Sound — 8
For all their current flaws, Oasis have always been able to stay ahead of much competition for their simply amazing earlier work. Their debut album is disputed as the greatest of all time; and their follow up perhaps even greater. What's The Story Morning Glory defined a generation, an era, and a decade. My first impressions are very much of Oasis and their inspirations; Roll With It famed for its Status Quo similarities. Wonderwall is perhaps their most original song; sporting a much slower and less oppressive fair. A use of two small solos split the album into three sections; a fantastic start which in itself is a perfect mini-album; Hello being a great beginning and Don't Look Back In Anger the gorgeous should-be finale, and Hey Now! Just slightly out of place. The second section is less memorable, but is not to be underestimated; Morning Glory is a fantastically Oasis song and Some Might Say pretty much sums up the band in 1995. The finale section has only one song; a true anthem, the true stadium filler Champagne Supernova which offers very much a lighter-lifting moment as the band finished a great work.
Lyrics — 8
While their music follows the guidelines set by their heroes, their lyrics are original and enjoyable; Don't Look Back In Anger may be simplistic (may), yet you don't expect anything less from a song that can claim plain beauty. It is in their slower, quieter songs that the lyrics really shine, and whereas they might not be able to claim brilliance in any song, it is the tracks as a unit that excel.
Overall Impression — 9
Oasis's great album, Morning Glory was made to be enjoyed. Almost like a booty of great songs and influences, it deserves to be experienced and withheld in the greatest of regards. Greatest album of the 90's? Likely. Greatest British Album of all Time? Not far off.