• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Jul 2, 2002
Metascore
55

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
    80
    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
    67
    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
    60
    Crackles with anger, energy, and defiance. [Aug 2002, p.156]
  14. Mojo
    50
    There's got to be something better, man. [July 2002, p.94]
  15. Uncut
    50
    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
    40
    Noel Gallagher's songwriting is more derivative than ever. [Aug 2002, p.78]
  17. Spin
    40
    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
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 107 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 107
  2. Negative: 16 out of 107
  1. TonyS
    Sep 18, 2005
    7
    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. Jan 22, 2019
    3
    Many people turn to albums like Be Here Now and Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants as the worst albums by Oasis. Be Here Now had its momentsMany people turn to albums like Be Here Now and Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants as the worst albums by Oasis. Be Here Now had its moments and I believe that SOTSOG is actually a solid record. No no, the worst Oasis has ever been being on 2002's Heathen Chemistry.

    The album starts out promising with The Hindu Times. It isn't creative, but it gets the blood pumping and is a very strong opener. It isn't as strong as the demo recorded by Noel himself, but it is a solid tune. However, this song also shows the albums weak and **** points. All the songs are guitar-driven, but not in a good way. The only instrument you can hear is a guitar which is a disappointment after the rich instrumentation of the last album.

    Most of the songs are just overly long guitar rockers or ballads. A force of nature is an arrogant and sour slug of four minutes. Born on a different cloud and Stop crying your heart out are overly sentimental and melodramatic. She is love is just bland.

    But Oasis doesn't just bore in their own way. No, they copy sounds from other bands. Hung In A Bad Place is a z-list Black Crowes song. Songbird is Liam just trying to be John Lennon.

    There are two other bright spots on the album aside from the opener. Little by Little is fine. On another oasis album this would be filler, but here it's a nice break of pace. A quick peep is amazing. It's an original song that takes influences and uses it in an interesting way. It should have been the entire album.

    Heathen Chemistry is disappointing in every way. It doesn't live up to the promise of new sounds by their superior album that came before. It doesn't feel like an interesting album. And it isn't a very good album. Luckily Oasis kinda redeemed themselves on their next album, because this leaves a sour taste for a long time after you listen to this shadow of a once great band
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  3. Jul 22, 2014
    6
    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 »