Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday Review

Chasing yesterday is a careful combination of psychedelia rock, reverberating guitar solos and much to popular disbelief, a little jazz.

This is an album that hasn’t strived for obvious commercial success, but rather a profound statement of musicianship, baring nostalgia with the unearthing of ‘Lock All The Doors’ written in 1992, alongside the ever maturing writing of the former Oasis lead guitarist. Seemingly this album is the result of scraping together the finest trimmings in Gallagher’s lonely bank of songs over of the years, in a way reflecting early Oasis albums such as ‘Definitely Maybe’ which still to this day identify with a large group of young people.

Even after 20 years in the industry Noel has again proved to be a lyrical genius in what could be his most melodically hypnotic yet artistically challenging album yet. Also with production credits, Noel has taken old and new material to create an organic and very ethereal sounding record, whilst remaining artistically sensitive to changing landscapes in the industry. The ‘cherry on top’ to an already splintering album is  the menacing yet melodious presence of Johnny Marr on ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’ bringing the album to an almighty climax. Gallagher’s ability to grip the same hoard of fans present when he first graced the music scene is apparent, tipping ‘Chasing Yesterday’ as one of the top albums of 2015. 

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