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(What's The Story) Morning Glory

Oasis

1995

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(What's The Story) Morning Glory
Album Summary

(What's the Story) Morning Glory? is the second studio album by English rock band Oasis. Released on 2 October 1995 by Creation Records, it was produced by Owen Morris and the group's guitarist and main songwriter Noel Gallagher. The structure and arrangement style of the album were a significant departure from the group's previous album Definitely Maybe (1994). Gallagher's compositions were more focused in balladry and placed more emphasis on "huge" choruses, with the string arrangements and more varied instrumentation contrasting with the rawness of the group's debut album. Morning Glory was the group's first album with drummer Alan White, who replaced Tony McCarroll (though McCarroll still appeared on the album, drumming on the track "Some Might Say"). The record propelled Oasis from being a crossover indie act to a worldwide rock phenomenon, and is seen by critics as a significant record in the timeline of British indie music. Morning Glory sold a record-breaking 345,000 copies in its first week in the UK, spent 10 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart. It was also the band's breakthrough in America, reaching number four on the US Billboard 200 and being certified 4× platinum there. The album yielded four major hit singles in the band's native Britain: "Some Might Say" and "Don't Look Back in Anger" reached number one, and "Roll with It" and "Wonderwall" peaked at number two; the latter spent a then lengthy 30 consecutive weeks on the chart during its initial run and emerged as the band's biggest selling UK hit. "Champagne Supernova" and "Wonderwall" reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. At the 1996 Brit Awards, the album won Best British Album. Over several months in 1995 and 1996, the band supported the album with an extensive world tour, which saw them play to among the largest audiences ever at the time. Although a commercial success, the record initially received lukewarm reviews from mainstream critics; many reviewers deemed it inferior to Definitely Maybe, with the songwriting and production particular points of criticism. However, allegedly because of perceived greater marketability potential over their Britpop rival Blur's simultaneous release, The Great Escape, the critical tone set for the album quickly changed in the eyes of the media. Critical opinion towards the album completely reversed in the ensuing months and years, with critics recognising its strengths and its "populist appeal". Despite the acclaim surrounding it being lesser today due to its intensive media hype at the time, Morning Glory is still considered a seminal record of both the Britpop era and the 1990s in general. The album has also appeared on several lists of the greatest albums in rock music, and at the 2010 Brit Awards, it was named the greatest British album since 1980. It has sold over 22 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. As of October 2018, it is the UK's fifth best-selling album and third best-selling studio album of all time, having been certified 16× platinum and selling 4.94 million copies. It was also the UK's best-selling album of the 1990s, and is currently the second-longest charting studio album in the UK, having spent over 500 weeks on the UK Album Chart.

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3.83

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  • Rock
  • Britpop
  • Indie

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

I've been doing these reviews for the past few months and it's been a decent experience. I've gotten to listen to albums that I haven't heard or learn about artists that I don't know much about. But the review process takes a lot. I always think about how I need more time. But, I've got my mind made up now. Funny in these reviews that nobody ever mentions the weather, but you gotta roll with it and when writing these, you gotta say what you say, don't let anybody get in your way. Like I said, writing reviews is arduous and often need more time. I think by now, I should've somehow realized they take a significant chunk of my day. Sure, the word is on the street that the fire in my heart is out. Enough said, I mean it's hard trying to start a revolution from my bed, but I really shouldn't put my life in the hands of a rock and roll band, and I feel no shame. Because there are people standing at the station in need of an education. Though it's hard, I can't help but feel that these reviews are taking my soul and stealing my pride. I just need a little time to wake up, need a little time to rest my mind. You know, the people who write these reviews, you and I, we live and die, I don't exactly know why. Regardless, not many special people change, especially in the rain... but I do remember where I was when I was getting high. ... I was in college and I was listening to this album.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

I went to a wedding where the French bridal party re-wrote Wonderwall to be the story of how the bride and groom met. Seven drunk French girls used google translate to write these new English lyrics then sang it to the entire wedding. It was not a good translation. Oh and I love this album.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

The upsetting thing about listening to this in 2022, is that I'm currently scooping human shit out of a plughole whilst it plays. Whilst normally I enjoy the chore, (why else would I shit there?), today it just fills me with an overwhelming sense of melancholy. It's the most mournful shit scooping I've done this year. I do look back in anger. I look back at all the shits I've done before. I mentally rank them in order of shade and size and I sigh. I long for 1995 when I spent my time shaving hairy children's back for cigarette money. Oasis were constantly playing and the world was largely more pleasant. WHERE HAVE YOU PUT MY COMB, DEIRDRE, YOU DUMB BITCH?

