Oasis are one of the most iconic bands this country has ever produced, becoming a staple of the Britpop era which dominated the music charts in the 90s but much like the Britpop era, their time ran out and they split ways in 2009. This is my opinion on how their seven studio albums rank from best to worst.
7: Dig Out Your Soul (Released in 2008)
This right here is the hottest mess you will ever feast your ears upon. It is the last album Oasis ever did and there’s decent grounds to suggest it should never have come out in the first place with the band way beyond their youthful heyday. ‘The Shock Of The Lightning’ is a decent track but that is one of the very few safe points about this one as we fluctuate between Liam’s tired and aching singing voice and Noel’s dull and unimaginative guitar chords (not for the first time may I add). This is widely regarded as the worst Oasis album and it is sad that this is our last memory of one of Britain’s truly great rock and roll bands, but it really is appalling trust me.
6: Don’t Believe The Truth (Released in 2005)
Right, this album had a good title, a cryptic cover and commercially well-received singles, so what went wrong? Well I will tell you, it is a messy, rushed and thrown together project where all members of the band have their hand at songwriting and as you can unsurprisingly imagine, the result isn’t top notch. ‘Lyla’ will forever remain one of my seven deadly music sins for that awful whining vocal delivery from Liam Gallagher while Noel’s guitar riff is just too washed and pop-sounding for my liking. With that being said, ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’ is one of the finest moments of Noel’s career and remains one of the few shining lights from Oasis’ noughties ventures.
5: Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants (Released in 2000)
This was always going to be a tough album for Oasis, especially given how crazy the first three went for the band. They were the biggest band in the world and sold millions upon millions of copies from their first three albums; but then this came along. It all started so brightly, with ‘Fuckin’ In The Bushes’ remaining a truly classic opener and ‘Go Let it Out’ having a wonderful Beatles-esque synth-rock sound to it. Hell, even ‘Little James’, which Liam wrote himself, was a good track; but the rest just leaves so much to be desired unfortunately, a dull ending after such an electric and promising start to their fourth album. It would be a sign of things to come for Oasis as they struggled to transfer their 90s success to the more modern day of the 21st century.
4: Heathen Chemistry (Released in 2002)
Noel said this was the second best album they’ve ever done, but he also said that about just about every single one of his albums so don’t take what he says is gospel; a motive which could actually be taken into action when it comes to this album too. There are great songs on this album, the likes of ‘Little By Little’ and ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ come to mind as well as another Liam Gallagher songwriter venture with ‘Songbird’, a simple but enjoyable ballad. It just doesn’t resonate with me well as an album simply because of songs like ‘The Hindu Times’ where Liam really shows his age and the damage to his voice, a shadow of his former self. The wheels hadn’t come off at this point, but the bolts were wobbling and didn’t look sturdy.
3: Be Here Now (Released in 1997)
This is one of the most divisive albums in the history of music, some love it and would go as far as to say that it’s right on par with the first two albums, if not better. While some call it the death of Oasis as a truly world class outfit, I prefer to side with the fence sitting category on this one for very good reason. ‘Be Here Now’ became the fastest selling album of all time when it was released, it had a hype unlike no other and singles to match the understandable excitement of fans and critics alike. ‘D’You Know What I Mean?’ is a serious rock anthem with great instrumentals and a cold blooded delivery from Liam on the vocals, ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘All Around The World’ showed the talents of Oasis off in the best way possible, brash and arrogant but also with a sensitive touch which can get a whole stadium singing. Yet, with all of this good, there is a specific moment on this album where you hear what I like to call “Oasis’ extermination”. Listen to the massive outro on ‘All Around The World’ and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Radiohead released ‘OK Computer’ in the same year as ‘Be Here Now’ and the world started to realise the power shift of sounds because Thom Yorke and the gang were simply just better than the Gallagher’s at this point. Case closed.
2: (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (Released in 1995)
The tough follow-up album eh? Always difficult to pick up the pieces and go again with a second album but truly great bands don’t suffer from this urban myth, and that is exactly the case with Oasis. ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ became an instant classic amongst listeners and boasted the band’s first number one with ‘Some Might Say’ but what the album is really remembered for is three particular slow jams that changed Oasis’ world forever. ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and ‘Champagne Supernova’ are three of the biggest songs of the 90s and all appear on this very album, they define a generation and are still bellowed all over the world today. Regardless of whether you like the songs or not, there is no denying that this album shook the world and proved Oasis are no one trick ponies, they had more than a core rock and roll sound, they could also warm your heart with poetic worldplay and four chord dreamers.
1: Definitely Maybe (Released in 1994)
The quite brilliant debut. This is the album responsible for defining a generation of British rock music, stacked to the rafters of cult classic anthems and ballads you can scream every single word to. It had five massive singles on it which demonstrated the sound of Oasis with impeccable fluidity, whether it was the slight psych-rock attitude of ‘Shakermaker’ or the sing-along suave of ‘Live Forever’. There was the complete care-free nature we all know and love here but it was rarely seen quite to this extent in 1994, the Gallagher brothers were cocky and abrasive but the nation loved them. Whether you like them or not, Oasis made a genuine era-definer here, one of the true greats not only of the 90s; but also of all time.