|1. D'You Know What I Mean?|
|2. My Big Mouth|
|3. Magic Pie|
|4. Stand By Me|
|5. I Hope, I Think, I Know|
|6. The Girl In The Dirty Shirt|
|7. Fade In-Out|
|8. Don't Go Away|
|9. Be Here Now|
|10. All Around The World|
|11. It's Gettin' Better (Man!!)|
|12. All Around The World (Reprise)|
'The Greatest Thing Ever' on it's release soon evolved into 'A Misguided Overblown Epic'. Not surprinsingly, it fits pretty neatly between the two. The dross on here is simply pedestrian; nothing on here will make you want to throw the disk away. The songs are too long ('Magic Pie' and 'Do you know what i mean?' outstay their welcomes after the 8th guitar refrain!!!) and the constantly huge guitars do seem to hide some pretty weak songs.
'Stand By Me' is wonderous and 'All around the world' and 'Girl in the dirty shirt' are defiantly celebratory. Though they come off as boorish morans in the tabloid press, the talent within their ranks shines through. And Noel has the best handle on fame that I've ever seen.
And this is where the album precisely suffers. Had some of the tracks been trimmed down in length -- or had been removed, altogether -- this would definitely rank right up there with their earlier classics. Quite a few of the enjoyable songs here *do* rank up there in the classic department, but, the same can't be said for the album as a whole. The typical oceanic wall-of-sound brought on by the maximum electricity-filled guitars is ever-present, and is very welcome, but some of the songs are just not very interesting.
For instance, heavy rockers like "D'You Know What I Mean?," "My Big Mouth," and "It's Getting Better Man" are excellent songs, and the lengthy natures of these are a welcome asset: getting lost in that smothering, dense, loud, electrified (and melodic) wall-of-sound is just a divine, transcendent experience, and made even better given that it lasts longer. This, is where the lengthy aspect works. The heavy, melodic and touching ballads "Magic Pie" and "Stand By Me" similarly share this same asset.Read more ›