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  • Summary: The British rock band releases its seventh album, produced by Dave Sardy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. What's striking about Dig Out Your Soul is how its relentless onslaught of sound proves as enduring as the tunes.
  2. With this balanced collection of solid rockers, more airy, toned-down tracks and far less self-indulgent noodling, Oasis prove they can learn from their mistakes.
  3. 70
    Noel Gallagher wrote two more tunes here, both excellent. Unfortunately, age has softened his heart, and he cedes the album's other half to his bandmates (including lead-singing brother Liam), who offer subpar material.
  4. Oasis can still occasionally produce songs suggestive of the breezy insouciance that marked their early years--the new single 'The Shock of the Lightning' among them--but more often on Dig Out Your Soul, they sound as though they're killing themselves trying to come up with something that'll do.
  5. If there are moments when the feted snap and snarl of yore amounts to little more than ramming generic blues licks down the audience's throat, they're tempered with moments of discovery like the lysergic 'To Be Where There's Life' and 'Falling Down' which displays an uncharacteristic lightness of touch.
  6. 60
    It's an uninspiring ending to a record that it's best faces up to some pretty downbeat truths and thus seems to fit right into the current national mood.
  7. An overall sound that’s been compressed and flatlined into one continuous buzz, this sounds like a tired band that had already gone through the motions before it even started.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 83
  2. Negative: 6 out of 83
  1. joen.
    Oct 7, 2008
    Excellent album from a very underrated (at least in america) band. Although it is hard to compare it to Def.Maybe and WTSMG, I can say that it is up there with their best. (and that says alot since i enjoy all of their albums.) New fans should "dig" it... as i know the diehards will. Unbelievable group of work. Expand
  2. AlbertoG.
    Oct 15, 2008
    Fantastic album, specially the first 7 songs. Their best since the underrated Be here now.
  3. Jan 15, 2014
    perfect, where you seen it, the caratle, the songs, are perfect, the 3rd. best oasis album, is amazing, since bag it up till, soldier on, & I'm Outta Time is the best song of the album, an instant Classic, all too much to say Expand
  4. DavidS.
    Oct 7, 2008
    Their best in a decade! The songs exude confidence and epic grandeur. Serious goose-bump music. Proves that the boys are still the most important contemporary rock band of our generation. No other band can equal the soaring melodies and instant appeal. Whether you love em, or hate them. you must respect them! Expand
  5. ChrisK
    Aug 15, 2009
    When I first heard this album I thought Oasis were finished...but after hearing it again it gets a lot better, with some of their best work on here...of course it can't compare to Definitely Maybe or Morning Glory, but it's still a great album by a great band! Expand
  6. SeanW.
    Oct 8, 2008
    I don't know what these reviewers are listening to. This album is a blast... loud, cocky, fun... with some truly great riffs. Best album of theirs in a while. Expand
  7. SH
    Nov 16, 2008
    honestly it's long since gotten boring to hear oasis peddling the same few songs over and over again for 15 years. the result this time is so generic and uninspiring that it borders on self parody. many people regard oasis as a hasbeen band from 10 years or so ago and this does nothing but reinforce that perception. that the oasis hardcore continue to cling to the notion of oasis being one of the world's biggest bands is reminiscent of the old japanese soldiers who continued fighting in the jungles for years after world war 2 ended. Expand

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