Sunday, 31 July 2011

New music: Noel Gallagher ? The Death of You and Me

Listen to Noel Gallagher's debut solo single and tell us if you think it sounds a bit .... like Oasis

The wait is over. We've heard younger brother Liam's ode to Oasis in the shape of Beady Eye's Different Gear, Still Speeding, now it's Noel's turn with the first single from his debut solo album, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Since Beady Eye's arrival, Liam has returned to familiar rent-a-quote mode to help pick up flagging sales (after 21 weeks, the album has only sold 138,908 copies), while Noel was quick to reveal details of the Oasis split at the press conference for his album. As ever, the hoopla surrounding the pair seems to be overshadowing the music but surely Gallagher Snr hopes this will change with the release of his first solo single, The Death of You and Me.

In many ways it's exactly what you would expect from a Noel Gallagher song: a pretty, Kinks-esque acoustic shuffle, creaky falsetto, rhyming "city" with "pretty" and "pity". But the chorus has a lovely melody and the New Orleans brass adds an element of the unexpected to a song that feels instantly familiar.

? The Death of You and Me is released on 21 August © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


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