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Definitely Maybe

Oasis

1994

Definitely Maybe
Album Summary

Definitely Maybe is the debut studio album by English rock band Oasis, released by Creation Records on 29 August 1994. Oasis booked Monnow Valley Studio near Rockfield in late 1993 to record the album and worked with producer Dave Batchelor, whom band member Noel Gallagher knew from his days working as a roadie for the Inspiral Carpets, though sessions were unsatisfactory and Batchelor was subsequently fired. It is the last and only studio album to feature all five original members, as founding member drummer Tony McCarroll was fired from the band in 1995. In January 1994, the group set about re-recording the album at Sawmills Studio in Cornwall, where sessions were produced by Noel alongside Mark Coyle. The results were still deemed unsatisfactory; in desperation, Creation's Marcus Russell contacted engineer and producer Owen Morris, who eventually worked on mastering the album at Johnny Marr's studio in Manchester. Definitely Maybe was an immediate commercial and critical success in the United Kingdom, having followed on the heels of the singles "Supersonic", "Shakermaker", and the UK top-ten hit "Live Forever", which was also a success on US Rock Airplay. The album went on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide and brought widespread critical acclaim. It went straight to number one in the UK Albums Chart and became the fastest-selling debut album in the UK at the time; it went on to be certified 8× platinum by the BPI for sales of over 2.4 million units. It also was successful in the United States, being certified platinum. The album helped to spur a revitalisation in British pop music in the 1990s, and was embraced by critics for its optimistic themes and rejection of the negative outlook of the grunge music of the time. The album is regarded as a seminal entry of the Britpop scene, and has appeared in many publications' lists of the greatest albums of all time. In 2006, the NME conducted a readers' poll in which Definitely Maybe was voted the greatest album of all time. In 2015, Spin included the album in their list of "The 300 Best Albums of 1985–2014". Rolling Stone ranked the album at No. 217 on its 2020 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Basic musicianship. Nonsensical lyrics. Derivative. Guitars are mud. Absolute masterpiece

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

summer of '94. I'm 17 years old. Word is out that there is a party in some blokes house down the road. I rob a bottle of vodka from my parents liqour cabinet. I go to the party and scoff the vodka in an hour and wash it down with a couple of cans of Linden Village. I go to the toilet but smash the whole toilet bowl (I'm still not sure how) and it floods the entire floor of the house. The cops are called and everyone flees. Some cop shines a flashlight in my face and I kick it out of his hand. He punches me to the ground and then he asks my name. I say "Mise Eire". He takes me down to my parents house and my parents put me to bed. I jump out my bedroom window (two stories up and I have a scar in the side of my arse too) and run up the village looking for a botle of vodka I've already drank wearing a baseball cap, a string vest and a pair of y-fronts. I thump the door of the house screaming "WHERES MY VODKA!!" at the top of my voice until my brother comes to my rescue. The day after I watched Oasis on Top of The Pops play "Live Forever" and I thought it was amazing. I'd seen them on The Word a week before play "Shakermaker" and I thought it was a bit shit. Got the album on a shopping trip with my mum a few days earlier and it became the soundtrack to that fortnight that I was grounded. Still holds up, definitely (maybe) their best

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Sat Jul 03 2021
5

I haven't had an erection like that since Michael Owen scored against Argentina in 1998.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

Stop being a snob. This album fucking rocks. One of the best debuts of all time. BT: Rock n Roll Star, Live Forever, Cigarettes and Alcohol

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Tue May 18 2021
2

Just find this boring, don't like Liam's nasal voice, don't like the stones meets beatles schlep. Can't even give it a nostalgia score bump cos this album doesn't have the hits.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
5

It's like eating, and then shitting out a metal belt.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
1

What a stinking pile of shit. Vapid lyrics, no clear single, and boring musically. The way the vocalist holds out the end of every damned line... its just awful. I listened to the album 3.5 times, once reading the lyrics. The band is muddy sounding and uninspiring. I know that they have good songs like wonderwall and don't look back in anger, but they are missing from this album. About the only thing good on this album is that they sampled Get it On by t rex on "cigarettes and alcohol." ...I took 5 mins just now to look it up and they are claiming this as their riff - so plagiarism. great. drops it from a 3/10 to a 2/10 - No good songs on the album, but some songs don't actively offend me. Maybe they meant to put their other album on this list and this was a typo?

