Liam Gallagher sneered 'I'm a rock and roll star', Noel Gallagher gloated that Oasis were the best band in the world. Both were so convincing, we all believed them. The sheer audacity of the Gallagher brothers to self-proclaim themselves as rock's kingpins shook the very foundations of the music industry in the mid 90's. The stage was set, Oasis had arrived with a loud bang. 'Definitely Maybe' was to complete what the Stone Roses had only managed in the UK, hard-edged sons of Manchester unleashing rock and roll fury on the music world. Their debut is ear-piercing, brazen, and seeping with arrogance, hailing upon the spirit of the rock gods for a pure and distilled brand of rock and roll. Noel Gallagher and Bonehead sets the mood with brash lead/rhythm guitar-riffs, equal parts classic rock, glam, and garage-rock, making for a raw crunchy guitar wall-of-sound. Just like crackling thunder, primal and spine-chilling, powerful yet jolting. But at the sametime non-threatening and palatable, arms held high and swaying, a tribute to rock's icons, a homage to jukebox anthems, a collective call to arms for voices raised in song. Liam's vocals are like some swashbuckling rogue, more swagger than substance, more attitude than emotion, self-assured and cocky...which is basically the essence of rock itself. 'Definitely Maybe' is an admirable blend of sheer bloody-mindedness, subtle seduction, and unsettling yet infectious guitar prowess/energy. This CD endures only because rock's flame continues to burn, and every so often, we need a reminder the beast is merely lying dormant waiting to be unleased again.