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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Who Built the Moon?

posted 8 Jan 2018, 04:07 by Scene Alba Magazine   [ updated 8 Jan 2018, 04:57 ]

4 Stars

Third time out for Gallagher Snr’s mob and after the rather staid and unappetizing ‘Chasing Yesterday’ so has he had a bit of a kick up the arse to motivate him?

Well it would seem so, drafting in David Holmes on production has given the songs a boost of energy sorely lacking on the previous album. Opener ‘Fort Knox’ has the feel of ‘Fuckin’ in the Bushes’, the instrumental opener on the fourth Oasis album a fiercely driven tune with backing vocalists and Noel himself singing “I’ll keep a-holding on, I’ll keep a-holding on” it’s a good warm up.

Single ‘Holy Mountain’ is the bastard child of Roxy Music and Plastic Bertrand it’s massive glam rock thumper complete with honking saxophones and fuzzed up vocals, it’s one of Noel’s ballsiest songs.

Sonically the album is packed to the rafters, horn sections, keyboards backing vocals all blast out filling every corner of the sound, and Holmes’ influence is felt all over the album particularly on ‘It’s a Beautiful World’ with it’s programmed beats and shimmering keyboards.

‘Who Made the Moon?’ is a very ‘up’ album, in fact there’s no ballads on it and the slowest tracks are the two interludes near the end of the album and there’s a feeling of Noel finally escaping the shadow of Oasis, ‘She Taught Me How To Fly’ has a feel of fellow Mancunians New Order while ‘If Love is the Law’ goes full Phil Spector with it’s sleigh bells and string sections.

It’s almost relentless in it’s drive with Noel making some of his most experimental music to date (even if the lyrics are still the usual bollocks but we’ll always forgive him for that)

Bolder and more inventive than his previous two albums, ‘Who Built the Moon?’ is the sound of Noel heading in the opposite direction to his brother Liam by looking forward rather than backwards and creating something current with big tunes.