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

I don’t think I’ve listened to any album more than I’ve listened to this one. (It was on my CD alarm clock almost the entirety of high school) thought I’d feel cooler on it having not listened to it in years, and having had no desire to, but I loved every minute of it and struggled not to sing along tunelessly throughout. An absolute masterpiece that comes close to justifying the complete and utter bellendry of the Gallaghers. I’m enough of a toss pot to honestly believe this is the second best Oasis album behind The Masterplan.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

Totally biased review as I love 90’s Oasis. And this is my favourite Oasis album and live forever one of my favourite songs. This album is so raw and generation defining so many great songs (mostly influenced/ripped off from British bands bands before them but hey it’s a fine line between influences and copying) , the only dud in my opinion is Digsy’s Dinner. A solid 5 star album which might upset some pretentious music snobs.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
1

Completely mediocre. Nothing to write about it. Quite a waste of time.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

Class-A assholes that are just the worst, but they sure could rock

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Thu Nov 25 2021
5

pube brilliance. best album in the whole damn world

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Though not as coherent as ‘What’s the Story Morning Glory’ Oasis’ debut is energetic and full of memorable songs. This band came on the scene knowing exactly who they were. Their sound is developed and their delivery is spot on

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Some good songs here, but haven't necessarily stood the test of time. Surprised to read how well receipted it was when it came out. Highlights: Live Forever

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Wed Jan 20 2021
1

1994 young beatles do rolling stones covers sooo... fucking irritating

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Thu Nov 11 2021
1

1/6 Repetitive 90’s wine rock A muddy mix. just trash overall

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Wed Jan 19 2022
1

Whether greedily chewing vowels like the filthy lucre they so desperately wanted, or trying to raise the dead with zombie rock poses, this may not be the worst thing ever, but it's veryyyyyyy faaaaaahhhhhh awaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy from the best.

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Wed Sep 30 2020
5

One of the greatest albums from one of the greatest bands.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
5

ok, this, this album right here is why I love Oasis. Morning glory, that album was fantastic, but it felt like top 100 songs over and over, THIS album though, is what i think of when I hear Oasis, this is rock, grungy, unapologetically harsh lyrics on some songs, and is fucking brilliant. I can't really find a bad song on this album, but some of my favorites are "Married with Children" "Slide Away" and "Up in the Air". fantastic album, it's one of my favorites that I can listen to at any time and feel good about it.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
5

One of my all time favourites. Defined a generation.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
5

Better than sliced bread. Unreal!! I mean c’mon what a masterpiece. Spackman the loon probably won’t agree though. 5* all day long and thrice on a Sunday!!

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Such a strong album from the 90s. Liam’s voice is so unique and great. The song writing from Noel is fantastic. The best worst duo ever.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

With this album it will forever be 21/22 year old me drunk on the dance floor of an indie club at 3am, a gin and tonic in one hand, a cigarette hanging from my lips, ready to take on the world. Forget the Britpop hype and all the other BS, this is a powerful band in its raw form. Listening back to it after such a long time I am struck by the fact it still gives me tingles up the spine. To me it really is a good album. Later one the may have disappeared in a pile of white powder and too much borrowed Beatles riffs but this a solid debut

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

very cool album, made me horny tbh.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Not the smartest or the most modest album by a mile in terms of lyrics and music, but it goes hard and strong full of great tunes. This and Morning Glory are near perfect albums, and their material afterwards was nowhere near good. Live Forever is probably my favourite song of theirs, though its hard when half of the songs on here match the same quality. Even the b sides on the delxue are really good, especially Sad Song, Fade Away and Whatever.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Generation defining awesomeness

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

I've been trying to come up with something in regards to Definitely Maybe but, what more can be said about this? A perfect storm of Mancunian circumstances that was ready to torpedo any and everything that moved, regardless of whether or not one was ready. A vastly different facet of Britpop that cared less about post-punk/new wave reminiscing and more about pummeling, piledriving good old fashioned rock and roll, Oasis were ready to pick up a new baton for those who were more inclined to having a good time and forgetting your ills. One of the greatest albums of the 90s? Oh, definitely maybe.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

