Don't Believe the Truth



by Tsuruka USER (4 Reviews)
June 1st, 2005 | 34 replies

Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

My first review, you have been warned.

Released 2005 EPIC/Big Brother
* Liam Gallagher - Lead Vocals
* Noel Gallagher - Lead Guitar/Lead Vocals/Backvocals
* Gem Archer - Rhythm Guitar/Backvocals
* Andy Bell - Bass
* Zak Starkey - Drums

Well, here we are at 2005, more than 10 years after the biggest British group since the Beatles debut album, Definitely Maybe, came out. There is still a glimmer of light at the tunnel. Their freshman and sophmore albums, Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory", respectivley, were arguably the most successful post-Beatles british albums. Maybe was awarded Q's #1 Most British Album of all time and the fastest selling debut in UK history.

After that, they took a downward spiral for many fans. Be Here Now is considered their lowpoint, although being very profitable and successful. Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants was a upward turn for the group, but recieved only mixed reviews. Don't Believe The Truth is the band's first proper album in three years, so lets see the Track - By Track.

1. Turn Up The Sun -- A very slow song, reminds me of a Christmas hymn of sorts. At about 0:40, the electric steady riff and timing heard throughout the album starts. Liam's vocals come in to the beat, sounding very aged since their debut. The "Love one another" section sounds very out of place. At 2:45, the Christmas section comes back, and with a guitar solo with lots of delay and piano lines in the back, both sounding very melodic with each other. Overall, pretty good.

2. Mucky Fingers -- Opens with a repetitive chord progression, sounding like something from a Kinks album. Very repitive until around the 3 minute mark, when the piano comes in and the bass gets louder, but up until then very boring.

3. Lyla -- The first single from the album, described as "Sally's Sister", possibly referring to "Don't Look Back In Anger". The guitar timing from Turn Up The Sun comes up, but with an acoustic guitar, with vocals also in the same time. The piano on the side adds a nice touch, and the chorus seems fitting, with Noel's backing vocals. The solo comes out of nowhere, showcasing some of Noel's fast and blazing licks for a small time. Overall, its repetitive like Mucky Fingers, but the solo really adds a great color. 4/5

4. Love Like a Bomb -- A very Beatles-esque song, and one of my personal favorite tracks off the album. The acoustic work blends with Liam's voice perfectly, sounding like a track off of Rubber Soul. At about 1:20, it breaks down to a faster and trippier section, with Liam's voice echoing and keyboards added in. The guitars & keyboards synched with his voice really highlight the song. Overall, one the best tracks on the album, and in my opinion, one of the best Oasis songs.

5. The Importance of Being Idle -- This track hit me in the balls. The sheer simplicity and lyrics are reminiscant of the Beach Boys, especially during the chorus when the keyboards come in. The solo is fits very good, and the march timing bridges are very nicely fit. The sliding electric guitar chords at the end on the E & B strings add a nice melody. An excellent song.

6. The Meaning Of Soul -- Three in a row, all amazing soungs. Unfortunatly, this one ends all too soon. Clocking at only 1:42, it leaves me wanting more. The quick pace and chorus really make it a semi-classic, plus a HARMONICA solo towards the end. If only it were longer....
4/5 for what it in itself, 3/5 at it's current state.

7. Guess God Thinks I'm Abel -- One of the more talked about song, due to the "Abel" spelling and reference (Cain and Abel were biblical brothers in a section detailing how Cain killed Abel) possibly to the brotherhood of Noel and Liam Gallagher. Anyway, the song opens with a peaceful back and forth guitar section, Liam's vocals coming in with a marracca [sic] like beat following. The lyrics are very relating to the Bible tale, about how friends could be enemys and the like. The guitar fills in the back are very fitting and Oasis-esque, such as those from Supersonic.The echo breakdown sounds something from a Beatles song, then blends into the heavy section, which is the real highlight of the song, only a few seconds though. Pretty OK.

8. Part Of The Queue -- A very upbeat song, with muffled vocals of sorts. The chorus opening ("Stand tall...") seems a bit out of place and structure. The solo is very amazing, blending the guitar into the piano section truely works, as both are great. The piano goes into the chorus, but there it seems a bit out of place with the vocals.

9. Keep The Dream Alone -- Whoa.Sounds very reminescant of Wonderwall and Live Forever, although not written by Noel Gallagher but Andy Bell. The back and forth work between the electric and acoustic guitars create a very strong mood, and Liam's voice at the 1:35 mark blew me away, how the echos add to the overall song. The following fill sounds like a distorted U2 fill. The song repeats itself until 3:35 when Noel's solo comes in, in a very out of place manner, with incomplete bends, until Liam's voice comes in with "Neh"s, then becomes more melodic. Pretty good.

10. A Bell Will Ring -- Is it just me or does the intro sound like the theme from Beavis and Butthead" Anyway, the vocals seem a bit odd and over mixed through the opening section. When the rhythem section comes in, it sounds very much like Ringo playing drums. Noel proceeds to do many fills while Liam sings towards the end of each verse. An OK track, not very good though.

