Well, it couldn't have lasted forever, could it? After the bombastic, larger-than-life "Be Here Now", Noel Gallagher wanted to write a few more low key numbers. Thats all right. But there is no evidence of written songs on "Standing on the Shouldar of the Giants" has few songs, and even fewer memorable ones.
You shouldn't compare records, so I'm not going to. The problem with this record is how increidbly lazy it all sounds. "Put Your Money Where Yer Mouth Is" and "I Can See A Liar" try to harken back to the glory days of "Defintley Maybe" and "Morning Glory" but are little more than under written riffs with dumb lyrics, even for Oasis, and needless flourishes of synths. "Sunday Morning Call" is the worst "Noel" moment ever, a piss poor Neil Young rip-off. His other Neil Young "homage", "Where Did It All Go Worng?"(an all to appropiriate question)fares better, but since the two songs are placed right next to each other, you find yourself missing Liam, though he sounds less alive on this record then he ever has.
"Who Feels Love?" is a bad attempt at '60's psychdelic, as is "Go Let It Out", the lead off single for this travesty, which is little more than a head ache. And Liam's first attempt at songwritting, "Little James" fares better than much of Noel's compositions, though again the lyrics are so silly that its really tough to get into the song.
"FXXXXXX in the Bushes" is little more than a sound collage of lead guitar riffs over a trash can drum beat, but it gets the blood flowing, and the impressive "Gas Panic" lets the band, or what was left of them, rock out like a band. Noel's guitar work matched with Liam's haunting, nihlisitc vocals take the song from sketchy homage to classic rock status.
But by that point, you really won't care any longer. Gone is the fun, the bravado, the great songs, the anthems for all the average joes to sing along with. Namely, all that made Oasis so much fun to listen to in the mid-to-late ninties. Maybe Bonehead was the talent after all.