- Audio CD (Feb. 29 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Explicit Lyrics
- Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
- ASIN: B00004OCFU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
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Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants Explicit Lyrics
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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
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But the Gallaghers don't get fazed. They go out and get two new members, Gem Archer and Andy Bell, and guess what? Now only can these 2 guys play(!), but the band becomes stronger thanks to the contributions of all members, not just leader Noel.
If Be Here Now was considered bombastic by people (let's face it, the album appeared strong and then was hit with the inevitable backlash by useless critics and bandwagon fans in the midst of Radiohead's overexposure) then Standing on the Shoulder of Giants is more of a grounding for the band, and most of the time it works damn well.
Did people expect this band to keep putting out Definitely Maybe or Morning Glory? Seems Oasis just can't win when it comes to the press and critics and some fickle fans.
Standing... opens strongly with something very different: an instrumental track centered around a funky big-beat rhythm, punctuated by humerous quotes from Message to Love, the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival documentary. This goes nicely into a solid single, Go Let It Out, which is everything I wanted in a new Oasis single in 2000.
The next track is Who Feel Love?, which sounds like it should have been named Hindu Times instead, with its mystical feeling. Still, a great song, and it sounds even better live. Just pick up Familiar to Millions to hear the song sped up and sharper. Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is is one of the weaker songs on the album by far. It has a jumpity rhthym but doesn't really go anywhere.
Little James is Liam Gallagher's first songwriting credit, and it's an ode to his beloved stepson. It's catchy and pleasant, a nice song.
The rest of the album, save for the underwhelming I Can See a Liar, is very strong. Gas Panic! is a paranoid number about drugs and a friend and it settles into a groovy quasi-jam complete with a mind-bending sequencer (which sounds even stronger live). Noel Gallghers takes up vocal duties for two of the best tracks on the record: Where Did It All Go Wrong?, which features a brilliant chorus by Noel ("And I hope you know...") that's catchy and passionate and the beautiful Sunday Morning Call, an ode to a troubled friend (Liam?) It features a more somber Noel and a quiet, reverent backing band.
The last track is a shorter, sweeter, more gospel-y "Hey Jude" track than Be Here Now's All Around the World (which was famously cited as being too too too long). Roll It Over is a Blues-y, Gospel-y number that starts with a slow, steady rhthym and some great vocals by Our Boy, Liam.
If you liked Oasis before you should give them credit for everything in the past couple of years. From losing 2 members to nearly splitting up during a tour ruckus in mid-1999, this band has come back and put out quality product. They had Standing in 2000, Familiar to Millions, a highly recommended live album that appeared in late 2000, and now Heathen Chemistry. All of this including playing plenty of shows every single year.
Standing is not any of the 3 previous albums. It's Oasis in transition, rocking as well as ever and always looking forward to the future.
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