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

6 year old me, just getting into football after initially hating it, played and lost his first ever penalty shootout one evening at Beavers (almost entirely down to Daniel's pathetically statuesque performance in net - cheers Daniel). As the credits rolled on this tragic, so-near-yet-so-far defeat, the melody to Don't Look Back In Anger inexplicably started playing in my head. I didn't know the words, what it was called, or who it was by, but I tried humming it to my mum, who reckoned it might be an old song about flamingoes. Incredibly, when I unwrapped a CD-shaped present on Christmas Day that year, it wasn't the flamingo song but WTSMG. I was finally able to put a name to my glorious failure anthem. But wait! There's that Roll With It song that the kids at school are always trying to sing! I recognise this 'Wonderwall' tune too! And that's the story of my first ever album. It began a love affair with music and losing penalty shootouts that remains to this day.

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Sat May 27 2023
3

I told my girlfriend that I had to listen to Wonderwall today, and she laughed at me.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

2/17 Phenomenal album, I’ve been looking for this sound for awhile, and they brought it with a crazy production level. Standout Tracks: Hello, Roll With It, Don’t Look Back In Anger, Hey Now!, She’s Electric, Champagne Supernova

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Sat Oct 09 2021
2

Aggressive, noisy, raw. To start with. Slides into mediocre lager rock which is alternately boring and annoying.

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Sat Aug 28 2021
5

Le générateur est dans une très grande forme en ce moment. Des efforts à ne pas relâcher au deuxième trimestre.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

memory music. absolutely dripping in nostalgia and reminiscence. particularly with the ever degrading state of the world we live in its quite nice to look back on happier times. its mad how it outsold definitely maybe by 100% in the uk, its nowhere near as good as that album. it'd be nice to see oasis play again, but we aren't gonna get it thanks to noels rancid ego. he's a smarmy cunt and his solo stuff is beyond shite.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

I somehow went this many years in my life without really listening to Oasis. Or as I like to call them, Poor-Man's Sloan. (or as I like to call Sloan, Canadian Oasis, only better). Anyway, this is fine. Not as good as Sloan or anything, but it's alright. I don't know if it's because it's been a meme now for like 20 years, but Wonderwall is a shitty song. She's Electric is a really good song. Morning Glory may as well be a cover of REM's One I Love

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Thu Nov 03 2022
1

I do not like Oasis. They are a waste of precious resources. I did not listen to this album (that I’ve heard before anyway) and instead listened to the same album my listening pal got today (Bollywood movie soundtrack) Shalimar! I’d give the sound track a solid 3 stars. Indian music is not super familiar to me but I liked that you could hear a definite 70s vibe in the music. That disco-funk thing was universal apparently. As for this Oasis album, the Gallaghers can eat a dick. I’d give it zero stars if that were an option.

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Mon May 24 2021
5

OK, I'll be generous. The 5* is for Wonderwall alone really. Was always more of a Roses man, but the song writing is good here. It veers into sweaty, noisy lad territory, but I've been there, and they are Mancs, so there's yr fiver

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Fri Mar 03 2023
1

Liam Gallagher is one of popular musics absolute worst singers. Wonderwall sounds like a South Park character doing a Kurt cobain impression. His voice is devoid of any personality or dynamics. Thank god he at least sorta sings in key

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Such an amazing album. Really makes it connect how big they were in the 90s

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

Creo que este disco es como el suadero, corriente pero delicioso. Cínico pero honesto, Noel dice lo que quiere decir como lo quiere decir y pese a todas las fricciones, los demás están de acuerdo con ello. Ya no sueñan con ser una Rock'n'Roll Star, no quieren Live Forever ni se sienten Supersonic como en el primer disco, sino que Hello, están de regreso, van a Roll with it mientras dure y vivirán en una Champagne Supernova mientras el mundo despierta con plena Morning Glory. Hablan como gente común, tocan tan bien como pueden y ahí radica su éxito, le dan voz a lo que siente la gente normal. No es el disco más cuidado pero no necesita serlo y por eso a muchos nos fue más fácil identificarnos con lo que dicen. Songs: Champagne Supernova, Don't Look Back in Anger, Hello, What's the Story (Morning Glory

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Wow, what an album. Almost all the songs are great, and after i finished i kept on repeating songs. 5 stars indeed fav. song: she's electric

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

its oasis morning glory ofc its a 5 stars

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

This is the album that made Oasis a household name. And for good reason. It's an undeniable powerhouse of a record. There's not a bad track on here. Anyway, here's "Wonderwall."

