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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.
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  • 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
    100
    High Flying Birds is the best collection of Gallagher tunes since his Morning Glory days.
  2. Oct 21, 2011
    80
    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
    80
    His deftly executed--and surprisingly eclectic--debut features flourishes that Liam never would have allowed.
  4. Oct 17, 2011
    70
    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
    60
    Tick the boxes, add a few strings, loud bit here, quiet bit there--it presents as the musical equivalent of a catering buffet that while attractive, initially satisfying and never truly souring of the palate, ends up quickly becoming a homogenised sprawl that fails to tempt you back for second helpings.
  7. Oct 17, 2011
    40
    For now, then, Gallagher's High Flying Birds are merely coasting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Nov 8, 2011
    10
    Brilliant album by Noel Gallagher. This album truly contains some brilliant songs with wonderful melodies. It is a shame that Noel GallagherBrilliant 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. Collapse
  2. Apr 20, 2014
    10
    the greatest debuts albums, this is one of the best debuts album, is from the chief of Oasis, Noel Gallagher, & the High Flying Birds, Thethe greatest debuts albums, this is one of the best debuts album, is from the chief of Oasis, Noel Gallagher, & the High Flying Birds, The Best Begin with NO END Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2011
    10
    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.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
  4. Nov 14, 2011
    9
    Fantastic solo album by Noel "God Bless" Gallagher. "Everybody's on the Run" opens as an instant classic. My favorite track "(I Wanna live inFantastic solo album by Noel "God Bless" Gallagher. "Everybody's on the Run" opens as an instant classic. My favorite track "(I Wanna live in a dream in my)Record Machine". Expand
  5. Nov 23, 2011
    9
    This is a really good album. Noel Gallagher's sticks to what he knows best - classic rock songs with strong melodies, all very wellThis is a really good album. Noel Gallagher's sticks to what he knows best - classic rock songs with strong melodies, all very well orchestrated. Two reasons this album loses a point from being a perfect 10 - a lack of experimentation and no energetic rockers. Expand
  6. Dec 7, 2012
    8
    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds probably isn't an album for 20-year-old fans of Liam's sneering out the lyrics to Oasis' first hit,Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds probably isn't an album for 20-year-old fans of Liam's sneering out the lyrics to Oasis' first hit, "Supersonic," or who crave the crunchy guitars on the title song of the band's great album. "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?"

    What Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds is, is an album written and performed by a middle-aged rocker who's decided he's happier going it alone. Think Sting after his departure from The Police, though some may rightly argue that Oasis wasn't the Police and Noel is no Sting. Still, it's the kind of album that reflects aging, wisdom and maturity and that Oasis fans who've gone from mosh pit dancing to careers in mid-level management, from enthusiastic party-minded youths to parents with mortgages might find appealing. I certainly do.

    Certainly, NGHFB is high on sentimentality and the mournful notes of music reflect a longing sense of the past, from the amazing line, "Excuse me if I spoke too soon. My eyes have always followed you around the room," in "If I Had a Gun," to the strumming banjo notes of "I'd Pick You Every Time," but it's more than that, really. "AKA, What A Life" has a sense of sound that might give us a glimpse into the style of music Noel's second album might feature (hopefully!). "Everybody's on the Run" has those deeply, emotional notes, echoed in the strings that reverberate through the song, but in it, Noel seemingly thumbs his nose at his brother, Gallagher style, saying, "You've been drifting and stealing, try to walk in my shoes, but they don't belong to you."

    Certainly, NGHFB is mid-tempo music of a mid-tempo guy in the middle of his life and career. But to write this one off -- given the beauty of the lyrics and music and the known struggles of a guy departing what was, at one time, one of the biggest bands in the world -- as a mid-tempo slow rocker would be to miss the emotional impact it has. It shows a lot of growth from late-era Oasis and gives us a taste of Noel breaking the "Beatles and Stones" shackles his brother put in place. All in all, a terrific album and I look forward to hearing more from Noel in the future.
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  7. Jun 20, 2012
    0
    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 theThis 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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