11. Let There Be Love -- This is it, the song that fans have been saying is the new Woderwall. The piano sounds like a slow version of Let It Be, and the lyrics by Noel are the best I've seen since Morning Glory. From "Baby blue" on, this is the first time I've heard Liam and Noel switch vocal lead in a single song and it works extremely well, like "A Day In The Life" by The Beatles. The strings in the back don't go very well, and take away a lot of the momentum. Afterwards, a repeat such as the one in Keep The Dream Alive occurs, but with an electric, muted, guitar in the background. With it's flaws, like the strings, it is still an amazing ending.

Although it's not the mainstream comeback some have anticipated, it's still an excellent album. Maybe, next time around, Noel will decide to release 'Stop The Clocks' and THEN a comeback will occur.

Overall, 4/5.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
June 1st 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

I've haven't heard it yet. Nice review though.

I've heard that it's better than their last two albums at least, but I need to hear it for myself.

June 1st 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

i think this album deserves a 3/5 or 3.5/5, it's definatly better than the last two albums, but i think Be Here Now's better

i really like Love Like a Bomb, one of the better songs from Oasis in the past few albums. I thought Lyla sucked

June 1st 2005


'definitely maybe' the most successful post-beatles british album? i guess you haven't heard of pink floyd. good review though, i'd give this from what ive heard 3/5

captain chris
June 2nd 2005


I think that oasis has had their moment in the sun, it is time for them to pack up and leave, their time has gone.

hopefully they will read this and take my advice lol

smooches xxx

June 2nd 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

Biggest British band since The Beatles? Led Zeppelin, anyone?

Good review though. Especially since it's your first.

The Ashtray Girl
June 2nd 2005


Only heard Let There Be Love once, but it was exceedingly good. I also like Lyla.

Hopefully I'll have the full album soon.

June 2nd 2005


yeah i must agree they have been several better and bigger british bands like led zeppelin o yes a band called queen may have heard of them some have, some havent however i havent heard the new oasis album yet but they have started to deteriate i still disagree with liams view that definately maybe is better than whats the story morning glory, however good review and i'l look forward to hearing the album

June 4th 2005


good cd, but not their greatest.... The Masterplan is still my favorite cd by Oasis

June 5th 2005


I've got to say I'm pretty impressed by this album, unlike The Heathen Chemistry which after you got past The Hindu Times just seemed to get worse and worse. It is really a transitional album for Oasis. I mean don't expect any drastic changes here, but they seem to be mining other influences now, which is a welcome change form the Beatles. Mucky Fingers is quite a nice song with a Velvet Underground feel to it. Other highlights I would say are Lyla, Turn Up The Sun and Guess God Thinks I'm Abel. This album gets a 4/5 for being something a bit different than what I would expect from a normal Oasis album, stronger songwriting and for being a million times better than their last. I think it will be interesting to see what their next album sounds like.

June 8th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

This album is great. I love it I love it I love it.

Really different to their older albums but just so great. I will admit though I like ALL their albums, although I can recognise their flaws.

I think Definitely Maybe and Morning Glory are the best two albums from the UK in the 90's and this comes a close third in the Oasis run down. I think we just need to accept that Oasis are a different band to what they were and that the perfection of Maybe and Glory will never be acheived by them again.

I hope this new direction brings them and their fans much joy and happiness

June 8th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

By the way, are you allowed to add another review in the same thread? I really wanna do this one, unless it would piss off Tsuruka.

June 8th 2005


Just write your own review of the album...they don't have to go in previous reviews anymore.

June 8th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

Alright, so I bought it. Very average album. There are only one or two standout tracks, and those still don't aren't anything special. On a positive note, it is better than their last two albums.

I rated it 2.5 here, it's really slightly below 3, but not quite there.

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June 8th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

i love oasis...they can do anything

June 8th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

Not entirely a bad album, but I was expecting more

I just love that "The importance of being idle" guitar-solo

Muddy Hendrix
June 8th 2005


I didn't really like it, definetly not what I expected.
I'd give it a 3 or maybe 2.5, either one.

June 9th 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

It's a good album, but nothing very outstanding.

June 17th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

I love the way it's kind of a different era of rock for all the songs eg. Turn Up The Sun is kinda T-Rexy glam rock, Mucky Fingers is sooo Velvet Underground, Meaning Of Soul is sort of rolling stones punk, Importance Of Being Idle is like gypsy caravan rock.

Good variety

July 1st 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

my 2nd fave Oasis album. DM being my 1st

February 3rd 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

I saw Oasis in concert two days ago and must say that the new songs really worked "life". I did like the album from the very begining, their last two albums were very weak, but after listening to this one I look forward to their next releases.

Anyway, I really enjoyed their life performence. Good combination of "old" classics (masterplan, wonderwall....) best songs of the new album.

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