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

The brothers' Gallagher just got everything right on this one. The full spirit of the 90s....including the nod to Gary Glitter in 'Hello'. Whatever happened to him? It was an exciting time and this album chewed up all that youthful spirt and hope and spat it out I our faces with a curled lip and million dollar snarl. This Britpop-tinged monster reminds us of a world that no longer exists. There will be loads of people reviewing this saying they only know Wonderwall and honestly, it's the worst track on it.

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Wed Jul 19 2023
5

One of my first CD's. Nostalgia through the roof so finding it hard to really be objective. Some of the more straightforward rock and roll tracks are maybe a bit bland but the more unusual sounding tracks were my highlights listening to it today. Pity they never really moved on from this sound and pushed themselves any more because they had all the raw ingredients to have a long and interesting career. This is probably harsh as they were obviously still incredibly successful but it's hard not to think of what could have been.

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Wed Jul 26 2023
5

Holds up. Hopefully I can still say that in another 30 years.

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Fri Sep 01 2023
5

What can I say? A fantastic album. A blast from the past. Before relistening, I was expecting to give it 4 stars, but now I’m convinced.

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Mon Sep 11 2023
5

You ever listen to an album and it's like: Banger! Banger! Banger! Banger! Banger!

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Sat Nov 25 2023
5

this one gets a lot of hype and to be honest, i agree with the hype. just a well made album overall, great melodies, a fun somewhat aggressive take on the britpop sound. i'd never listened to this one in full but knew a lot of the songs and i can say i will definitely come back to this one in the future.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Oh Yah! (What's The Story) Morning Glory is a fabulous album front to back. So glad to listen today!

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Tue Jul 18 2023
4

Oh, hello 15 year old me. Loses a star for the sheer unstoppable nonsense of the Gallagher brothers (so tedious), and, being brutally honest, there's some filler here, but what a ridiculously fine album this is.

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Wed Jul 19 2023
4

If you allow me to be indulgent as always… I was always Team Blur during the great Britpop wars but have grown to enjoy Oasis now the dust has settled, similar to the Bret Hart v Shawn Michaels debate of the sane era, being Team Bret it took to the 2000s for me to appreciate Michaels… …and similar to Michaels, Oasis are oft imitated and probably much more influential but Oasis still seem completely unique. This was a great album, I can see why it got so much hype at the time and can see too why it became such a weight round their necks thst they could never surpass.

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Tue May 16 2023
3

I've always thought this was a bit shit, having endured the Champagne Supernonsense herein since its pre-release tape. Asinine pub rock lad anthems with leaden production, the template for the rest of their sorry existence. So many stolen riffs and melodies make this a veritable Paul's Boutique of dad rock. 3* grudgingly awarded due to the presence of their last great tune Some Might Say, which is the only track on here to feature the original drummer. Perhaps he was the one with the talent all along?

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Mon Aug 22 2022
2

There are some nice, warm guitar tones throughout this album, and there's no question the songs are full of catchy pop hooks. But otherwise, there's not a lot of meat on this bone, at least to me.

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Mon Jan 04 2021
5

ok this is a classic, not anything I need to say about it. 5/5.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Awesome - classic after classic, it plays like a greatest hits.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Straight 🔥. Only one song is just ok. Everything else slaps!!!

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Oasis didn’t have to go this hard. But they did. For us. I know Wonderwall in particular gets meme’d on but a good joke always has a bit of the truth, right? I would definitely listen to this full album again.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

I like this album a lot. I had heard it before obvi, but it is just a bunch of solid songs one after the other and I don't think I ever have the desire to skip any.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

A straight up, meditative fucking vibe

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Klassikkokamaa, kenties jopa paras levy ikinä. Yksi niitä harvoja albumeja joissa kaikki biisit toimii. Kestänyt mainiosti aikaa vaikka julkaisusta yli 25v

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Great album, always loved it

