Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Chasing Yesterday (LP)

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Stately 2015 solo album from the former Oasis songsmith! Cameo by Johnny Marr (ex-The Smiths). Includes “In The Heat Of The Moment” and “Ballad Of The Mighty I”. (NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS)

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Stately 2015 solo album from the former Oasis songsmith! Cameo by Johnny Marr (ex-The Smiths). Includes “In The Heat Of The Moment” and “Ballad Of The Mighty I”. (NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS)

Track Listing
  1. Riverman
  2. In the Heat of the Moment
  3. The Girl with X-Ray Eyes
  4. Lock All the Doors
  5. The Dying of the Light
  6. The Right Stuff
  7. While the Song Remains the Same
  8. The Mexican
  9. You Know We Can’t Go Back
  10. Ballad of the Mighty I

Opening with a minor chord strummed on an acoustic guitar somewhere off in the distance, Noel Gallagher’s second solo album, Chasing Yesterday, echoes Oasis’ second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? — a conscious move from a rocker who’s never minded trading in memories of the past. He may be evoking his Brit-pop heyday — “Lock All the Doors” surges with the cadences of “Morning Glory” even as it interpolates David Essex’s “Rock On” — but it amounts to no more than a wink because Gallagher knows he’s two decades older and perhaps a little wiser as well. Certainly, Chasing Yesterday is the work of a musician very comfortable with his craft. Like the first album from High Flying Birds — a largely anonymous group of pros who make no attempt to steal the spotlight from their leader — it moves deliberately, never rushing and rarely rocking, preferring to find pleasure in majesty instead of hedonism. Where 2011’s HFB kept things a shade too calm — its reserve almost seemed like a rebuke to the messy id of Gallagher’s brother — Chasing Yesterday occasionally threatens to actually rock, delivering that signature wall of guitars on the aforementioned “Lock All the Doors,” mustering up a bit of old-fashioned, cowbell-driven glam boogie on “The Mexican,” and quickening the tempo on “You Know We Can’t Go Back,” a piece of incandescent pop that plays as a resigned companion to “Step Out.” Better still, the self-styled epics — which include the first single “In the Heat of the Moment” and closing “Ballad of the Mighty I,” which features grace notes from a guesting Johnny Marr — pulsate with quiet color, as does “Riverman,” a signature piece of stately late-period Beatles pop that would’ve been drained to grey on HFB. Here, “Riverman” breathes and sighs, taking a moment to slide into a saxophone-accentuated guitar solo straight out of a pre-punk 1976, and this masterful flair is a testament to the control and focus Gallagher displays on Chasing Yesterday. He’s not racing after the past, nor is he afraid to seem floridly fussy: he’s reveling in his ascendency to the position of one of rock’s wise old men.

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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 1 in
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