LP’s and triumphs as such. What is left is a competent and enjoyable coda to the career of one the biggest rock bands in British music history. Not long after the record the group imploded in the only way it was ever going to – the Gallagher brothers fell out one time too many and Noel left to pursue a solo record and get away from his younger brother – a man he felt he could simply work with no longer. It’s a shame in hindsight, as Dig out Your Soul was the most promising and boisterous record the group had produced since their glory days and is more accomplished and exciting than either of the Gallagher Bro’s post-Oasis recordings thus far.

Will the band ever produce another ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’ or ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’? No. It’s not the 90’s anymore and things have changed. Will the group ever reform and continue making a solid, matured version of their brand of rock n roll? Probably, and hopefully, yes. The Gallagher’s are never predictable in their behaviour – leaving amazing songs as B-sides; losing all sense of quality control to drugs, and falling-out/making-up more than a pair of angsty teenage girls – so never say never. If they sadly never reform all that will be denied is the chance for younger generations to witness one of the country’s biggest success stories roar through the classics in stadiums around the world – the rest is already accomplished. A consistently topsy-turvy career; Oasis will always be written into the history books of British pop/rock whatever happens now that it’s the 20 year anniversary of their era defining debut, which along with Morning Glory, catapulted its way into the Great British public’s heart and soul and hasn’t left since.

Live Forever.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2014



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And so we reach the end of the Oasis discography review.

Hope those of you who have been following it have enjoyed reading - thanks for the positive comments and ratings along the way.

Any ideas for my next discog review would be greatly welcomed. In the mean time enjoy the review and check out the clip below for some classic Noely G, slagging off his own band's music videos like Karl Pilkington:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfNqyjZcleI
(not my video in case anyone wonders)

zakalwe
January 23rd 2014



6425 Comments


A superb finale and a funny as fuck link there.

You had the "energy in your eyes" when you reviewed these albums mate.


Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2014



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers man, it's been fun

My ranking for the albums:

1. Definitely Maybe
2. Morning Glory
3. The Masterplan
4. Don't Believe the Truth
5. Dig Out Your Soul
6. Heathen Chemistry
7. Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
8. Be Here Now


ZackSh33
January 23rd 2014



243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice job man. Glad to see that you survived the Oasis discog reviews.

Noel complaining about his music videos. He just sounds confused about the whole thing. Betcha he doesn't remember 3/4 of the years 1994-1997.

I really like this album. Band going for a more swirling/psychadelic sound overall. "Shock of the Lightning" is my fav.

They'll be back. Eventually.

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2014



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man : )

I find the video hilarious - he seems to have leveled out in recent years and isn't as adverse to making fun of the band's past as he used to be.

Very solid record, doesn't feel as stiff and formulaic as some of their other 00's albums.

I really hope they reform - i'd be there in crowd at Manchester singing my heart out

Killerhit
January 23rd 2014



5188 Comments


fallin dooown on allll that i've ever knnooooooooooooooooooowwwwn

Gyromania
January 23rd 2014



15165 Comments


super boring album

DrHouseSchuldiner
January 23rd 2014



5643 Comments


blur>>>

Gyromania
January 23rd 2014



15165 Comments


both have classics and near-classic albums

tommygun
January 23rd 2014



23508 Comments


wew! what a great end to a great series, love your work major tom

pos ofc

Digging: Obliteration - Black Death Horizon

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2014



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks as always, Mr Gun

Futures
January 23rd 2014



7567 Comments


I actually just watched the video yesterday. Really hilarious. Great review as always pos!

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2014



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers Futures

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2014



4507 Comments


BE HERE NOW THEIR WORST ALBUM? k'man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!404_error

Rowan5215
January 24th 2014



24415 Comments


Great review as always
Album is solid but High Flying Birds >>>

Digging: Dot Hacker - How's Your Process? (Work)

Beauers
January 24th 2014



242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic album. But then my Oasis fanboyism knows no bounds. Great review too.

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2014



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the support guys : )

@Tornado - Yep! It's just a mess, it's too long, the ballads are soppy and limp, there's not many great riffs... Even Noel hates it and he is one arrogant son of bitch (in the best way possible)!

But i know a few people dig the album, i'm in the majority that despise it however, despite being a big Oasis fan.

Beauers
January 24th 2014



242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Manic Street Preachers would be a great discography review as well if you're looking for ideas.

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2014



1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't really listened to much Manics tbh - think i'd need to be more familiar with them to tackle the whole discog.

Beauers
January 24th 2014



242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah yeah I suppose you're right. They do have a very interesting career arc though that would be a great read. The Holy Bible is perfection.



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