Heathen Chemistry

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Jul 2, 2002

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Blender
    Sounds like a band back on track. [#8, p.120]
  2. Oasis can't help but sound like a group battling to free themselves from being last century's thing.
  3. Oasis is back, and in top form.
  4. 80
    Heathen Chemistry finds the quintet back in cracking mid-'90s form.
  5. Pretty much the same Beatles-esque pub-rock with Middle Eastern punches you'd expect--though with more shared singing and songwriting duties than past outings have had.
  6. Heathen Chemistry gets back to what Oasis do well.
  7. While the electronic flourishes and arrogant bombast that respectively marred the band's last two efforts are thankfully gone, there's nothing on Heathen Chemistry to suggest that the "Wonderwall" commercial glory days of the mid-'90s are coming back.
  8. Essentially, Oasis have tentatively begun to master the art of becoming veterans: writing songs that reflect their circumstances and not a mythical image of what they once were; songs that suggest there's life in the old beast yet.
  9. Entertainment Weekly
    A step up from the previous two tossers. [12 July 2002, p.84]
  10. Those who are already fond of the band, and who go into Chemistry with a proper sense of lowered expectations, should leave entertained.
  11. It's hard not to find this album kind of disappointing, a confirmation that no matter what they do, Oasis Mach II will never have the sheer abandon or thrill as Definitely Maybe through Morning Glory.
  12. As on the last few Oasis outings, particularly the arrogant Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, from 2000, Noel's nerdy-architect tendencies are counterbalanced by the bratty and hedonistic snarl of his brother Liam.
  13. Vibe
    Crackles with anger, energy, and defiance. [Aug 2002, p.156]
  14. Mojo
    There's got to be something better, man. [July 2002, p.94]
  15. Uncut
    The new material, with some exceptions, lacks spark and flair, having a sense of anti-climax about it. [Aug 2002, p.106]
  16. Alternative Press
    Noel Gallagher's songwriting is more derivative than ever. [Aug 2002, p.78]
  17. Spin
    The good news is that they haven't completely lost their nerve; they still play their bombastic brat-rock like it's the apotheosis of Western pop culture. Sadly, this is also the bad news. [Aug 2002, p.113]
  18. Any good news – Liam’s decent fist of songwriting, the less oppressive sound, the professional playing – is rendered largely irrelevant by the gaping chasm where more decent songs should be.
  19. That the band that churned out some of the best records ever made in a phenomenal two-year creative splurge should be reduced to anything as pubby as this is nothing short of tragic.
  20. Psychedelia is really only compelling when ego takes a backseat to kaleidoscopic music, and the Gallaghers are, of course, incapable of such a gesture.
  21. Nowadays, the Gallaghers can only offer stylized guitar murk and hookless acoustic ditties; even scarier, you can understand their lyrics, which are more mush-headed and lovey-dovey than you'd expect from a band this self-satisfied.
  22. Heathen Chemistry also takes the time to cop riffs and progressions from previous Oasis hits.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
  1. TonyS
    Sep 18, 2005
    This is a good album by Oasis but when you're one of the all time greats, good isn't good enough. There are 6 classics on here but This is a good album by Oasis but when you're one of the all time greats, good isn't good enough. There are 6 classics on here but 4 very ordinary tunes a very short instrumental. The band produced the record themselves and apart from a few inspired moments, it's clear the boys should have got someone in, who knows what they're doing. The biggest crime is not knowing how to mix Liams vocals, he sounds too tame on certain tracks here, while Noels voice sounds too loud in the mix on some of his vocals. Overall, a good album but quite forgettable. Full Review »
  2. Jul 22, 2014
    The weakest album by Oasis. Definitely not as great as "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants", but it tries. The best song of the album it'sThe weakest album by Oasis. Definitely not as great as "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants", but it tries. The best song of the album it's called "Songbird" and surprisingly, it's written by Liam. This song is a Lennonesque ballad with the simplicity of three chords and amazing lyrics. Another great tune in the album it's called "Stop Crying Your Heart Out", this one it's written by Noel and ignoring the similarity to Wonderwall , it's a great and motivational tune. So, this album it's not bad, but it's not great either. Full Review »
  3. Jan 15, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The best Oasis album of the 2000's era, includes greatest rock song like The Hindu Times, Force of Nature & (Probably) All In The Mind, are greatest rock song, all the album is amazing,perfect, the best masterpiece & The 2nd. best Oasis album, after (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, i got nothing more to say, is perfect Full Review »