|1. The Hindu Times|
|2. Force Of Nature|
|3. Hung In A Bad Place|
|4. Stop Crying Your Heart Out|
|6. Little By Little|
|7. A Quick Peep|
|8. (Probably) All In The Mind|
|9. She Is Love|
|10. Born On A Different Cloud|
|11. Better Man|
Heathen Chemistry, although not yet a classic as What's the Story and not (in my opinion) as structured as Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, it still fits in nicely as the latest effort pulled out by the guys. What's to notice about this album is that only Noel and Liam are the only remaining members of the original band. Then again, they are the backbone of the band. It is obvious to any fan that the sound is much different than the first 3 albums though. It can be a good thing in some songs such as the "Hindu Times" which rolls through w/ much energy, and "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" which was somewhat of a recent hit and also in the movie "The Butterfly Effect" at the end. Another UK single, "Songbird" which rather short, was written by Liam. It should have been longer b/c it's a great song and very catchy.
Noel sings lead on "Force of Nature", "Little By Little", and "She is Love." Usually the songs he sings end up as B-sides, but can't forget his most famous "Don't Look Back in Anger" plus he did a nice job w/ "Where Did it All Go Wrong." Personally, "She is Love" should definately been scratched on this album. It doesn't really fit in w/ the sound of any other songs. Would have been a nice B-side that Oasis masters more than any other band of all time. "Force of Nature" is cool which shows some sarcasm in it. The last UK single, "Little By Little," is a great song w/ a nice chorus and good guitar solo. The video for LBL is sweet as well.
"Hung in a Bad Place" is somewhat of a filler, but still a great oasis song that ranks w/ any non-single they have. "A Quick Peep" is like the new version of the "Swamp Song" but just only over a minute. I'm sure they extended it somewhere down the line. "(Probably) All in the Mind" is a Beatlesque type song w/ a nice ring to it. Liam writes and sings "Born On a Different Cloud" This is his best song to date. "Better Man" also provides the album w/ a crisp new sounding oasis. The only thing that sucks is that they put a 30 minute gap until the hidden song. There's no lyrics and mostly just jumbled guitar play, w/ a nice drum beat and later on some kind of woodwind, maybe a flute. Anyway if you forgot to push stop, you'll eventually get to it.
You can bash oasis as much as you want for not putting out any u.s. singles since "Don't Look Back in Anger" but you shouldn't hate the music if you are an oasis fan. They are pretty much a whole new band, and actually for the better. Heathen Chemistry may not be the best oasis album, but it still is a great oasis album.
Overall the album falls short a fairway compared to their first two, but its good to see that Oasis have made a return to form... Read more