Album Review: Liam Gallagher’s ‘As You Were’

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Four years after the collapse of his last post-Oasis music venture, Britain’s most outlandish rock ’n’ roll star returns with his debut solo album, ‘As You Were’.

After the success of his brother Noel’s solo career, the ex-Oasis frontman has a crack at his own. He does not disappoint. The album offers massive ballads such as, ‘Paper Crown’ and ‘China Town’ accompanied by guitar tracks; ‘Wall of Glass’ and ‘Greedy soul’. Sticking to the iconic Brit pop style of Oasis, helped by collaborators and pop producers Greg Kurstin and Andrew Wyatt, Liam Gallagher gives the fans what they want.

The larger than life Mancunian has returned with songs that are just as impassioned and full of attitude as he is. Lead single ‘Wall of Glass’ sets the standards high, with a a roaring chorus that only he could execute. With fantastically distorted guitar riffs, listeners are left optimistic for the rest of the album. Songs such as ‘You Better Run’ and ‘Bold’ all feel like they would be capable of blowing the roof off of any stadium and lighting up a festival.

Although the album has a good feel to it and there are some thunderous rock ’n’ roll songs on the record, it still doesn’t compare to the days of Oasis. It lacks the incomparable lyricism of Noel. Like Yin and Yang, the two brothers will never be able to create something as magical as they did with Oasis because they are two parts to a very powerful puzzle. 

Having seen Liam live recently it was particularly noticeable as songs from his new album and Beady Eye were murmured throughout the crowd by those who knew them, whereas the Oasis anthems were belted out by all in attendance! 

As a lifelong Oasis fan and someone who has been brought up idolising both brothers, I can promise any fan that this album is phenomenal and will provide you with all the big beefy Liam Gallagher-ness that was highly missed. Needless, it is a fantastic album from the inspirational rock legend and a must buy for any fan. But is it as good as Oasis? Never.