Don't believe the backlash, and believe the hype, Be Here Now is monumental. Seventy-three minutes of musical marathon is exactly what the Gallagher Bros. wanted to do after reaching the pinnacle of popularity with Morning Glory. Oasis still has a huge cult following and the true Oasis fans know they are the best rock band of this generation. Be Here Now is massive, plain and simple, and the songs take you through a roller-coaster ride. The opener "D'You Know What I Mean?" sets the tone and the rest of the album feeds off its strength. The hard rockers, "My Big Mouth", "I Hope, I Think, I Know", "Be Here Now", and "It's Gettin' Better (Man!!)", are spaced out throughout the album to provide an up-down tempo pattern. The mid-tempo rockers include Noel sung "Magic Pie", "Fade In-Out" with Mr. Johnny Depp on slide guitar, and "All Around the World", the latter of which is nine minutes and twenty seconds long and one of the most ambitious songs to date. Then there are the ballads "Stand By Me", "The Girl In the Dirty Shirt", and "Don't Go Away", all three are great, the hook in "Dirty Shirt" is amazing and infectious. The other track is the final track on the album, "All Around the World Instrumental" that ends with Noel's footsteps walking down a hall, and ending with him slamming a door shut, very symbolic as it was the end of an era for Oasis, as they entered into a more grown-up and musically talented stage. Any way anyone looks at it, Be Here Now is a phenomenal album, and Oasis living the rock and roll dream at the peak of their popularity. Any music lover will appreciate it's grandness.