Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – CHASING YESTERDAY
I thought that Noel Gallagher’s first solo album was the most consistent record he’d ever made. I like Oasis, specific songs especially, but they never made a consistent record. His new record is maybe not quite as good songwriting wise as his debut but more musically adventurous (if that is a description you can use for Noel Gallagher’s music ) Great songs – The Girl With X Ray Eyes and The Dying of the Light.
Dutch Uncles – O SHUDDER
For the Dutch Uncles fourth record, they seem to have gotten back somewhat to the sound of their first album (One of the best records of the last ten years). The nervous angularity is older, wiser in application and still has more recently added keyboards in the mix but is much more energetic and down to Earth than their second and third records. Highlights – Babymaking, Decided to See, In N Out, Be Right Back.
Carl Barat and the Jackals – LET IT REIGN
The irony of the reunion of the Libertines is this record is perhaps the closest to the Libertines music of any of Barat or Pete Doherty’s different band projects and solo recordings. Barat is really making an attempt to sound like Joe Strummer and a Clash influence is all over this record. Best tunes – Victory Gin, Summer in the Trenches, Beginning to See.