Don't Believe The Truth

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: May 31, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. Spin
    Leanness and vitality have replaced the cokey bloat of their last few studio trips. [Jun 2005, p.103]
  2. It's confident, muscular, uncluttered, tight, and tuneful in a way Oasis haven't been since Morning Glory.
  3. Filter
    The most immediate tunes are undoubtedly the headbobbing rockers, but it's when Oasis stretch themselves that they are at their most interesting. [#15, p.91]
  4. Q Magazine
    The Gallaghers sound more comfortable than ever in their skins. [Jun 2005, p.102]
  5. Mojo
    Their best in almost a decade. [Jun 2005, p.100]
  6. 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.
  7. Alternative Press
    Don't Believe The Truth strips away the layered excess of albums like 1997's Be Here Now to revisit the streamlined pomposity of the group's earliest discs. [Jul 2005, p.182]
  8. Yes, the rumors are true: Oasis has--for the first time in a decade--made an album worth hearing.
  9. Rolling Stone
    It's the first Oasis album in years that doesn't sound like pale self-imitation. [2 Jun 2005, p.70]
  10. Better than the first two? Course not. Better than the last three? Definitely.
  11. For a few glorious moments, our beloved Mancs have that swagger back.
  12. It lacks the raw energy and tunes that made people want to hum uncontrollably in the shower. Worse yet, the brazen confidence the Gallagher brothers displayed during the early years has faded.
  13. Entertainment Weekly
    Sure, for 11 songs, these blokes can grind out toe-tapping Britpop, but there are no heart-pounding anthems here. [10 Jun 2005, p.107]
  14. Under The Radar
    Half good and never outstanding. [#10, p.113]
  15. Blender
    Noel Gallagher has even less to say than he used to. [Jun 2005, p.112]
  16. Don't Believe the Truth might be the best Oasis album in eight years, but that doesn't mean you won't be shaking your head in incredulity from time to time.
  17. 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.
  18. Oasis has given us another album chock-full of jangley Brit-pop numbers and stadium-rockers, and the result is a formulaic rock record.
  19. 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.
  20. New Musical Express (NME)
    There's certainly nothing here that'll match 'Wonderwall' or 'Live Forever' for pub karaoke ubiquity, but with this record Oasis are at least tentatively stretching themselves in new directions. [28 May 2005, p.61]
  21. 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.
  22. Don’t Believe The Truth is simply Oasis being Oasis with maximum efficiency. Which is to say that if you’re a committed acolyte of the church of Oasis, you’ll love it.
  23. Uncut
    The lack of urgency makes it feel like we're eavesdropping on a well-heeled Britpop Survivors Group rather than the site of fresh rock'n'roll alchemy. [Jun 2005, p.98]
  24. Don’t Believe the Truth... probably isn’t Oasis’ nadir (that distinction arguably being due to 2002’s atrocious Heathen Chemistry), but one could be fooled for thinking so.
  25. In the end, it's Oasis's attempts to capture former pinnacles, from trying to re-create the simple sunny-side-up pleasures of "Live Forever" to trying for another album-ending mountain like "Champagne Supernova," that keep their latter-day output so entirely forgettable.
  26. Yes, 'Don't Believe The Truth' is an improvement on the trilogy of folly that is 'Be Here Now', 'Heathen Chemistry' and 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants'. But so what? Can't polish a turd, you know.
  27. Mediocre melodies ride atop formulaic songwriting.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 334 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 216
  1. NoelG.
    Oct 3, 2007
    Absolutely Pathetic. This is how you de-rail a career, and yes I think other people out their could write better songs - and they're Absolutely Pathetic. This is how you de-rail a career, and yes I think other people out their could write better songs - and they're probably not being obnoxious, they're just being honest. Maybe you should listen to people who play instruments, and not rich rock stars who's day has come and gone long ago. Altogether, if you haven't heard this album, I'm being dead truthful here - your dead lucky - cause its pathetic. If I could turn back time, I would off happily have had the band call it quits after "Heathen Chemistry", the fact that it took the band so long to write and record this, and scrap so many sessions is just ridiculous and laughable. After all Oasis is about honesty, and I swear to god, their is no honesty in this music anywhere Full Review »
  2. kazuhirok.
    Jul 12, 2007
    oasis is dead.
  3. carl
    May 25, 2007
    The entire album is really boring , the only song in the entire album that isn't terrible is the importance of being idle.