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Tuned In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Written by . Published on October 5th 2011.

Tuned In: Album Reviews


OhlandepOh Land – Oh Land – Epic Records – October 10
Danish born singer/song writer Oh Land seems to be making a name for herself. Her live performances, putting as much weight on the aesthetical side as her vocals, has been received with warmth by world audiences and her self-titled album out next week could just put raise her to the level of recognition she seeks. Formerly a ballet dancer, Oh Land has been inspired by classical and pop music with her own worldly edge.



M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – Naïve - October 17
Following the success of their 2008 album Saturday = Youth, M83 are back with a grand double album for the public to digest. M83 aka Anthony Gonzalez sure likes company, collaborating with many a fine musical folk including Zola Jesus and Brad Laner (from '90s band machine) to create a cacophony of experimental rock, nu disco and pop sounds.


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Self-titled – Sour Mash records – October 17
I’m imagining that many of you are rather interested to hear what Mr Gallagher has up his musical sleeve with the imminent release of Noel Gallagher’s High flying Birds self-titled album. Before you jump to conclusions and assume it’s a band assemble, then, you’re wrong. “They aren’t anyone in particular,” says Noel. “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is me and whoever is around at the time of whatever it is that I’m doing, a loose collective kinda thing.” 

Some things still remain from the Oasis bandwagon, undertones of melancholy and rising vocal melodies, but, most importantly, what’s changed? Quite clearly there’s an obvious shift away from Oasis’s Brit Pop flavoured bangers and a more introverted clarity to the album make up with ‘If I Had a Gun’ displaying a more sombre and sad side to the album.  Noel flirts with classical elements with surprising success, on the first track ‘Everybody’s on the run’, as well a more up-tempo stomping rhythm on ‘AKA What A Life’ – probably the most un-Noel Gallagher sounding track –and Gallagher himself even confesses of being reluctant to push forward with the number, “It took me a while to convince myself about this one,” says Gallagher. “But [early house classic] Rhythim Is Rhythim by Strings Of Life, which I loved from the Hacienda days, inspired the piano part, and I realised that the song carries the vibe no matter what that vibe is.”

Despite the change of direction in Noel’s music, and the sigh of disbelief his loyal Oasis fans may direct towards him, it can only be a positive progression and there’s still moments in the album that touch on his old material, enough Oasis medicine for the old timers to get their hands.

Photo credit:Kate Berry

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