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  • Summary: This is the fifth studio album for the one-time superstars, who now retain only the brothers Gallagher from their original lineup. Former Ride guitarist Andy Bell and Heavy Stereo bassist Gem Archer make their first studio appearances as members of the band, and in an Oasis first, all four members share in the songwriting. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Oasis can't help but sound like a group battling to free themselves from being last century's thing.
  2. 80
    Heathen Chemistry finds the quintet back in cracking mid-'90s form.
  3. 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.
  4. Those who are already fond of the band, and who go into Chemistry with a proper sense of lowered expectations, should leave entertained.
  5. 50
    The new material, with some exceptions, lacks spark and flair, having a sense of anti-climax about it. [Aug 2002, p.106]
  6. Noel Gallagher's songwriting is more derivative than ever. [Aug 2002, p.78]
  7. Heathen Chemistry also takes the time to cop riffs and progressions from previous Oasis hits.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 58
  2. Negative: 9 out of 58
  1. Jan 15, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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 Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2011
    9
    Its not as immediately brilliant as morning glory or definitely maybe, but there are some fantastic songs on here! 'Force of nature' has a great edge to it, while s'top crying your heart out' and 'little by little' are captivating ballads. Pretty much every song is worth listening to again and again, overall the album is far better than it is given credit for Expand
  3. Mar 13, 2012
    8
    After the disappointment of Be Here Now and Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, the singles that came off Heathen Chemistry really gave Oasis fans a lot of cause for optimism. The Hindu Times has the typical Oasis swagger in abundance, Stop Crying Your Heart Out is as sleek and smooth a ballad as you'll hear. Then you have Liam's surprisingly brilliant Songbird, not to mention Noels double A-side Little By Little/ She is Love. Unfortunately outside of the singles, the rest of the album is a bit bland. Gem Archer and Andy Bells offering definitely take this album down a notch quality wise. Hung in a Bad Place and A Quick Peep are dreadful. If you replaced those tracks with 2 more Noel penned tracks it would have been a really good record. Instead, it's not bad. I also think if the best parts of this record was combined with the highlights of SotSoG, Oasis might have brought out a real classic. Expand
  4. Mar 8, 2013
    8
    With Heathen Chemistry Oasis return to their typical sound, after the "experiments" of their previous album.
    It is a good album, but very far
    from their first two. However some songs are wonderful, especially Stop Crying Your Heart Out and Little By Little. I also like Probably All In The Mind and some others. Collapse

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