The former Oasis frontman makes his solo debut.
What wouldn’t we do for an Oasis reunion? The Brit Pop flag bearers disbanded in 2009 and have left a void in pop music. While each of the Gallagher brothers went on to pursue their own separate projects, nothing could hold a candle to what they had achieved together. Though Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds did put out some good music, it was very different from his work in Oasis. On the other hand, Beady Eye, Liam’s band with the remaining members of Oasis failed to make any significant impact.
However, there’s good news for fans of the band. Brit Pop’s most recognisable voice, Liam Gallagher is all set to release his debut solo record. He made his live debut as part of a defiant fundraiser for the victims of the Manchester attacks. The set was ripe with Oasis classics, and Liam Gallagher seemed refreshed, with his voice sounding better than it has in years. He ended the set with an acapella version of ‘Live Forever’, as a tribute to the 22 people who lost their lives in the Manchester attacks.
The very next day after, his first single as a solo artist, ‘Wall of Glass’ was released. The song very quickly surpasses all the work he’s done with Beady Eye. ‘Wall of Glass’ truly gives Oasis fans something to cheer for. While the song is ripe with nostalgia, it’s also a very modern-sounding production, with heavily compressed drums and really cool harmonica part going over the guitars. The backing vocals during the chorus add some sonic depth as well, ensuring that music sounds anything but dated.
Of course, the Oasis comparisons are unavoidable, but Liam Gallagher seems determined to express his own voice as an artist. He’s a man with a point to prove, with his brother being the more successful one after the demise of Oasis. With ‘Wall of Glass’ out, it’s easy to be optimistic and excited about the release of the full album. Will it live up to the hype? Well, I certainly hope so.