I had my reservations before buying this cd. If you're reading these reviews, maybe you feel the same. It was rumored to be the weakest of Oasis's career. I'd heard dark reviews of an Oasis gone all "experimental," and the magic of their early years depleted. The ten-second snippets I was allowed to hear on the BMG music club site didn't reassure me, and the title and album cover seemed so pretentious. But I ordered it anyway, trusting the band that had first gotten me interested in Brit rock.
With my expectations properly lowered, you can understand my shock when listening to it for the first time. I'll put it simply: SotSG is amazing. I'm picky in my musical tastes, and there are only a few bands that I'll say make albums good enough to listen to from beginning to end. Normally I have to skip some songs, but Oasis has always made albums great from start to finish. Standing doesn't have the catchy radio singles that made Morning Glory so revered, but it doesn't detract from the album at all. The songs are still excellent.
Oasis will always be a pub band; their albums were made to be blaring in bars, with songs surprising in their simplicity and appeal. If you haven't yet caught the Oasis bug, try out this CD. I still don't like the title, and the band shouldn't have changed their logo, but it's the music that counts, right? The disc is great, great rock n' roll. Moaning over the crummy state of rock music today? Check this band out.