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Extremely limited edition double 180gm vinyl LP repressing of this 2002 album from the Britpop band. This vinyl reissue contains brand new sleeve notes. Big Brother. 2009.
At their career zenith, Oasis were lauded as the best band in the world. They were actually never the greatest rock & roll band at any time, but for a few years they were the biggest. While they offered the '90s two of its most defining albums, and a resurgence of '60s-influenced Manchester rock, Oasis tumbled off the top of the mountain in the last half of the decade. Heathen Chemistry is their first step back up the ascent, albeit a small step. The album opens with "The Hindu Times," which will certainly be listed among Oasis's best anthems, and it closes with "Better Man," a distorted-guitar-driven thrill that revs up to 60 mph in second gear. But between the strongest songs on the disc, Noel "Walrus" and Liam "Eggman" Gallagher exploit the Beatles references almost to the breaking point. It's no secret that the Gallaghers worship the Beatles (who doesn't?), but here they've gone beyond obvious influences and stepped right into infringement territory. On "Born on a Different Cloud," Noel's guitar weeps a little too gently, and Liam's signature rasp now sounds like a deliberate imitation of Lennon with a cold. Further, Liam shares the mic with Noel, who sings lead on several tracks, the best being "Force of Nature." Unlike on Beatles albums, however, the switch back and forth is jarring (Liam might be the biggest troublemaker, but he is also the better singer). Nonetheless, if a band is going to unapologetically rip off what was unquestionably the best band in the world, no one does it better than Oasis. --Beth Massa --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Heathen Chemistry, although not yet a classic as What's the Story and not (in my opinion) as structured as Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, it still fits in nicely as the latest effort pulled out by the guys. What's to notice about this album is that only Noel and Liam are the only remaining members of the original band. Then again, they are the backbone of the band. It is obvious to any fan that the sound is much different than the first 3 albums though. It can be a good thing in some songs such as the "Hindu Times" which rolls through w/ much energy, and "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" which was somewhat of a recent hit and also in the movie "The Butterfly Effect" at the end. Another UK single, "Songbird" which rather short, was written by Liam. It should have been longer b/c it's a great song and very catchy.
Noel sings lead on "Force of Nature", "Little By Little", and "She is Love." Usually the songs he sings end up as B-sides, but can't forget his most famous "Don't Look Back in Anger" plus he did a nice job w/ "Where Did it All Go Wrong." Personally, "She is Love" should definately been scratched on this album. It doesn't really fit in w/ the sound of any other songs. Would have been a nice B-side that Oasis masters more than any other band of all time.Read more ›
Overall the album falls short a fairway compared to their first two, but its good to see that Oasis have made a return to form on this one, and important that they have made a return to form also.
Many songs on this album are good, very good as the Hindu Times shows, which without a doubt is as good as many of their other songsof Whats the Story...... and Definitley Maybe.
Anyway heres a rundown of how good the songs are, and note that alot of these tracks are compared to the songs off their first two albums and The Masterplan(as they should be), which are the best and only good Oasis CDs so far.
1. The Hindu Times - This is Oasis at its best.
2. Force Of Nature - 10/10
3. Hung In A Bad Place - 10/10
4. Stop Crying Your Hear Out - This is a very very good song, and is two steps away from being as good as Wonderwall, but there are'nt enough electric guitars in it, which their should of been and even if their were the song would not of been the same but better, its good but not great compared to "Live Forever" and 'Wonderwall"
5. Songbird - Its listenable, but the lyrics are stupid and it should not of been on the album, its songs like Songbird and She Is Love that let this album down alot.
6. Little By Little - This is really close to being as good as Don't Look Back in Anger, and even though it is'nt, its really brilliant, one of the best songs of the album and one of their best songs too.
7.A Quick Peep - All instrumental, really good.10/10
8. Probably All In The Mind - Its almost there, the guitars could of been alot louder than they are, it could of been a much better song.
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I keep this short and sweet. There will be arguments of which Oasis album is best but this is in the top 3 (fact), In my opinion 2nd. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2010 by Ben Nicholson
Yeah yeah yeah....I know.... 5 Stars?!?!?! I must be crazy! Well, that's true but, that is NOT why I rated this album SO highly. The truth is, this is a GREAT album! Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by John D. Flores
This is a much anticipated album for people who go to Bang and Popscene on a regular basis. Or if you have picked up a British music magazine lately. Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by alexander laurence
The only song I thought was less than standard on this album was "Born On a Different Cloud." Other than that, it's a great Oasis album.Published on April 18 2004 by Ralph Ferdingstadt
This album is Oasis's best since Morning Glory, and their second best album to date. The tracks rock like only Oasis can, and the fact that Noel agreed to let other band members... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Thomas Bullock
Recently I've found myself reconsidering Oasis' last three releases, forgetting the Beatle references and considering them on their own merits. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by Ralph Ferdingstadt
After creating the masterpiece that was "(What's the Story) Morning Glory," Oasis seemed forever doomed to release albums that only, at best, hinted at their greatness. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Matt J. Craven
so after two pretty lackluster albums and quite a few break-ups and new members to the band. this album shows the creative and impressive side to this band. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by G
Okay. Here it is (you can ignore all the other reviews). Hindu Times is a good Oasis album. It is not great, especially when compared to earlier albums - reviewers might be... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004