Wednesday, 25 March 2015

NEW: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - 'Ballad Of The Mighty I'

New? Well new-ish. Thought I'd better feature it before it's "newness" expires too much. I'm still enjoying 'Chasing Yesterday' the excellent second solo album from Noel Gallagher, which features the most recent single, 'Ballad Of The Mighty I'. The song also features Smiths legend Johnny Marr. "He just arrived with two guitars and a bag of effects pedals" says Noel, "And I have to say, he’s unbelievable. He’s way up there, on another level to the rest of us. The result is a burst of energy that helped make 'Ballad Of The Mighty I' one of the best songs I've ever written." This fine helping of shadowy power-disco provides another example of the interesting twists and turns and unpredictable chord changes that Noel wouldn't have even attempted in the 90s. Featuring some effortlessly brilliant guitar from Johnny Marr, it's a fine ending to a stellar piece of work. Read the full album review HERE.

The LP was produced by Noel himself: “I didn’t like it to be honest" said Noel regarding producing solo for the first time, "I’d taken it to my producer, Dave Sardy, who has worked with me for the last 10 years and for whatever reasons he couldn’t do it… I enjoyed the freedom with it but I didn’t enjoy managing the sessions. The end product is great but it was a pain in the arse,” he said. Noel described the album's sound as “very eclectic... You could take a pair of tracks and play them together and think, ‘fucking hell, he’s gone insane, what’s he done there’ but then you could take another pair of tracks and think ‘well it sounds like a rock ‘n’ roll album’” said Gallagher.

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