Buoyant second solo album from Liam 2.0.
4 stars out of 5
Listen up, our kid: ‘Project Rebrand Liam’ is accelerating in 2019. After his sensitive documentary, As It Was, in the summer, here his second solo album with premier league pop producers Greg Kurstin and Andrew Wyatt (who co-wrote Lady Gaga’s Oscar winning smash hit Shallow, no less).
It starts with recent single Shockwave, a sludgy glam cowboy workout which never really lands its lasso.
After that, it skyrockets. Styles far from Liam stomping ground suit him, like the Radio 2 pop of Now that I found You and the orchestral space drama of Gone. His usual references fare better with superior songwriters too. Meadow is prime Beatles-psych, done as well as Oasis ever did, while Alright Now is supreme ’70s Macca (with a fantastic piano riff).
There are a few other naff moments, but Gallagher’s voice carries everything, sounding fantastic, high and bright in the mix.
Review from Jude Rodgers for the current issue of Mojo.