Day 185: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

I’m finding it so hard to write at the moment, when all I seem to be doing is sleeping. But I’d rather write something sparse than slip into the bad habit of going days without posting. One thing I have done in a rare moment of consciousness is sign up for Spotify in search of new music, so hopefully this will result in a lot of new bands and albums discovered before my free trial runs out.

Today it was Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Now, I’m not an Oasis fan. Not that I dislike them, I just have no interest in them. I could pick maybe two of their songs out of a lineup, and simply haven’t bothered to listen to them beyond that. So this isn’t an idea I’d normally have on paper, but I heard the song “Ballad of the Mighty I” on the radio the other day, and I was surprised at how much I liked it. So I thought I’d give the whole album a go.

Chasing Yesterday is really good. Like I say, I’m still pretty amazed at how much I like it. One of the absolute last things I’d usually find myself listening to is a straight up rock n roll album. But here I am. It’s rock n roll alright, but also, I guess because it’s Noel Gallagher, it has a bleakness to it as well, which makes it just wintery enough to match the cold, harsh weather outside.

I think “Ballad of the Mighty I” is still my favourite song off it, but it’s also the one I’ve heard the most so far. I also like “The Mexican” and “In the Heat of the Moment”. I have the Deluxe Version going here, and I think the bonus tracks are some of the best stuff too, so don’t skip out on them if you can. Sometimes I think Noel’s voice sounds like Trent Reznor’s singing voice. Anyway, for a rock record I am enjoying the hell out of this, and highly recommend it to anyone who likes rock records.

(For the record we were asked the capital of something at trivia this evening. Only a relatively easy one – Canada – but it’s still a nice feeling to know that I know. I learned them all specifically so that I’d never be asked “What’s the capital of X?” and not know the answer.)

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