Why the Glory?

The band's lyrical expoundings are incomprehensible. Not since the mid-Eighties heyday of Duran Duran have audiences on both sides of the pond been subjected to such inanities. "Wonderwall" flows with a beautiful melody, but no one knows what the hell Liam Gallagher is singing about, not even Liam Gallagher. Noel wrote it for his girlfriend when she was out of work and he wanted to tell her how special she was to him; Liam says he thought it was just a beautiful word. And surely Noel intended "Champagne Supernova" to be a metaphor for something, but one can only wonder what; someday, somebody will find him buried in the landslide of whatever it is he's singing about. This attempt at profundity has taken Noel away from the more enjoyable simplicity of Definitely's "Live Forever" or even the lysergic Dr. Seuss humor of "Supersonic." You could call the lyrics pretentious if they were more intelligent. Noel admits he doesn't really care too much about the lyrics, and Liam confesses that he has no idea what they mean, although he insisted to a Rolling Stone writer that there is a "shitload of meaning" in them.

And that's the bloody problem. This band just doesn't seem to care. For all their arrogance and pop-star posing, they are actually rather dull and indifferent on stage: Liam folds his hands behind his back, Noel scowls, nobody moves around much. In some passive-aggressive fashion, they might say they have nothing to prove and that the music speaks for itself, but the fact is that it doesn't say much.

Noel Gallagher has been quoted as saying that he and the rest of Oasis like annoying people -- that pissing people off is a Manchester thing. If that's the case, then Oasis are doubtlessly good sons of their hometown.

Oasis performs on Sunday, September 15, at the West Palm Beach Auditorium, 1610 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, 407-683-6012, with Screaming Trees and Manic Street Preachers. Tickets cost $23. Showtime is 7:30.

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