Liam Gallagher Returns to the Spotlight with “As You Were”
The former Oasis frontman returns to the music scene with latest solo album As You Were, his first new album in nearly four years.
Since the dissolution of Oasis in 2009, the Gallagher brothers have gone on to work on respective solo careers. Liam Gallagher, with his new group Beady Eye, released their first album to little critical acclaim. Two years later he would release another album with the group to mixed reviews. They split shortly after and Gallagher left the music scene for quite sometime. Now, 4 years later, the singer has returned into the spotlight with his first solo album As You Were.
Liam’s first solo album is fiery piece of rock. The album is lead by the drums and bass, the guitar serves as rhythm on majority of the songs. The album opens with “Wall of Glass” and hard hitting song that shows Liam is here to rock. The track features a distorted harmonica, fuzzy guitar riff, and a pounding drum intro that will be sure to get you moving right off the bat. What follows after the opening is a mix of rock n rollers and surprisingly heartfelt tracks from the often crass rocker.
Fans were treated to tastes of the album earlier this year with the singles “Wall of Glass”, “For What It’s Worth”, and “Chinatown”, all of which aren’t even the best parts of the album. Tracks like “Bold”, “Greedy Soul”, and “I Get By”are songs filled with infectious hooks, beats you can dance and clap to, and shows Liam has lost none of his edge throughout the years. His vocals have never sounded better.
The best parts of the album are the ones that show how Liam has grown as a songwriter over the years. It’s no secret that Oasis singer/guitarist Noel Gallagher wrote a vast majority of the band’s lyrics and while Liam wrote a few songs (two of which were hits in the later part of the band’s career) it was his brother’s songs that often took the forefront. Here, Liam shines as both a leading man and songwriter. “Paper Crown”, “When I’m In Need”, and “I’ve All I Need”, are fantastic ballads that showcase a softer side of the singer. “Chinatown” is a swirling track that allows one to get lost when you close your eyes and envision yourself walking through the streets of China.
The album isn’t flooded with guitar solos, in fact, the guitar on the record is mainly acoustic with bits of electric placed about. The band mainly consists of drums, piano, bass, and acoustic and electric guitar. One of the album’s only guitar solos on the track “Come Back to Me” channels Revolver-era Harrison. Majority of the tracks feature the acoustic taking the front with the piano and drums being the driving force to get one moving.
It’s no argument that Gallagher’s solo act Beady Eye was Oasis-lite for lack of a better term. On As You Were, the singer has a new found energy and is back with a force. The album clocks in at almost 45 minutes but goes by in the blink of an eye leaving you wanting more. Liam Gallagher shows he’s not a one-trick pony or trying to relive the glory days of Oasis. As You Were is his best album since Oasis’ Dig Out Your Soul in 2009. His vocals have never sounded better and lyrics have never been sharper. Backed by a talented group of studio musicians, it’s going to be no surprise if he becomes a rock tour de froce throughout North America later this year.
Later this year fans can expect a solo album from Liam’s brother Noel, and while Noel has released two solo albums already to critical acclaim, As You Were is sure to give him a run for his money this year with some heavy competition.
As You Were is in stores now. You can catch Liam Gallgher on tour this year. See if he’s hitting your town below..
13 November – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
18 November – Denver, CO – Gothic
20 November – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
21 November – Chicago, IL – The Riviera
23 November – Toronto, Ontario – Rebel
25 November – Boston, MA – House of Blues
27 November – New York, NY – Terminal 5
29 November – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
30 November – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Check out the video for “Chinatown” from As You Were”