Joe Bosso says: When was the last time you heard an album that was truly engrossing from beginning to end? On his much-yearned-for solo debut, Noel Gallagher packs his hook-savvy proclivities into 10 wondrous tracks that run the gamut from horn-flavoured Americana to psychedelia to gritty rock-stomp and turns the whole thing into a poignantly human experience.
When he borrows - a little T. Rex here; some Phil Spector there; splashes of Fab Four here, there and everywhere - he does so with artful flair. But originality rules on High Flying Birds, and the transfixing, soaring If I Had A Gun is an instant classic that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Gallagher’s Oasis-era benchmark, Wonderwall.
Listen: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - If I Had A Gun