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Hey Oasis, Turn Back the ‘Clocks’

Hey Oasis, Turn Back the 'Clocks'

Epic Records sent me an advance copy of the new Oasis retrospective release, Stop the Clocks. There are 18 songs on two CDs. Of those 18, maybe two could truly be considered “hits” in America. After that, I would say 6 or 7 of the remaining 16 songs, are actually good.

It’s a kind of depressing collection, since the band had so much promise with their first two albums: Definitely Maybe (1994) and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (1995). It was an early sensation (more like a second coming, in their native U.K.) that would be tainted from ego, drugs, booze, and inner-band conflicts. Oasis should have been one of the best rock bands of the last decade. They released six LPs between 1994 and 2005, and only three of them were good: the aforementioned two, and approximately half of both 2000’s Standing on the Shoulder of Giants and 2005’s Don’t Believe the Truth. But, that doesn’t stop the fact that “Supersonic” is a helluva rock song, or that “Champagne Supernova” is the beautiful definition of a “stadium anthem.”

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