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Yah it slaps, starting off strong.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Well it's time to listen to Oasis and their 2nd album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? I'm very happy to give this a listen and enjoy one of the great albums of all time. The first song Hello is one of my favorites and I love how it starts very quiet and builds into a great song with a catchy hook. I've spent hours and hours living in the world of this album. I've thought of movies I could make with some of these songs as a soundtrack. It almost makes me re-think the order of Brit Rock greats. Pulp is still #1. But maybe this album pushes Oasis ahead of Blur for the morning in my head. I own this album in digital format and on vinyl. It's become such a part of our culture and life, that it seems like I should be tired of it by now. In the past I've grown weary with Oasis and their brotherly squabbling. And their output after this album was a bit spotty until their eventual break-up. They had some great singles come about from later albums, but I believe this is the high water mark for this band. This was lovely to visit on a random Thursday morning and relive all the good feelings it brings about. Where things felt very possible in the 90s and these big hooks and choruses floated through all the moments my friends and I shared.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

I'm not sure I ever listened to this full album before. Super solid!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

I already know I love this album. My favourite Oasis album by far. It reminds me of the 90s and how I didn’t understand the visceral darkness of the rock and roll lyrics when I first heard them

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

i imagine this was a thrilling listen when it dropped. i surely enjoyed it.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

How could you not love this?

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Way better than expected. I think this album is a victim of its own success. It's such good music that songs like wonderwall, champagne supernova and don't look back in anger are essentially punchlines. The deeper cuts were more enjoyable than expected! I think this a really strong 4.5 and if I was being more critical about my 5s, I wouldn't give it one...but I'll let it squeak by this time.

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Fri May 28 2021
5

On my birthday I get this album!! One of my all-time favorites! I have listened this album all my life, it's been like a companion. I am no believer, but maybe this is proof that destiny exists. Masterpiece, there's not much more to say.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

One of the best albums ever released

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Beginning of Hello, I thought the whole album was just going to sound like Wonderwall, but then it has the weird cut and then went into a different but still good sound. As Emily said, unexpectedly good album based on the "meme status" of Wonderwall.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

I hated oasis when I was younger, but this album is fantastic upon relisten. Very happy this challenge got me to check it out!

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Really good, not quite perfect.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Brilliant! From track 1 to track 12 Even the B-sides are good. Easily Oasis' best album. Cocaine is a hell of a drug!

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Sat Jun 26 2021
5

A lot more rockin and bluesy than I expected. All killer.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

Big stuff. Until this album I'd never found music that really grabbed me, but this sold me on guitar and rock n' roll

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Album full of bangers. Not as good as the debut but only just

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Sat Jul 31 2021
5

The last great album by Oasis. Again, one for the snobs to pretend they don't like it but you can't fault the melodies. Just a great, great record. Best Tracks: Don't Look Back In Anger, Some Might Say, Champagne Supernova

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Wed Aug 11 2021
5

Anyway, here's Wonderwall. Joking aside, there are so many hits on this album. Don't look back in anger, hello, morning glory, champagne supernova! Very strong album and great encapsulation of the brit pop era

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Sat Sep 18 2021
5

What a great album, combines the positive aspects of britpop with some heavier guitars and stadium anthem like choruses

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Sat Sep 18 2021
5

Fantastic rock album. Cohesive, unique, has a clear identity, lyrics are good too. One of the last albums you could somewhat call a rock opera.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

This is coming home from college and raiding my sister’s new CDs. Good vibes. Good music, too.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

Seminal album for Oasis, almost a greatest-hits collection in itself. Great album, easy 5. I've said it on the last Oasis album and I'll say it again. I don't know how the 2 most miserable people on the planet can write such lovely songs.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

You know how sometimes you listen to music you loved when you were younger and it just doesn’t sound as good? This is not one of those albums. If anything, I can better appreciate just has lush and layered this album is. It’s goddamned anthemic. Noel Gallagher’s songwriting is absolutely at its peak here. Oasis have never been the flashiest or boundary pushing band, but one thing they are is absolutely unique. No one sounds quite like them. There is not a single bad song on this album.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Literally every single one of my favorite oasis songs are on this album. What a classic banger of an album. Even if wonderwall is overplayed it’s still good and I love champagne supernova, it’s been my alarm in the morning for years. Fav songs: literally no skips

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

was going to be all objective with this, but to be honest it's still a stone cold 5

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

One of my favorite albums of all time. I've seen Oasis live twice, thank goodness before they broke up. I know it's suggested that they're derivative of the Beatles, but I think they are much, much more influential and talented than that. They have a sound their own, a masterful attitude of rock and roll, and the ability to craft songs that play in clubs and arenas. Their work is suggestive of the Beatles, but in a commemorative way. This album never lets up, either. It is one of the perfect albums of the 90s and all time; each song is fantastic. All killer and no filler.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

