One of the unavoidable truths of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds project is that the album sounds a lot like Oasis. Of course, this is a very good thing, as Oasis – it’s agreed – are brilliant. And what’s more, the album sounds like on-form Oasis. It’s Noel’s songwriting talent at its best and in The Death of You And Me, we saw a gleam of everything that marks him out as one of Britain’s most enduring talents.
Dream On, it has to be said though, feels like another retread of the stompy piano format of The Importance of Being Idle. And whereas The Death of You And Me – with its triumphant horn riffs – felt gloriously vital, Noel’s new single feels a little like a perfectly acceptable but overly-safe attempt to re-emulate it. For my money, album opener Everybody’s On The Run would make a far better single – emotional, big singalong chorus, it’s everything we go to Noel’s songwriting for, and it delivers in bulk.
Dream On is released on the 12th March.