ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday

NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS: CHASING YESTERDAY. See PA Feature MUSIC Music Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MUSIC Music Reviews.
NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS: CHASING YESTERDAY. See PA Feature MUSIC Music Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MUSIC Music Reviews.

Taking on production duties himself has given former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher the freedom to mix things up on Chasing Yesterday - his second solo album.

Riverman, a song Gallagher reckons could be the best he has ever written, gets things off to a flying start, even with its unexpected saxophone solo. In The Heat Of The Moment is nothing new, but follow-up single Ballad Of The Mighty I is some of his best work, with Johnny Marr providing ‘disco guitar’. The Girl With X-Ray Eyes snaffles the intro to Oasis B-side The Masterplan but there is a definite nod to Hotel California, while Lock All The Doors, originally written in 1992, sounds a lot like Morning Glory and could perhaps have been enhanced with Noel’s brother Liam’s snarling vocal. The jazz-infused The Right Stuff might not sit well with the Oasis crowd but is definitely a highlight on another strong solo effort.