An Instagram post from Noel Gallagher last night teased at the release of a third studio album as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Expected at the end of this year, what might the new LP sound like? A middle of the road first album and a second album that features poor fillers ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘While The Song Remains The Same’, expectations are high for Noel to produce with this release.
Both Noel and his brother fall victim to Oasis comparisons, but what has been evident with the reappearance of Liam is that his sound is personal to him and as sharp as ever. What Noel must do is avoid sing-alongs like ‘If I Had A Gun…’ and ‘AKA What A Life’, which are nice for scenic drives down the M6, but hardly set your heart racing like ‘Lock All The Doors’ or ‘You Know We Can’t Go Back’.
These two songs provide an insight to the Noel Gallagher outside of the public eye. If I were to sit down with the man himself, with no notepad, and no microphone, I imagine an album on the side of those two and not the slow fillers would be more to his liking.
Alas, he seems to cling to a need to please as many people as possible. A makeup with Damon Albarn, the odd controversial comment against One Direction, and songs that could soundtrack House of Fraser, a League 2 football stadium airing on the safe side or feature in the playlist of a radio DJ just starting out and deciding anything more interesting is a bit of a risk. How long is it before all-seated arenas are swaying to his tune, glad of the legroom on the floor seats for their £45?
Noel Gallagher should take a leaf out of his brother’s book, his first single should pack a punch, force a decision for listeners whereby they either play the song 10 times a day or not at all. Get told off for swearing on stage at Leeds Festival, ruffle some feathers, make people hungry again.