REVIEW: Don't Believe the Truth by Oasis sucks dookie cigars

Posted by Al Barger on July 01, 2005 12:54 AM (See all posts by Al Barger)

Don't Believe the Truth if you don't want to, but the new Oasis album sucks dookie cigars. Indeed, this may be the least interesting new music product I've heard all year, though in fairness I should note that I haven't yet heard the Coldplay album.  This makes that crappy Now 18 album I was mocking last week sound almost good. At least "Over and Over" has a hook, even if it doesn't go anywhere.

I'm not picking up even one decent hook on this entire frickin' piece of album product. I'm listening to the record right now as I'm writing, and I'm having trouble remembering how the songs go even while I'm listening for the severalth time.

Oasis have often been accused of stealing from classic 60s rock bands, particularly the Beatles and Stones. Maybe that's been true on some of their records, but it's not really the case here. If you're looking for it, you might hear TWO notes of "Street Fighting Man" in the single "Lyla," but that's not much, nor worth the effort. There's not much else specifically identifiable from anywhere else that jumps out.

Would that they were nicking the Beatles, that might start you off towards somewhere interesting. Instead, the whole sound of this record is just a mushy handful of flavorless nothing. This is one of the most precisely generic "rock" albums going. You might broadly take it to represent some median mediocrity of mid 60s British rock styles.

But that's more consideration than this indistinguished and unmemorable pile of nothing deserves. It's not really distinctive enough in any way to say where it came from, and who cares?

To end on a more positive note, Noel Gallagher's recent comments on the upcoming Live 8 concerts and the self-importance of pop star activists were MUCH funnier and more memorable than this album. Speaking truth to deludees of grandeur, Noel Gallagher said:

"Correct me if I am wrong, but are they hoping that one of these guys from the G8 is going to see Annie Lennox singing 'Sweet Dreams' and think 'f**k me, she might have a point there'?"

"Or Keane doing 'Somewhere Only We Know' and some Japanese businessman looks at him and says 'we should really drop that debt, you know?"

"It isn't going to happen is it?"

God bless Noel Gallagher's homely hide.


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