Review written by Rachel Geiger
For the most part, all that Oasis’s debut album Definitely Maybe achieved was putting the 90’s rock band on the map. The album was an unintentional concept album that the two brothers made about desperately wanting to be rock stars. The second album is more of a nostalgic look on life. Released in 1995, it may not be obvious why this album is relevant at all anymore. However, Oasis is known as one of the top British rock bands to come out of England. They were able to become successful not only in their hometown, but also in the United States as well. This is an important album that pretty much everyone needs to listen to. It has different elements, both lyrically and musically. The brothers are far from being unique but they are influential nonetheless.
Oasis was clearly inspired by different artists and genres. The most notable influence being The Beatles which is most prominent on “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” which is similar to John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Despite the fact that Oasis really isn’t that deep lyrically. the music and riffs created by Noel Gallagher is what makes songs like “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova” stand out. Oasis didn’t become as big as The Beatles or The Rolling Stones in part to their lack of being able to produce album after album that’s filled with memorable songs. The band had seven studio albums. Die hard Oasis fans may or may not argue with me with this statement but only the first two albums were high quality and extremely well known. My point is, they were unable to keep producing hit albums, part of this is due to the brothers not being able to agree on anything. This album is the one that fans frequently return to and it’s the one that I personally recommend that everyone should listen to fully at least once.
I didn’t realize that Noel Gallagher did so much on this album. These are his credits on this album: composer, piano, guitar, producer, vocals, and a few other important roles. His brother Liam wasn’t so involved on this album, his only contribution being vocals. To his credit, Liam has a distinguished and an all around great voice. His vocals have gotten stronger on this album which also shows the overall growth of the band. Despite the fact that the album is an old one, it’s a memorable one. Oasis was an important band that came out of the Britpop 90’s era and they will always be remembered for that.
Best Tracks: She’s Electric, Wonderwall, Cast No Shadow, Champagne Supernova, and Don’t Look Back In Anger.