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  • Artist(s): 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: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  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. Expand
  2. Oct 23, 2016
    10
    BIBLICAL. That is what this album is. Noel Gallagher proves that he is in fact the mastermind behind everything great Oasis did. There is notBIBLICAL. That is what this album is. Noel Gallagher proves that he is in fact the mastermind behind everything great Oasis did. There is not one bad track on this album. It is not a Definitely Maybe or a What's the Story (Morning Glory)? But that is an unrealistic expectation. Noel switches his Rock n' Roll image for a more old Pop/Rock style, but does it so brilliantly that it makes you fall in love with his music all over again. Everybody's on the Run is maybe the best intro track on an album since Rock n' Roll Star. If I Had a Gun is a brilliant love song. The Death of You and Me is a genius lyrical and instrumental song. AKA What a Life is literally an adventurous ride and Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks is a brilliant comment of today's society. This is definitely one of the greatest debut albums of the last 20 years. 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. DPR
    Nov 16, 2011
    9
    Noel's best album since Morning Glory. Even the b-sides and bonus songs are excellent (especially Alone On The Rope and A Simple Game OfNoel's best album since Morning Glory. Even the b-sides and bonus songs are excellent (especially Alone On The Rope and A Simple Game Of Genius. The album is strong from start to finish. Dig Out Your Soul started off strong, but the second half of the album was pretty weak. The second half of this album is excellent, with A.K.A Broken Arrow, Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks, and Stop the Clocks being stand out songs. 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. Nov 8, 2011
    8
    Truly a good product, even if Noel still looks at the past (Stop the Clocks would be better with Liam on vocals,Record Machine maybe not butTruly a good product, even if Noel still looks at the past (Stop the Clocks would be better with Liam on vocals,Record Machine maybe not but misses Oasis' rest of the band). If I Had a Gun and Everybody's on the Run are instant classics,and the AKAs songs a pleasure in listening.. I believe in this Chief new thing Expand
  7. May 16, 2013
    5
    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is not only Noel Gallagher’s first post-Oasis album, but also the first of all his albums to have an atNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is not only Noel Gallagher’s first post-Oasis album, but also the first of all his albums to have an at least slightly cohesive narrative. He’s insisting that he hadn’t planned on doing so while writing the songs, but it turned out to be something that you could find a connection in if you’re searching for one. But does that automatically make it better than the last four disappointing Oasis releases? It may seem so at the start, but after the finale Stop The Clocks a fake reinterpretation of classic Oasis song Champagne Supernova that has been bubbling around in Noel’s had already before the release of 2005’s Don’t Believe The Truth it’s another unfulfilling record. Noel Gallagher surprises with one fantastic song, entitled If I Had A Gun, that combines well-written and poetic lyrics with interesting instrument experiments, but most of NGHFB is plain vanilla. There’s actually no bad song on the album, but the whole vibe is a bit boring after all. Gallagher succeeded in making a new sort of music and getting away from the Oasis style, but didn’t succeed in making the music more special and interesting than in the recent Oasis albums. It may be a bit rash to say that there is no future for this new project of Noel, but I guess that he will soon realize that is days are over. Expand

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