Liam Gallagher ‘As You Were’ album review: by Brendan Mc Elroy

Oct 06, 2017 No Comments by Musicscene

He’s never sounded so good. Well, not since his ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory‘ days anyhow. Let’s put that as the opening line here. Fact. Does it better his elder sibling’s debut LP we hear you ask – hmmm… yes it does. Although, should we be comparing them both – probably not. From the immediate grasp of his thumping lead single ‘Wall Of Glass‘, we’re only a mere 4 minutes into the album and he’s already put his cards on the table in terms of proving that he still has it. Exuding confidence is not something Liam Gallagher has done lightly over the years and this LP is such a welcomed return to form… now Beady Eye can clearly reside within the bottom drawer, with Noel taking the middle drawer until further notice… because ‘As You Were‘ is certainly top drawer material. Coincidentally, ‘Dig Out Your Soul’, the last Oasis LP before they split was released on the same date 9 years ago… but let’s move on.

Taking a leaf from his ‘Don’t Believe The Truth‘ offering whereby ‘Meaning Of Soul‘ became an almost stand out track from that 2005 release, production duties definitely honed in on that particular vibe, obviously not going as far as Zac Starkey using a cereal box as his snare drum – but Greg Kurstin and Dan Grech-Marguerat have achieved a very raw acoustic-rock feel on ‘As You Were‘, reminiscent of the Rolling Stones and Primal Scream at their finest. If any of the first 5 and very much varied tracks don’t tickle your fancy in one way or another, probably best you jog on. With the likes of the eerie ‘Bold‘ and aggressive ‘Greedy Soul‘ being followed by lo-fi Beatles-esque wonder ‘Paper Crown‘ and the Oasis-esque ‘For What It’s Worth‘, it’s clear that Liam Gallagher was… and probably still is, the voice of a generation at the ripe old age of 45, following this welcomed addition to his unrivalled catalogue of snarl.

Reaching an almighty bar brawl type crescendo come track #7 and #8, with immediate body shots directed at his brother Noel, ‘You better Run‘ and ‘I Get By‘ are the biggest sounding tracks of the album, immediately followed by the beautiful ‘Chinatown’ which has a double layered vocal to die for. ‘Universal Gleam‘ and ‘All I Need‘ also close the album nicely and with no 5 minute outro required. However, the weakest link on the album (in my opinion) is ‘Come Back To Me‘ which should have been replaced by bonus track ‘All My People / All Mankind‘ boasting the lyric “Stand down… and less of the cheese, selfies… what a f*cking disease” which is clearly a Liam dig at today’s musical generation. At least we have Spotify these days to help us make a little tracklist amend though.

Putting things into perspective for Gallagher junior; the release of ‘Supersonic‘ (the movie) and four years hibernation following the demise of his beloved Beady Eye, it really does seem that all the salmon and jogging has paid off and really cleared the head – firmly putting him back at the forefront of his own mind, which is what got him to where he was in the first place, back in the early 90′s.

Welcome back LG. As You Were X

8/10
Brendan Mc Elroy

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