Single Review – Liam Gallagher – Wall of Glass

It is safe to say that in the immediate aftermath of Oasis, Noel had the most immediate success and gave the impression that it was Liam who needed Oasis and needed Noel. The second and subsequently last Beady Eye album from 2013 was by no means a bad effort however and Noel hardly set the world alight with his second solo effort Chasing Yesterday. For his first solo effort, Liam has enlisted the expertise of Greg Kurstin who has worked with everyone from The Shins, Beck, Tegan & Sara, Kendrick Lamar to Adele. Though primarily a producer, Liam has also had Greg in as a co-writer for his new single ‘Wall of Glass’. To my surprise, this track sees Liam shake off the relative obscurity of the last few years and find his quality again. Greg has set Liam in a familiar setting of shredding and ringing guitars, but adds sharpness, bluesy highlights, professional backing vocalists and a driving beat that feeds a keen sense of rhythm in the song. It is punchy and is tailored to Liam’s swagger. Unlike with Beady Eye, these vocals aren’t left in isolation and so sound as rich as they’ve ever done. The lyrics aren’t anything spectacular, but again they are tailored to Liam’s vocal strengths and his attitude on show. There is even a subtle sense of depth with this track with parts falling away and building to a bold fruition. It isn’t going to be track of the year, but it’s a damn good song which for Liam, was removing the shackles of Oasis and doing what most artists do; bringing in proven success. 

Owen Riddle

This Weeks Music Video with Adele, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Idris Elba), Last Shadow Puppets, Wild Beasts, Mitski, Yeasayer and Deerhoof


This Weeks Music Video with Adele, Florence + The Machine, Grimes, Savages, Duran Duran & Smashing Pumpkins

Single Review – Adele – Hello

Perhaps one of the most hyped tracks of the year has arrived as the wait for new material from Adele is over. Her new track ‘Hello’ is from her third upcoming third album 25 out on November 20th. The new track ‘Hello’ opens with the soft, nudging piano chords that naturally accompany her vocal capabilities  in what is very familiar territory. The song then goes on to grow and expand into a chorus of power and penetration from her vocal kick and whilst this demonstrates what she can do, but it does feel very typical musically. It is typical of most pop ballads and you feel like she is a little bit better than that and it detracts for the vocal focus a bit whereas the music of 21 was more complimentary. We can only see what comes next.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Sam Smith – Writing’s On The Wall

With the next instalment of James Bond on it’s way the theme song for Spectre is Writing’s On The Wall by Sam Smith. The track has the typical Bond features with the orchestral instrumentation which is the sole contributor to the music here. Sam’s vocal ability here is undeniable from the moments of power to the delicate falsettos and I can see how it might fit into the whole Bond theme despite venturing into cheesy ballad territory at times. It is perhaps not different enough to Adele’s effort in terms of the musical arrangement and this limited his vocals at times, but a solid track nonetheless.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995