Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic 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's confident, muscular, uncluttered, tight, and tuneful in a way Oasis haven't been since Morning Glory.
  3. 86
    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. 80
    Their best in almost a decade. [Jun 2005, p.100]
  5. The Gallaghers sound more comfortable than ever in their skins. [Jun 2005, p.102]
  6. 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]
  7. 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.
  8. It's the first Oasis album in years that doesn't sound like pale self-imitation. [2 Jun 2005, p.70]
  9. For a few glorious moments, our beloved Mancs have that swagger back.
  10. Yes, the rumors are true: Oasis has--for the first time in a decade--made an album worth hearing.
  11. Better than the first two? Course not. Better than the last three? Definitely.
  12. 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]
  13. 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.
  14. 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]
  15. 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.
  16. Half good and never outstanding. [#10, p.113]
  17. 60
    Noel Gallagher has even less to say than he used to. [Jun 2005, p.112]
  18. 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.
  19. Oasis has given us another album chock-full of jangley Brit-pop numbers and stadium-rockers, and the result is a formulaic rock record.
  20. 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.
  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. 40
    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
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 303 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 214
  1. Sep 8, 2012
    7
    Is not the best Oasis album, but overall is enjoyable. The melodies and guitar riffs sound very 60's. Mucky Fingers has an obvious influenced from velvet underground's waiting for my man. Let There Be Love has a John Lennon feel to it. Their image never looked more beatlesque than ever at this time. If they at least they didn't try too hard, but other than the way too obvious influences, I can feel so much energy in their songs like Lyla, The Importance Of Being Idle, Meaning Of Soul, Turn Up The sun, and of course you got ballads like Guess God Thinks I'm Able. This acoustic composition is one of the best songs in the album, and Let There Be Loved, which was already mentioned is as well a nice love tune. Full Review »
  2. Mar 12, 2012
    9
    For Oasis, the 10 years after the release of What's the Story Morning Glory were made up of 3 average albums that had some good songs on them but the blandness and the bloated production definitely outweighed the best moments. Don't Believe the Truth was the antithesis of this, In 2005 Oasis returned to 1965 with an acoustic rock sound ala Ray Davies and the Kinks. As usual for an Oasis record, its full of 60's influences, but they really put their own stamp on things here. It's the only Oasis album where Andy Bell and Gem Archers make worthwhile contributions (Turn Up the Sun and A Bell Will Ring are as all out rock as Oasis have ever gotten) and Liam's contributions are the best work he's done with the band and his vocals are excellent throughout the album. Noel's songs are still the highlight of the record but for once an Oasis album isn't completely dependant on him for high points. It's not quite on the level of their first two records but it's their next best by country miles. Not a bad track on there. Full Review »
  3. Jan 17, 2012
    9
    Great album by the best loved British band! Surely takes Oasis back to business. I hoped a lot from the album and in return I got a lot from as per what I had expected. It's one of the most defining album of the 2000s for sure. Full Review »