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  • Summary: Liam and Noel's sixth album is preceded by the single "Lyla." 'Truth,' produced by Dave Sardy, represents the band's second attempt at recording this album; original sessions recorded with Death In Vegas in 2003 were scrapped.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. 91
    Leanness and vitality have replaced the cokey bloat of their last few studio trips. [Jun 2005, p.103]
  2. It is, in fact, what almost every other Oasis album has been: Not nearly as bad as overhyped sufferers might fear, not nearly as good as its enthusiasts want it to be.
  3. 80
    Their best in almost a decade. [Jun 2005, p.100]
  4. Let's not get overexcited - it's no masterpiece - but this is the first Oasis album in a decade to suggest that they have a future rather than just a huge, asphyxiating past.
  5. As musically competent and beautifully-produced as this record undeniably is, strip the vocals and you'd be hard-pushed to identify it as being an Oasis album or enjoy it accordingly.
  6. There are a lot of reasons this album doesn't gel, not least that Liam Gallagher now sounds like a singing anti-smoking campaign, and the brash, snotty arrogance that once sold "Cigarettes and Alcohol" and "Champagne Supernova" is crushed out by his gruffness.
  7. Mediocre melodies ride atop formulaic songwriting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 214
  1. Dave
    Jun 3, 2005
    10
    One of the greatest albums I've heard in years, and definitely the best album of 2005! Nothing but undeniable, quality rok n roll!
  2. MikkelP
    Aug 15, 2005
    10
    This is the greatest album since Morning Glory!
  3. JackieK
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    My favourite Oasis album is Don't Believe The Truth and Definitely Maybe. This album is sensitive and powerful. first two album was singin' about the Youth, but this album is about the Grown-Up people's story(that people are all members of Oasis) more wise, more calm but still powerful and strong. Expand
  4. johnr
    Jun 19, 2005
    9
    Gone is the affectionate bombastic blasting which marked their last three albums. Could this be the Seargant Pepper they have yearned for ? Collectively this is a Rock classic with "Tooooonful", memorable songs - I can't decide on a favourite cut as it changes daily. The most exciting rock album I've enjoyed for some time then! Expand
  5. joebob
    Aug 12, 2005
    8
    this is oasis' 3rd best behind definetly maybe and morning glory.some bad lyrics but good gutiar riffs and chords.the addition of drummer zak starkey is hit and miss.he's good for foot stumpers like "lyla" and hard-banging like "turn up the sun".but he doesnt get too complicated on the drums.no drum rolls or drum furries.just pretty basic drumming.best track is "keep the dream alive". Expand
  6. attaboy
    Jun 2, 2005
    7
    It seems to me this album is coming out at a perfect time to make a Star Wars analogy. Oasis' first two albums were brilliant, equilivent in greatness to A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Be Here Now, while it had it's moments and was generally fun, was overdone, bloated and self-indulgent (similar to the Ewoks). The next two albums resembled the Star Wars prequals - both pretty much sucked but still appealed to their core audience (virgins for Star Wars, Anglophiles for Oasis), who tried to convince anyone and everyone there was inherit merit in the movies and albums on the sheer basis that it was a Star Wars movie or an Oasis album. With Don't Believe the Truth (and Sith), the Star Wars analogy becomes complete, whereby both franchises have redeemed themselves. This is a fine album, but it won't win any awards or end up on any legitimate year-end top tens. Good summer fun though. Expand
  7. jt
    May 31, 2005
    0
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