As the principal songwriter of Oasis, Noel Gallagher always essentially did what he wanted. That’s continued now that he’s ventured into a solo career after the dissolution of the Britpop band, more or less free of anyone telling him what he can and can’t do in the studio.
Who Built the Moon?, the third full-length album from his solo project Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, is out today — and listening to it, it’s quite apparent Noel sought to do something extremely different this time around.
Opting for a thematic record filled with psychedelic flourishes, time signature changes and the like, the new material ventures wildly away from the tried-and-true songwriting style he’s developed over the years. Inevitably, some fans might take issue with such a stark change in direction, but others will probably embrace its adventurousness.
Noel’s embittered brother, Liam Gallagher, may have laughed at the thought of a “concept record” like Who Built the Moon? (such is the nature of their relationship at this point), the album works and is a solid, engaging listen throughout … if a bit unexpected.
Stream it below, via Spotify or Apple Music: