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  • Audio CD (April 7 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B001SGEULU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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At their career zenith, Oasis were lauded as the best band in the world. They were actually never the greatest rock & roll band at any time, but for a few years they were the biggest. While they offered the '90s two of its most defining albums, and a resurgence of '60s-influenced Manchester rock, Oasis tumbled off the top of the mountain in the last half of the decade. Heathen Chemistry is their first step back up the ascent, albeit a small step. The album opens with "The Hindu Times," which will certainly be listed among Oasis's best anthems, and it closes with "Better Man," a distorted-guitar-driven thrill that revs up to 60 mph in second gear. But between the strongest songs on the disc, Noel "Walrus" and Liam "Eggman" Gallagher exploit the Beatles references almost to the breaking point. It's no secret that the Gallaghers worship the Beatles (who doesn't?), but here they've gone beyond obvious influences and stepped right into infringement territory. On "Born on a Different Cloud," Noel's guitar weeps a little too gently, and Liam's signature rasp now sounds like a deliberate imitation of Lennon with a cold. Further, Liam shares the mic with Noel, who sings lead on several tracks, the best being "Force of Nature." Unlike on Beatles albums, however, the switch back and forth is jarring (Liam might be the biggest troublemaker, but he is also the better singer). Nonetheless, if a band is going to unapologetically rip off what was unquestionably the best band in the world, no one does it better than Oasis. --Beth Massa --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By B. Anderson on July 3 2004
Format: Audio CD
Heathen Chemistry may just be Oasis's most consistent album. Every song is enjoyable to listen to, and the the album flows extremely well. For those of you who think this album doesn't rock enough, you obviously don't know what your talking about. "Hindu Times" is one of their best songs, and it contains some great guitar playing by Noel. In fact, the first three songs on this album all rock. "Force of Nature" and "Hung in a Bad Place" are some of there more underrated rockers. Another great rocker is the closing number "Better Man", which obviously has some influence from John Lennon. Also, after listening to "Born on a Different Cloud", I was amazed at how much Liam sounds like John Lennon, and I now feel that that song is a tribute to him. This album is highly critized because of sounding too much like the beatles, but I do not think that is a bad thing. In fact, Oasis through out their career have been bashed by many critics for ripping off the beatles. Here's a news flash for everybody, almost every band today has ripped off the beatles in one way or another, and I still fail to see how Oasis is any different than any other band. Noel and Liam are great song writers and they can play great music, even if they sometimes sound a little like the beatles. Now back to the album, the rest of the songs on this album are just as stong as the ones already mentioned. "Stop Cryin Your Heart Out" is a beautiful ballad. "Songbird" and "She is Love" show Oasis on a more accoustic note, and even show flashes of country. Overall, this album is a must buy for any Oasis fan, and I do feel that this album may help the band find their old magic again. I can't wait for their next album.
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By Jeans Yoder on June 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
There's no reason to hate oasis, it's just that people got so sick of hearing wonderwall, that they forced themselves to hate them. Now anything new that comes out is overshadowed in the one hit wonder crap that gets their 2 months of airplay and then fades. At least that's the case in the states. In England, hell, the country can't get enough of this band. Maybe I should move there b/c I love the band.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Oasis's 5th album is an impressive return to form.
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 on this one, and important that they have made a return to form also.
Many songs on this album are good, very good as the Hindu Times shows, which without a doubt is as good as many of their other songsof Whats the Story...... and Definitley Maybe.
Anyway heres a rundown of how good the songs are, and note that alot of these tracks are compared to the songs off their first two albums and The Masterplan(as they should be), which are the best and only good Oasis CDs so far.
1. The Hindu Times - This is Oasis at its best.
2. Force Of Nature - 10/10
3. Hung In A Bad Place - 10/10
4. Stop Crying Your Hear Out - This is a very very good song, and is two steps away from being as good as Wonderwall, but there are'nt enough electric guitars in it, which their should of been and even if their were the song would not of been the same but better, its good but not great compared to "Live Forever" and 'Wonderwall"
5. Songbird - Its listenable, but the lyrics are stupid and it should not of been on the album, its songs like Songbird and She Is Love that let this album down alot.
6. Little By Little - This is really close to being as good as Don't Look Back in Anger, and even though it is'nt, its really brilliant, one of the best songs of the album and one of their best songs too.
7.A Quick Peep - All instrumental, really good.10/10
8. Probably All In The Mind - Its almost there, the guitars could of been alot louder than they are, it could of been a much better song.
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