Liam Gallagher – As You Were

Liam ’s first solo , three years after the fizzling out of his post- Oasis band Beady Eye , is surprisingly good. It is named after the sign-off he uses for his Twitter posts, but also a backward step, a return to the raunchy rock ’’ roll basics that the retro(grade) brothers made their name with. But in fact As You Were feels like Liam, at the grand old age of 45, maturing musically – up to a point. On the cover, he eyeballs us as truculently as ever as if snarling, ‘ you looking at me? And if not, why not?’ Yet the songs reveal a softer, more reflective character than you’d expect, a strange brew of vulnerability mixed with swagger. After reaching middle age, experiencing the comedown of Beady Eye the highs of Oasis, and going through two divorces, as as the very public breakdown of his relationship with big Noel, it seems he might be growing up at last. Though he’s contributed, has not become known as a songwriter while the frontman of his two previous bands. But now, as a solo artist, apart from on a couple of […]

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