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Album Review: "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" - Oasis's Timeless Anthem of the '90s

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

"(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" Album cover.  Artist Oasis.

Released in 1995, (What's the Story?) Morning Glory is an iconic album by the British rock band Oasis. It's an album that not only defined a generation but continues to resonate with audiences worldwide. Let's delve right into the band's best album.

From the first notes of "Hello," Oasis immediately grabs your attention. This album is a declaration, an invitation into their world.

It's not just an album; it's a snapshot of '90s Britpop at its zenith. It's also a testament to the Gallagher brothers' songwriting prowess and their larger-than-life presence.

(What's the Story?) Morning Glory is an album stacked with hits. From the anthemic "Wonderwall" and "Don't Look Back in Anger" to the raucous "Roll with It" and the swaggering "Champagne Supernova," this album boasts some of the most memorable songs of the '90s. The melodies are infectious, the choruses are massive, and the lyrics resonate with audiences on a deeply emotional level.

The album doesn't just rely on anthems. Tracks like "Some Might Say" and "Morning Glory" showcase Oasis' ability to deliver high-energy rock 'n' roll. Conversely, "Cast No Shadow" and "She's Electric" offer a softer, more reflective side of the band. The balance between the loud and the intimate is one of the album's key strengths. Even though Liam Gallagher's seem a little whiny at times, to me it works well with the soundscape of the band.

Picture of the band Oasis.

Liam and Noel Gallagher's combative relationship is legendary, but their creative partnership produced some of the '90s most enduring music. Liam's distinctive voice, with its sneering, rebellious attitude, is the perfect foil for Noel's songwriting talent. Noel's lyrics are simultaneously poetic and accessible, offering a sense of yearning and disillusionment that resonated with a generation.

(What's the Story?) Morning Glory catapulted Oasis to international superstardom and made them household names. It's an album that defined an era and encapsulated the spirit of Britpop. The album's influence can still be heard in the music of countless bands today. Even 25 years after its release, it remains a cultural touchstone.

(What's the Story?) Morning Glory is not just an album; it's a cultural phenomenon. It's a testament to the power of music to capture the spirit of a generation and transcend its time. Oasis' second album stands as an enduring masterpiece that continues to inspire, provoke, and move listeners around the world. It's a journey through the highs and lows of life, wrapped in a musical package that will forever remain etched in the annals of rock history.

Here is a rare video of the band recording the classic "Champagne Supernova".

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