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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. 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
  2. Mar 8, 2013
    I like Dig Out Your Soul, but I remember that I love Morning Glory and this, just like most of their last albums, is worse. Half of the tracks aren't very brilliant, but the others are good, especially Falling Down and The Shock Of The Lightning. Could have been better. Expand
  3. Jul 22, 2014
    The songs written by Noel are amazing, every single one. But the rest of the band doesn't try to match his level. It's the best Oasis album since "(What's the Story) Morning Glory" though. Expand
  4. Dec 29, 2010
    Nice release, but far below the glorious era of Oasis .... the beggining is very rock, until track four; then, oasis falls in the trap of "experimentation" or tries to create some pop ballades, but unfortunately unsuccessufuly Expand
  5. Mar 12, 2012
    After years of some good singles but very average albums I was really happy with 2005's Don't Believe the Truth from Oasis. Really enjoyed it and it's still my 3rd favourite Oasis record. They really recaptured some of their magic on that. Because of this, I had a big expectations for the follow up Dig Out Your Soul and unfortunately it doesn't quite live up to them. There are some great tacks on here but too much of it is either mid tempo or else just bland and the qulaity levels just go through the floor on the last 4 tracks. Noel's 6 tracks carry the record. Liam's contributions are his weakest since Little James on Standing on the Shoulder..... Even the single he penned, I'm Outta Time is hugely overrated. The Nature of Reality and To Be Where There's Live, thrown in by Andy Bell and Gem Archer, are boring. NG should have put the foot down and been stricter with what went on the record, especially when you hear some of the stuff he had lying around for years that made it onto his solo record. This had the potential to be a 9 out 10 record but the sharing out of the song writing responsibility's cost it in the end. Expand
  6. May 12, 2013
    With the first 5 tracks, this record really promises you something new, something great by a band that’s just gotten mediocre in the last couple of years. The psychedelic vibe and the intricately well-written lyrics get you really into the new sound. But then comes the song (Get Off Your) High Horse Lady and you notice, Oasis hasn’t really changed at all. Drug-inspired and totally meaningless lyrics laid on a perpetually boring beat that they call “experimental”. Falling Down is quite good afterwards, but the last 4 songs of the CD are really poor. Interestingly, it’s just obverse to their prior record, Don’t Believe The Truth. That album got really good at the end, DOYS destroys everything with annoying and silly tunes. All in all, Dig Out Your Soul isn’t the worst Oasis album because there are a bit more rememberable songs than on Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants, their alternative rock debut, but it’s still very disappointing considering the potential it had at the start. Expand
  7. Sep 8, 2011
    Erm, the only song that's alright to listen to is the single "The Shock of the Lightning". The rest of the album is very old-fashion 60s' rock-and-roll style. Which is not my cup of tea. I fell in love with Oasis music in the 90s', during the time when they were a rock group, now, they've totally changed their style. Uncool. Come on Oasis, you're not that old. Try to come up with something more how you say, 21st century!! I'm sorry, as a fan I can't even give you a 1 for this poor effort! If you guys wanted to split, you should have done that before "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants". Expand

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