CD: Oasis, Don’t Believe the Truth

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Every time a new Oasis record hoves into view, band, fans and sympathetic critics collude in the myth that all they need do is rediscover their Britpop Eden and the nation will once more sing along with one voice. It's this disastrous thinking that has reduced the band's concerts to bathetic exercises in 1990s nostalgia.

Despite such bad omens as the idiotic title and Liam's usual pugilistic pre-release blather, Don't Believe the Truth finally breaks the pattern. It's not a return to form, but a new form: softer, looser, even humbler, not a word one readily associates with the Gallaghers. Out go the dire, ersatz anthems and lumpy rockers; in come fruitful band democracy (Liam, Gem Archer and Andy Bell all share the songwriting load) and a mood of warm reflection.

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