It took me (and the music press) a while to truly appreciate what an album this was. I've never owned it, but i've sung along to every song, danced (drunkedly) to many. For my generation, it's so important - even critical.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Man, this is an album with mostly hits, but the songs are actually great, and not just some shallow commercial music, although, I think, trough the grandness of their songs, they became commercial. Maybe, the best album by a band that transcended the underground, breaking like a fucking wrecking ball in the mainstream ears, the absolute kings of the britpop era.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

In Canada, the release of this album was almost like Beatlemania 2. I don't think many folks had been paying attention to the Britpop evolution that had already started (including Oasis' release of Definitely Maybe the year before) but they definitely wanted to anoint Oasis as the new Beatles. That's a bit much but this is a damn good album. Far less brooding than the rest of rock at the time, the upbeat tempos and sound are great. What I like about early Oasis is that you can hear a full band - lots of guitar and bass layers, along with drums and the occasional piano. That was hugely influential for how rock (re)evolved. Some Might Say has a great throw back rock sound (to the 70's) while Morning Glory is an excellent piece of rock reimagined for the 90's (grating guitar work is awesome). Noel Gallagher may be an asshole but he is a good songwriter. Don't Look Back in Anger (I think it's their best song) has some deep intelligent lyrics whereas the lyrics in She's Electric are cheeky yet still smart. The different styles show just how talented he is. Wonderwall may be overplayed but it is a great track. I'll always dislike Champagne Supernova but hey I don't like Strawberry Fields either - I guess I'm not much for psychedelia. Still, I can acknowledge its great musicianship even if it is not my kind of sound.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

I went into this thinking I was going to hate it. I've continued to listen to Definitely Maybe sporadically over the years but it's a long time since I've bothered with What's The Story. And maybe it is just nostalgia but I still really, really enjoyed it. So that's good.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Where to begin? I could write for days about this album but my little hand would fail me. Catapulted the best band from the 90’s into immortality. Not many bands can follow up such a phenomenal first album with an album bigger and in some ways better. But oasis aren’t like many bands they are fucking brilliant. This was bonehead in his prime! Also without oasis we would never have got to hear the beauty that was beady eye. Never forget that! Ive just champagne supernova’d all over my self.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

It's just full of hits and bangers, and a landmark album for Britpop and the 90s. Wore out this CD in my parents' 2002 Toyota Sienna. Special shoutout to She's Electric which is so damn good.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Awesome album. Lots of hits on here but generally I really like the sound they pivoted to in this album versus definitely maybe.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Fantastic! Hear it all aloud!

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

Loved this album in the 90's, still love it now. Nearly every track a classic. Supernova was my go to Jukebox pick, quality tune and long

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

A+ 10/10 absolute banger. The only negative are the two interlude type songs, but as a whole it really works together. Excluding those two interludes, any of these songs would be a top 10 hit.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

Liam’s vocals are spot on. How lucky to have this uplifting anthemic music when I was 23. For me the Liam’s voice sounds of stella, the white noise guitars of speed. The songwriting is exceptional, it’s like a greatest hits album - only qualm is I think it could have been produced better, the guitars aren’t quite right. But that’s me looking back 25 years this is a ***** classic.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

I can listen to this entire album anytime.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Wow … just WOW!!! I forgot how good this album is. And clearly I used to listen to it ALOT because it’s been at least a decade if not more since I’ve listened and I still remember most of the words. This album is banger after banger. Unlike other albums, I don’t have a song that I don’t like or only think is average. I like every single song. This has me rethinking my personal album rankings. I can’t believe I essentially left this album behind. It wasn’t even in my library. WTF??!!?? GREAT. FUCKING. ALBUM.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

What a bumpin' album. We've all heard the jokes about 'Wonderwall' or the greatest lyric of all time on 'Champagne Supernova', "Slowly walking down the hall...faster than a cannonball" (that's sarcasm), but putting all those aside, this album is simply a banger from beginning to end. 'Hello' is a terrific opening, capturing the overall energy and engaging feel practically all these songs have. 'Hey Now', 'Some Might Say' (A highlight for me, personally), 'Morning Glory' - this album is incredibly consistent, and one of those rare few where listening to it cover to cover is an absolute must.

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