For those of you of a certain age, and a certain musical knowledge, I ask that you take a break from your busy day and listen to these two tracks from the just-released solo debut album "As You Were" from the godson of Britpop, Liam Gallagher.
There once was a time, when people named George HW Bush, John Major and Boris Yelstin were running the world and then, bursting onto the scene to urge us to "fuck them, fuck the world, fuck everything, turn up the fucking music and fuck off!" came a band of brazen Mancunians led by two uncontrollably loutish and ill-behaving brothers. They called themselves Oasis.
The world has changed a bit (or has it?) and one of those brothers has changed a bit (he definitely has!). This is accomplished, high-end music made by a guy who was the very embodiment of a rock-and-roll bad boy; heavy drugs, heavy drinking, trashing hotel rooms, cursing out his fans from onstage, crashing cars, endless girlfriends and generally boorish behavior no matter the venue. No, those days are most likely behind him for now, and he's the better for it.
Now it seems as if time and the conditions of the world have given Liam pause to not only offer us all what seems to be a genuine apology ("For what it's worth, I'm sorry...") but one of his most reflective and most informed compositions in "Chinatown". The opening stanza is brilliant, a commentary on the police state, our indifference to it and a nod to his beloved Beatles all in one fell swoop. The string section in "For what its Worth" adds some poignancy to the message, helping to make his mea culpa all the more believable.
I've previewed the rest of the tracks and there are several more gems in there, so if you like what you hear, you should do the same. It's always nice to witness the maturation of an artist (well, this is Liam Gallagher after all, so I'll try not to keep my hopes up for his full-on rehabilitation!) but with the release of "As You Were", I daresay this particular one threatens to be downright transformative.