Fourth studio album by the Mancunian indie-rock act, and the first on their own Big Brother label. Most of the guitar/bass parts on the album were played by Noel Gallagher, as it was recorded at the time of a lineup reshuffle. The singles,'Go Let It Out' and 'Who Feels Love' are included.
With Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
, the self-professed "biggest rock & roll band in the world" continue their exploration of great British rock of the late '60s. Paying homage to heroes is one thing, but many of Standing
's best moments sound like their icons' low points. This is Oasis, however, and they do pull some stunners out of their hats. "Gas Panic" and "Where Did It All Go Wrong?" demonstrate the command of catchy hooks and epic anthems that powered their classic first two albums, Definitely Maybe
and (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Elsewhere, their influences are more obvious. The psychedelic "Who Feels Love?" is George Harrison in full Eastern mystic mode, complete with sitar, tabla, and tape loops. The rocker "Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is" has the strut and stomp of vintage Doors and Rolling Stones, but is ultimately let down by weak wordplay. Liam Gallagher's "Little James," a paean to paternal love, also contains some laughable couplets ("You live for your toys, even though they make noise"). Still, Standing
is a definite improvement over its 1997 predecessor, Be Here Now
. For real proof that Oasis resurrected Britpop in the '90s, newcomers would do well to investigate Definitely Maybe
and (What's the Story) Morning Glory? --Rob Burrow