Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, bring a familiar 60’s novelty to the forefront with Who Built The Moon? Gallagher’s third solo album showcases his ability to transform his traditional 90s’ stadium rock n roll anthems, into more psychedelic overtones.
Noel teams up with trip-hop and electronica producer, David Holmes, who contributes to this new dreamier and brighter pace familiar in his movie soundtracks. Although, the vocals and lyrics are unmistakably Gallagher’s, the overall energy is quite different from any of his previous work.
Following the layout of Oasis albums, the first track “Fort Knox” is a more polished instrumental intro than Standing on the Shoulder of Giants’ “Fucking in the Bushes.” Whereas, “Interlude ( Wednesday, Pt 1)” and “End Credits ( Wednesday, Pt 2)” are similar to “The Swamp Song” from (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? These three instrumental pieces may not be bare bone rock tunes, but they do bring a sense of enlightenment to the album.
Channing The Beach Boys, the first single “Holy Mountain” is the most uplifting and ambitious tune both lyrically and instrumentally. “She fell, she fell, right under my spell/ Oh now pretty baby c’mon/ She danced, she danced, right into my hands/ Oh now pretty baby c’mon/ Be my butterfly/ You and I will shake it/ We can roll in at the top of them all/ And if you feel the need/ I’ll send you Godspeed /To meet your maker at the break of the dawn.”
The fast tempo of “Keep on Reaching” is driven by its fleeting trumpets and throbbing drums. We continue to soul search with “It’s a Beautiful Word.” While, “She Thought Me How To Fly” is a comparable to “Don’t Look Back on Anger,” but with a spiritual spin.
A bluesy guitar riff and chanting back up vocals drive the alluring “Be Careful What You Wish For.” This tune could possibly be his version of The Beatles’ classic “Come Together.” The quest continues as we try to figure out what it all means in “Black & White Sunshine.” While, The title track “The Man Who Built The Moon” projects a cool trip-hop percussion and a layered deep seductive bassline. “We never should’ve left town in the first place/ Now we gotta walk like they talk in the rat race/ You keep your eyes on the prize if you want it all.”
The simplicity of “Dead in The Water” has an uncanny resemblance to the unplugged Oasis B-side “Talk Tonight” with Noel’s gentle guitar strumming and vulnerable chorus. “So don’t walk away love/ There’s never enough that could make me crash on the broken glass/ Let the storm rage, I’d die on the waves/ But I will not rest while love lies dead in the water.” The last track off of the album reminds us just how much Noel has evolved as a singer and songwriter.
Debuting at number one on the Uk Album Charts, Who Built The Moon? not only marks Gallagher’s 10th number one studio album as part of both Oasis and his solo efforts; this release also secures what we already know, that he has moved past the restricted walls of Oasis.
Who Built the Moon? is by far the most adventures compilation of Gallagher’s 20 year career. Similar, to Damon Auburn or Tom Yorke, he manages to reinvent himself with every release; he continues to write relevant timeless tunes, while introducing us to a new psychedelic state of mind.
5 Out of 5 Stars
Sour Mash Records