5 It’s tough to put my feelings about Oasis into words. Like Luke, I want to save most of my thoughts for when (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? eventually shows up on here so I guess I’ll be brief. I love this album. This one grew on me over the years but songs like “Supersonic” and “Live Forever” have been permanent staples of my in-head jukebox since I first heard them. I still remember driving home from school and thinking “damn, I really like ‘Married with Children” or how I had the CD from the library for over 3 months past it’s due date (I’m still paying that fine off). Point is this is an important band and album to me. There are others that are more so by Oasis but this stands proudly amongst my all time faves.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

I think an apt comparison to this album is Pablo Honey. A young group still figuring out their sound and letting their influences shine a bit too much. There's a charm and the wall of sound guitar makes me feel as if I should be wearing my acid wash jeans. A good time for sure.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
2

Never really liked Oasis. The song writing is OK, but the stretching-out of the last syllables that are sung from the back of the nasal cavity just doesn't work for me. They are tight and Beatles-ish, but just not for me. 2/5

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Tue Apr 13 2021
1

oh HECK no THREE HOURS?!?!?!?!

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Thu Oct 08 2020
5

it's Oasis, it fuckin rocks. This and whats the story are just gold, plain gold.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

The soundtrack of my youth. Hard to compare any album to the ones you had in your car when you first passed your test. Still one of my all-time favourites.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

One of the best rock albums ever.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Liam's voice was something else. This is an absolute classic now. We knew it was great at the time right enough. Britpop FTW! ;oP

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

One of my all time favorite albums.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Solid from start to finish. A classic rock album.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

"We'll find a way of chasing the sun". Por fin me salió un álbum que ya conociste completo, aunque tenía tiempo que no lo escuchaba. ¿Y qué decir sino que no hay canción que me desagrade de él? Entre su sonido, las guitarras, los bajos, la voz (que no es bonita) de Liam, algunas letras. Fue bonito revisitarlo y escucharlo en orden, de su muy buena canción de apertura con ese toque de disco rayado hasta la grandiosa "Slide Away" que precede ese tranquilo final. "Up in the Sky" y "Supersonic" también son favs. No le doy el diez namás porque aunque me gusta, no me emociona al nivel para soltárselo. 9.5/10

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

I hadn't heard this oasis album before but I really like them a lot. Great album

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

WoW les guitares sont splendides, originales ça sonne comme rien d’autres. Je connaissais oasis comme tout le monde avec les gros hits, mais cet album la c’écoute comme du beurre dans la poêle de A à Z Je l’évite la dernière toune Est moyenne Je lévite l’album au complet pour ses guitares de l’espace , avec une cigarette et de l’alcool bien sûr

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Oasis was a big one growing up

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

I'm an oasis fan and this is their best album. No brainer

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Already heard it 27 years ago. It's a classic but it's all downhill from there. Saw them in 95 twice and they were great. Last time was Loch Lomond 96. Never need to hear any of their other albums again. But for a while they really were great.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Mi grupo de la pubertad, quizás su mejor disco pero no mi preferido. Es una obra maestra y redonda y de mis discos favoritos ever.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Wonderful album with some amazing songs. Columbia, Slide Away and Supersonic are as good as it gets from that era of music. Did I mention Shakermaker is shite?

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Sat Jul 03 2021
5

well that was a lovely trip down memory lane. i can completely understand why they got so big so quickly. this album is huge and they backed it up with the live shows and the swagger. love em or hate em you have got to give this album its dues. it was fucking massive 30 years ago and it still stands up today. on the subject of rip offs (of which there are many), to take something and make it so different is still impressive and as much as Noel is a closet tory cunt it desreves respect that all of these tracks are so undeniably oasis.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Just sensational, regularly listen to this. Slide Away is a fantastic song.

