Sound — 9
The sound is probably the most dramatic difference between previous albums, however the change is for good, its Oasis at their most prolific showboating best. It was somewhat unexpected at first but this album is just as addictive as (What's The Story)Morning Glory? and just as good musically as their first two albums if not better. Andy Bell, Liam Gallagher, and GEM Archer all contributed lyrically to this album and have already proven themselves as talented songwriters and adds alot of variety.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics vary immensely as GEM, Andy and Liam all wrote songs for this album as well as Noel Gallagher. This adds variety but whats so special how Oasis have managed to retain those catchy and brilliant lyrics, from the storming 1st single Lyla to the genius of The Importance Of Being Idle to the absolutely immense Guess God Thinks I'm Abel and Keep The Dream Alive. All the lyrics just fit together so well like a beautiful jigsaw. As always the vocals of Liam and Noel Gallagher are still as astounding to listen too as Definitely Maybe or (What's The Story)Morning Glory? simply incredible.
Overall Impression — 9
It's almost impossible to pick the best track but my personal favourites have to be Turn Up The Sun, Mucky Fingers, Lyla, The Importance Of Being Idle, Guess God Thinks I'm Abel, A Bell Will Ring, Keep The Dream Alive and Let There Be Love. Although the influences still show in bands today, there aren't alot of acts or albums who compare with Oasis or their album. It was definitely was of the best albums of 2005, only Coldplay's X&Y or Green Day's American Idiot could challenge their masterclass. Just think about six years ago people were thought Oasis would never be the same again after their bassist, drummers left and after the extremely mediocre Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants, but they've pulled themselves together and created this modern masterpiece, well done boys!