Oasis’ Noel Gallagher Ignores Music Reviews


Story by Charles Ken

Noel Gallagher of Oasis says he doesn’t give credence to reviews

Noel Gallagher, best known for his work in Oasis, recently released his first real solo album, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The set features 10 tracks of psych-tinged rock bliss, with songs such as “(I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine,” “Dream On” and “Stop the Clocks.” For the most part, the album has been met with stellar reviews, but Gallagher could care less about all that. In fact, Gallagher says he doesn’t even take the time to read reviews of his music. After all, he knows it’s “just a good record.”

“I didn’t read any of the reviews and think, ‘Well, these people think I’ve been writing crap songs for the last 15 years,’” he told MTV News. “When I’m in the studio, I’m literally taking it song by song and then, you know, you get to the end of it. I got to say though, during the mixing of it, as each track was being finished, I was thinking, ‘This does sound really good…’”

He also hopes Oasis fans can separate his solo work from what he did with Oasis. “I wouldn’t like to compare it to anything Oasis did, because that’s not fair,” he said. “We were a band and I was writing songs for someone else to sing, so you can’t really compare the two. It’s just a good record, what can I say?”

More than anything, Gallagher hopes this record proves he’s more than a guitarist: He’s a songwriter. “I guess when guitarists make solo records, there’s usually a lot of showing off,” he said. “But I’ve been trying to convince for 20 years that I’m not a guitarist, I’m a songwriter. I played lead guitar in the band because everybody else, in the early days, was useless, so that kind of fell to me. [Laughs] But it’s not something I ever thought I would put myself up there with John Squire or Johnny Marr or all those great British guitarists, that’s not my thing…”


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