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Sat May 15 2021
5

favorite songs: Live Forever, Up in the Sky, Bring It on Down, Slide Away. very good album, I should really listen to more Oasis

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

How can they make such nice songs, but be such miserable people.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

Uno de los mejores discos de los años 90 y de la historia del Britpop. rock 'n' roll star, Live Forever, Supersonic, Slide Away y más himnos totales de la mejor banda de la historia: Oasis

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

Incredible album from front to back. There's something great about the raw sound to this record. Definitely has been in my rotation since it came out and I still listen to it to this day.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Disco debut al que se le puede pedir poco más. Están viviendo el sueño y no quieren ocultarlo. Reflexión sobre la fama y el origen (Up In The Sky, Cigarettes, Columbia?, Bring it) contra el vértigo de estarlo logrando (Rock'n'Roll Star, Live Forever, Supersonic, Shakermaker), cerrando con tres canciones sobre amor, hacen a este disco de mis debuts favoritos. Sin pretenciones, sin letras adornadas y directo, no es sorpresa que los dejara en un lugar, alto, muy alto, que sería la plataforma de lanzamiento para el éxito de su siguiente disco. Songs: Slide Away, Whatever, Live Forever, Cigarettes & Alcohol, Supersonic, Rock'n'Roll Star, Digsy's Dinner

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Ein Meilenstein! Ein Klassiker! Eine Legende! Ein gottgleiches Album! Nur Knaller Songs drauf! Mit Ausnahme von Morning Glory waren sie nie wieder so gut!

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

i’m a rock n roll staaaaaah

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Up there amongst the greatest debuts of all. Cigarettes and alcohol indeed!!!

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Great album all the way through, such a great sound and composition

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

One of those albums that anchors memories of the mid-90s for so many people. It's no masterpiece but never gets old.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

digsy's dinner is the best song from this album hands down

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Sat Dec 04 2021
5

Das ist rauh, unverschämt, unglaublich großspurig und brilliant. Ungehobelter als Morning Glory, ungestümer auch weil unbefangener. Besoffen von sich selbst, euphorischer weil das Koks noch als Luxus geschätzt wurde und nicht normal war; man hört den unbedingten Aufstiegswillen. Das Un-Album, fällt mir gerade auf. Und unartig es ist, un-arty übrigens auch noch. Geiles Schlagzeug übrigens, von mir aus hätte Tony Carroll das ewige Maskottchen bleiben dürfen.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

What happened to the Gallaghers but thank god they do what they do

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

One of the best debut studio albums out there. Songs so nice I listened to them twice.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Plays like a greatest hits. Excellent.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Sound, our kid Soundtrack to my paper round. Apologies to everyone who heard me belting this out, pretending I was at a gig at 0630.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Class album. Totally class. Brilliant debut album which perfectly encapsulates what oasis stand for and their presence. Great tracks and concise. Really enjoyed

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

Is it the best Oasis album? Cover art 3/5

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Who knew they did more than wonderwall? haha

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Sun Mar 27 2022
5

This really is one of the great debut albums ever. Swirling, confident rock and roll laced with perfect pop melodies and some killer hooks. What's not to like about it? It's also just a really well crafted album that flows effortlessly. Starting out with a solid rocker like "Rock 'n' Roll Star" and ending up at the stripped down "Married with Children" is pretty brilliant. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Live Forever, Slide Away, Married with Children, Digsy's Dinner, Supersonic, Rock 'n' Roll Star, Cigarettes & Alcohol, Columbia, Shakermaker, Bring It on Down, Up in the Sky

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

Perfect. Their best work by far.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Rock'n' Roll star ( best opening) Live Forever Columbia Supersonic Bring it on down Cigarettes and alcohol Masterpiece!

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Breath of fresh air in the 90's and still so today. Some anthems within a complete album that demands to be played on vinyl

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Sat May 21 2022
5

Didn’t like it originally but over time have realised its brilliant.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

Sounding as fresh today as 28 years ago. The album of my childhood. Played it to death. Like a lot of kids my age WTSMG had my curiosity but this record grabbed my attention like no other I can remember. Changed the course of music in the uk. Biblical. 5/5

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

I’ve loved this his album since I first heard it in 1994.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

Definitivno možda je ovo jedan od najboljih brit pop albuma. Haters gonna hate.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Really liked it! First album suggested. Oasis rocked harder than I remembered.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Really digging the nasal voice from Liam on this record. The record has a very heavy Beatlesesque sound which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Oasis adds their own sound to the music while still showing their influences from The Rolling Stones to The Beatles. Although their song writing is not nearly as polished or well crafted, it is still clever and fun. The band had a very clear vision as to what they wanted to sound like and they stuck closely to it. Favorite Track: Married With Children, Digsy's Dinner Least Favorite Track: Bring it On Down

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