Oasis is the only recent British rock band to make an impact in America, if you don't account for groups like The Corrs. Also The Progidy. The horrible musical decade of the 1980s came and went, and we were left with a bunch of arrogant baggy bands from Manchester that nobody really wanted to like. Then Nirvana happened. As we were all doing figurative heroin in tribute to Kurt, finally Suede and Pulp came and took the UK by storm, while here, we where nodding off after Kurt's death. Then came Blur, Radiohead, The Verve, and finally Oasis, what we always wanted. These were songs to get excited to and be inspired. No self-indulgent naval gazing. All about getting high, driving in a jaguar, feeling the sunshine, having an E.... Whatever. Definitely maybe. Noel Gallagher was the best songwriter since (insert name here). Liam was a god and the best frontman since.... Ian Brown!!! Noel was into The Beatles, The Jam, and Bacharach (?). Take a commercial or a Marc Bolan rift and there you have a great song. Number one, mate! For two albums, Oasis were the best, the greatest, and deserving of all our attention (now being spent on Monica Lewinsky!). But then came Be Here Now. Even those who were life-long Oasis fans, had to admit that OK Computer was a fine album. But all along we knew that Noel's B-sides were better than Blur's entire pretensious output. Now all us Oasis fans can walk down the street with a fist in the air, and a copy of The Masterplan in the other. We know damnit! The cover has a picture of Noel as a boy telling a bunch of music professors how to write a song. With the exception of "Swamp Song" and a Beatles cover, this album is nigh perfect. It rocks and has the rightgeous tunes that makes me forget how painful it was to listen to Be Here Now with a straight face.