ALBUM REVIEW: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday

NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS ... Chasing Yesterday (Sour Mash Records).
NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS ... Chasing Yesterday (Sour Mash Records).

THE long-awaited second album by Noel’s post-Oasis band is the first he’s produced as well as written, and he’s done a good job, even if, as he claims, he was making it up as he went along.

Weighing in at just 10 tracks there’s no filler, and I’m happy to report it’s as good, if not better, than his debut.

It gets off to a solid start with the sax-inflected Riverman, and lead single In The Heat Of The Moment picks up the pace.

The one-two of The Girl With X-Ray Eyes and the swaggering Lock All The Doors are the album’s high points, though the jazzy, over-long The Right Stuff loses some of the momentum.

The groovy The Mexican and You Know We Can’t Go Back (the album’s most Oasis-like song) get things back on track, before the Johnny Marr-assisted closer Ballad Of The Mighty I rounds things off nicely.

Good album. 8/10. GW