There's a sense of boastful fun on "Hindu Times," Oasis' retracted 1st single from their forthcoming album, "Heathen Chemistry." "God gave me soul in your rock and roll, babe," sings Liam Gallagher in a fighting voice. His brother, Noel, provides the intermittent squeal of a guitar in front of the standard wall of thick rhythm guitar, and you know Oasis are back.
Unfortunately, "Just Getting Older" doesn't keep the freewheeling vibe going. The song is a tad maudlin for my taste, similar to the dullness heard on "Where Did It All Go Wrong?" from the last record. Noel sings (whines) in front of an angelic chorus in the background, which sounds a bit contrived to me. In my opinion, the guy should come to terms with his age by doing what he does best: rocking out, like on "The Hindu Times," rather than singing forlorn ballads about himself.
Finally, with its pleasant piano backdrop, "Idler's Dream" is a better song, but still too slow for Oasis, who don't always thrive on sentimentality. However, if the song "The Hindu Times" is any indication, the upcoming "Heathen Chemistry" could be a classic Oasis record, reminiscent of the days of "Be Here Now." Let's hope.