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Why Me? Why Not - Liam Gallagher: Album review

Being a fan of Oasis back in the day, I was excited to hear Liam Gallagher’s newest solo album – and it doesn’t disappoint.

The album begins with the energetic track ‘Shockwave’. The opening bar would have you believing you are listening to an Oasis track, especially when Liam’s distinctive vocals kick in. I love the harmonica in this track.

Second track, ‘One of Us’, slows down the pace and is absolutely beautiful.

It actually makes your hairs stand on end. It has a dreamy, gospel feel in places but is tinged with sadness as he talks about lost brotherhood; perhaps a message to brother Noel, with whom he has had a very public ongoing rift. This is particularly evident in the lyrics: ‘You said we’d live forever,’ (a reference to the hit track by Oasis) ‘You were only one of us’.

Track three, ‘Once’, is another ballad, which reminded me of the music of John Lennon (Liam’s idol.)There’s a bluesy/jazz feel to track five, ‘Halo’, while ‘Why Me? Why Not’ – the title track – is perhaps a reminder that he’s here to stay, as well as telling others to be strong.

Each track on the album is powerful and if you loved Oasis, you’ll love this. Liam’s on tour in November and the album is out now.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall

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