- Title: Oasis' Definitely Maybe
- Author: Alex Niven
- ISBN: 9781623564230
- Page: 389
- Format: Paperback
Oasis s incendiary 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe managed to summarize almost the entire history of post fifties guitar music from Chuck Berry to My Bloody Valentine in a way that seemed effortless But this remarkable album was also a social document that came closer to narrating the collective hopes and dreams of a people than any other record of the last quarter centOasis s incendiary 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe managed to summarize almost the entire history of post fifties guitar music from Chuck Berry to My Bloody Valentine in a way that seemed effortless But this remarkable album was also a social document that came closer to narrating the collective hopes and dreams of a people than any other record of the last quarter century.In a Britain that had just undergone the most damaging period of social upheaval in a century under the Thatcher government, Noel Gallagher ventriloquized slogans of burning communitarian optimism through the mouth of his brother Liam and the playing of the other Oasis everymen Paul McGuigan, Paul Arthurs and Tony McCarroll On Definitely Maybe, Oasis communicated a timeworn message of idealism and hope against the odds, but one that had special resonance in a society where the widening gap between high and low demanded a newly superhuman kind of leaping.Alex Niven charts the astonishing rise of Oasis in the mid 1990s and celebrates the life affirming, communal force of songs such as Live Forever, Supersonic, and Cigarettes Alcohol In doing so, he seeks to reposition Oasis in relation to their Britpop peers and explore one of the most controversial pop cultural narratives of the last thirty years.
Recent Comments "Oasis' Definitely Maybe"
So much to like about this excellent, brief book - a model for how to reframe and refresh a classic record. The way Niven seals Definitely Maybe off from the rest of the band's career. The thoughts on elemental and water imagery in 90s culture. The precision of his explorations of Oasis' relationship to Manchester, indie music and the Labour Party. And the one-parenthesis-only dismissal of the record's worst track. The book is also as sly and provocative as the best Noel Gallagher interviews (an [...]
Alex Nevin's entry into the 33-1/3 series (which is also his first book) deftly answers several questions about an album that 20 years after its release is not held in very high regard by most US listeners or critics, but at one time was NME's #1 album of 1994: Is Definitely Maybe really a great album? What sets it apart from other Britpop and other rock or pop albums from the era? ? Why do we denigrate this album based on everything that Oasis did in its aftermath? And how did a band that was t [...]
(A full review will be forthcoming.)I can't rightly give this book less stars, despite disagreeing with the majority of Niven's post-1995 assessment of the band (it's as though he didn't listen to Dig Out Your Soul at all), among a few other details. (Call 2000-onward members "session" musicians, yet talk about the influential effect of Ride? Who do you think was IN Ride?)Still, I can respect the thoroughness in other areas and in dealing with Definitely Maybe itself. He is way more fair than a [...]
Honestly, I kept waiting for a chance to shake my head and roll my eyes, but it never came. This book is sound. Even got me to give "Shakermaker" a serious listen.
A mostly overthought (and often overwritten) account, added a childish and unnecessary bashing of other bands and later Oasis. That said, there are also great passages carried by a true love for the album.
It's probably not easy for casual music fans to appreciate anything about Oasis, but this is actually one of my favorite albums from that time period. It's interesting that it's posited as a piece about where the band came from, and how that infiltrated an album that most of us probably ignore looking back. There were a few moments where I thought the plot got lost, a wee bit, but overall it made me want to go back and actually read the bookwhich says a lot considering how the last few books in [...]
A first class analysis of Oasis' seminal debut. In fact dare I say it'S the only one worth reading? - I also liked the fact that the author doesn't have a high opinion of Digsy's Dinner!
Nice argument for the importance of Oasis.
Terrific from start to finish - solid musically, fascinating politically.
An excellent analysis of the album combined with a British history lesson.
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