Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
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  • Band members: Noel Gallagher
  • Summary: Noel Gallagher of Oasis returns with his debut solo album, which also includes Mike Rowe, former keyboardist for Oasis; Jeremy Stacy of The Lemon Trees; Lenny Castro; and the Crouch End Festival Chorus.
  • Record Label: Island
  • Genre(s): Britpop, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, British Trad Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Oct 17, 2011
    High Flying Birds is the best collection of Gallagher tunes since his Morning Glory days.
  2. Oct 21, 2011
    High Flying Birds isn't a total knockout, but it should keep Liam sleeping with at least one Beady Eye open.
  3. Nov 17, 2011
    His deftly executed--and surprisingly eclectic--debut features flourishes that Liam never would have allowed.
  4. Oct 17, 2011
    It suits him well, and he knows it.
  5. So, for now we're left with another Noel Gallagher album that continues in the same trend of most of Oasis' output, trying to be something greater than it is. But hey, at least it's better than Beady Eye.
  6. Oct 17, 2011
    Lyrically, there are interesting ruminations on the trappings of fame ('(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine') and his troubled mind ('Broken Arrow'), while the album is all the better for losing some of the bravado Noel hid behind while writing for Liam--but there are admittedly some clunkers.
  7. Oct 17, 2011
    For now, then, Gallagher's High Flying Birds are merely coasting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Mar 16, 2012
    One of the best album of the year; If I Had a Gun... is an istant classic, Everybody's on the run is epic, Aka...What a Life is my favourite track. I think this is Noel's best album since Morning Glory. Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2011
    This is one of those rare albums that only seems to come along once every few years where every single track is golden. No filler whatsoever. It easily stands up next to Noel's best work. There's pretty good variety here with epic orchestral arrangements, softer numbers with heartfelt lyrics and vocal delivery, and some good old fashioned rock 'n' roll. Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2011
    Brilliant album by Noel Gallagher. This album truly contains some brilliant songs with wonderful melodies. It is a shame that Noel Gallagher never seems to get proper credit in professional reviews despite making some fantastic songs. People expect him to top Definitely Maybe or WTSMG? every time he records and album. Those are outrageous expectations, but despite that Noel comes with brilliant songs and this album is proof of that. Expand
  4. Mar 7, 2012
    First off this is a really good album taken on it own, however taking it in context I was expecting a little more. This is Noel Gallagher's first solo effort after almost a decade of being in a democratic Oasis where seemingly every band member gets at least one track on an album regardless of the quality of the song. Outside of a track or two on Don't Believe the Truth, neither Gem Archer or Andy Bell added anything to Oasis and if anything they held the whole thing back with there bland mid tempo rock alongs. So back to this record, I was hoping for a Noel Gallagher doing the things in the studio that he simply couldn't do with Oasis. Unfortunately he's not tread any new ground here. Most of the songs are strong but he's not made the most of the raw material here. Stop the Clocks being a prime example - it's an 8 out of 10 track whereas a little more imagination could have made it a 10 out 10. You wonder how much of the material on the record is really fresh, many of the tracks sound like Noel's really tired of them. This record is almost like The Masterplan Part II. Noel songs that didn't get the Oasis seal of approval. Still really good stuff but not quite fulfilling their potential. After all that criticism, it's still a 9 out of 10 record when it all comes down to it. Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2011
    Noel's best work since Morning Glory. A class apart from Beady eye. A must if you're an Oasis fan, I'd still pick it up even if you're not. Only one stinker; Solider boys and Jesus freaks. Other then that a great modern album. A nice pick-me-up from the stress's of life. Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2013
    Let’s face it; Noel Gallagher is one of the the greatest songwriters England has produced, maybe ever. But after the lackluster last few Oasis albums Noel lazily threw songs on, we finally got to see the genius songwriter in his own element, and the long awaited curiousness did not disappoint. ”If I Had A Gun” is probably as close to “Wonderwall“‘s romanticism he’ll ever get, and “AKA…What a Life!” puts a new disco beat side to Noel’s musical palette. But the thing that hits you most in “High Flying Birds” is the absolute epicness of the album, something that never escaped Oasis, but seemed overblown and unneeded at the same time. Noel, not having his brother’s menacing stage prowess and strong Lydon-esque vocals, needed to compensate, and it worked marvelously. Expand
  7. Jun 20, 2012
    This album is simply the best from Noel for a very long time,full of gentle hooky riffs and aaddictive melodies reminiscent of OASIS at the peak (morning glory).My favourite track 6 AKA What a life is already a legendary sporting anthem truly wonderful,the message to Liam is loud and clear I,m doin okay thanks Bruce ! . Expand

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