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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release from the Oasis singer features contributions from producer Greg Kurstin, Damon McMahon, Michael Tighe, and Andrew Wyatt.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
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  1. 80
    Why Me? Why Not. is indeed comparable to one of Macca’s recent solo albums, a little modern, a little throwback, a lot of good stuff. Don’t miss out on the resurgence of Liam Gallagher while you’re hoping against hope for the return of his former band.
  2. Sep 10, 2019
    80
    Gallagher remains an excellent interpreter of others’ lyrics, but he takes the skill further here and it results in a collection of classic songs drenched in melody, accompanied by clearly expressed, noticeable lyrics.
  3. Mojo
    Sep 10, 2019
    80
    There are a few other naff moments, but Gallagher's voice carries everything, sounding fantastic, high and bright in the mix. [Oct 2019, p.82]
  4. Uncut
    Sep 19, 2019
    70
    Why Me? Why Not. ticks a number of boxes for his fanbase. [Nov 2019, p.25]
  5. Sep 20, 2019
    70
    It wouldn’t be a Gallagher record without an ode to John Lennon, and Why Me? Why Not checks all the boxes.
  6. Sep 27, 2019
    69
    Why Me? Why Not. largely succeeds when Gallagher allows himself to dig deep into his past and get a bit personal.
  7. Sep 19, 2019
    50
    There’s attitude aplenty from the very outset. In fact, its first track, “Shockwave,” contains the clarion call of electric guitars combined with bluesy harp, at least partially giving the lie to chest-thumping lyrics Liam delivers with an almost audible sneer. The repetition of the refrain might be better served with an extra dollop or two of spontaneity, and while this somewhat stilted production might well be expected from Kurstin and Wyatt–who’ve worked with the likes of Adele and Lady Gaga–it doesn’t lessen the dampening effect on this performance and that of “Now That’ I’ve Found You.”

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Score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Sep 25, 2019
    10
    Great 2nd solo album by Liam Gallagher and a successful follow up to his excellent debut "As You Were". A cohesive and mature piece of work,Great 2nd solo album by Liam Gallagher and a successful follow up to his excellent debut "As You Were". A cohesive and mature piece of work, with Liam doing what he knows best, delivering great catchy rock n roll tunes to sing your heart out. Expand
  2. Sep 20, 2019
    10
    Liam has allowed not to miss Oasis too much with her songs, and that's a lot.
  3. Sep 20, 2019
    10
    Great album! The Best album solo of liam gallagher! Remember The Best moments of Oasis.
  4. Sep 20, 2019
    9
    Brilliant follow up to As You Were.
    Disappointed that Halo made the cut and Misunderstood was left to be a “Bonus Track”
    Now That I’ve found
    Brilliant follow up to As You Were.
    Disappointed that Halo made the cut and Misunderstood was left to be a “Bonus Track”
    Now That I’ve found You is a real highlight, as is Gone.
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  5. Sep 20, 2019
    9
    Great album. I think this will suit a lot of people. Oasis die hard fans, or juste britpop fans. The album has some flaws (halo is prettyGreat album. I think this will suit a lot of people. Oasis die hard fans, or juste britpop fans. The album has some flaws (halo is pretty bad). Gone closes perfectlty the album.

    Best tunes after first listen:

    Why me why not
    Gone
    One of us
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  6. Oct 4, 2019
    8
    Our kid is killing his big brother nowadays. Hard to believe but Liam carries the torch of Oasis far better than the brother knocking aroundOur kid is killing his big brother nowadays. Hard to believe but Liam carries the torch of Oasis far better than the brother knocking around with Bono and churning out disco. Classic Brit rock returns with Shockwave, from the first strum the tune swaggers into a great chorus with it's nod to T-Rex's Metal Guru. From here on, if you pined for more Oasis-like tunes your going to be chuffed. Does he need Noel? Maybe, but not for his songwriting any longer. Expand
  7. Sep 24, 2019
    0
    Liam serves up yet another album of the same flavorless meat and potatoes dad-rock he's been regurgitating since 1995, with all the usualLiam serves up yet another album of the same flavorless meat and potatoes dad-rock he's been regurgitating since 1995, with all the usual absence of wit, creativity, ingenuity, and in this case more than ever: without any reason to exist. Time's have moved on, Liam should too. Expand

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