Sound — 7
For many people, the return of Oasis to the frontlines is cause to break out a bottle of Bolli Stolli champagne, since it has been Oasis' music that folks from around the world have grabbed onto as if it was their life-support. The band's forthcoming release Dig Out Your Soul is the band's seventh studio album and their first new music since the release of their 2006 hit single Lord Don't Slow Me Down, which was featured in the movie by the same name and directed by Baillie Walsh. Produced by Dave Sardy who also produced Oasis' 2005 album Don't Believe The Truth, Dig Out Your Soul is a collaborative effort among the band members, which includes lead vocalist Liam Gallagher, guitarists Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer, and bassist Andy Bell. There are a few tracks that will remind fans of the band's earlier days like the sleet of soft swirling melodic motions and slinky vibrations cast through Falling Down and the moody inflections of Ain't Got Nothin' but the exotic middle eastern overtones of To Be Where There's Life have shimmery psychedelics that wrap the listener in an altered state of being with slightly warped intonations and chains gilded in echoing cymbals which is unlike any of Oasis' previous works. At times, the music feels like it has tapped into new sources of inspiration mixed in with the band's old wells of trippy riffs, searing vocal moxie, and Brit-pop bearings which make up The Shock Of The Lightning. The vintage rock tazers and hard rock ridges in The Nature Of Reality and Bag It Up brick the rhythmic grooves with well chiseled formations while the slurring lines of Soldier On move like a blurry haze of fog. The slow moving bluesy keys swimming in the underbelly of The Turning and I'm Outta Time produce a subliminal aura as the rattling tambourines in The Turning and the seraphic moving string arrangement in I'm Outta Time wander wistfully. The heavy anvil-heeled rhythms of High Horse Lady and Waiting For The Rapture give the album substance and a firm backbone, while shifting the album away from it's Brit-pop pageantry and hypnotic whistling.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics have a hypnotic ringing as well which complement the whispery shadows like in The Shock Of The Lightning. The song was penned by Liam Gallagher whose voice roams over the swells, Comin' up in the early morning / I feel love in the shock of the lightning / Come in, come out / Come in, come out tonight / Love is a time machine / Up on the silver screen / It's all in my mind / Love is a litany / A magical mystery / And all in good time.
Overall Impression — 7
Oasis' new album Dig Out Your Soul cannot miss with the band's diehard fans. The album has enough of the old Oasis to appease them, and just the right amount of different influences to draw in new admirers. Formed by the Gallagher brothers in 1991 in Manchester, England, Oasis has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Their love affair with rock music seems far from being over by the sounds of Dig Out Your Soul, and for many folks, that is just fine by them.