What does it sound like?:
His third solo album, and with enough traction to further bury/forget the mis-step underwhelm of Beady Eye, which could’ve consigned Liam to post-Oasis tryer. But 2 previous solo albums, and now this one restores the reputation, and continues to push Gallagher The Younger in front of his elder brother.
‘C’Mon You Know’ may not be breaking new experimental ground, but is just different enough from previous offerings to stand on it’s own.
The listening diet here must’ve included to The Beatles ‘Revolver’ with a side order of ‘Let It Bleed’ era Stones-y – there are echoes of both throughout (although I must state not exclusively).
Sometimes it might be a bit “Liam by numbers” like he’s toeing the record company line or career advisor to break the US (and anywhere else). And a Dave Grohl co-write can’t do any harm pulling in new fans from the Foo Fighters fanbase (or indeed the US where very British acts often fall – Slade, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Jam, Blur, Oasis)
Album opener “More Power” has a choir intro that is just a bit too close to ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, whilst “Everything’s Electric” (co-written with Dave Grohl) has more than a passing nod to “Gimme Shelter”. “Better Days” is the most Revolver-esque with phased drums and backwards guitar, and “Don’t Go Halfway” repeats the tricks.
And in the shape of “Too Good For Giving Up” he’s found another of those big ballads – in a similar mould to “Champagne Supernova”, “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” or “For What It’s Worth” that he will no doubt deliver bolt upright, parka clad, straining towards the microphone, and again showcasing “The Voice of Britpop”.
Of the 12 tracks here, only the closer “Oh Sweet Children” misses the spot for me – maybe if it was earlier in the album it wouldn’t claw so much, but as a closer it just signs the album off with a bit of an anti-climax.
As with previous efforts, it may be “lyrically challenged” ie finding a rhyme for the next line that will fit the last line, but he’s got the chops to carry it off, remains musically assured, and no little attitude and commitment in the delivery.
What does it all *mean*?
Despite the above comparisons and possible shortcomings (unfairly?), this is the product of Liam Gallagher, his co-writers and performers, and no little attitude and belief in ones self.
Some years ago he declared “Tonight, I’m a Rock n Roll Star”, and with this album he’s continuing to fulfill that prophecy, even if he’s heading a bit more mainstream than perhaps he intended
At times, it can sound a bit too clean and contrived but the overall result is a Good album (I may even venture a Very Good album), , but not perhaps a Great one.
Formulaic – tick
Annoying as fuck – tick
Gets under your skin – tick
Can’t stop humming it all day – tick
Liam manages to tick all four boxes
I think the “rules of engagement” for this one are fairly simple: play loud, enjoy, don’t go looking for hidden meaning in the lyrics.
Goes well with…
Might suit people who like…
Loud enunciated songs that you don’t have to try too hard with.