Oasis - Standing on the Shoulder of Giants 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Brian Kahn   
Wednesday, 23 February 2000

Standing on the Shoulder of Giants,
Epic Records
| Performance 7 | Sound 6 |

Giants’ marks the fourth studio release from Oasis, once hailed as the next Beatles. One has to be amazed that this band has made it this far by overcoming the very public infighting between the brothers Gallagher. Followers of the band will also note the absence of bassist and rhythm guitarist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs . Liam and Noel somehow managed to pull things together and have recorded their boldest rock and roll album to date.

The lyrics manage, for the most part, to be uninspiring but are saved by the masterful arrangements of the songs. Oasis has made an art of saying nothing but sounding damn good while doing it. With choruses such as "She go let it out, she go let it in / she go let it out, she go let it in" on the track "Go let it out" and "Put yer money where your mouth is / Yer mamma sez that you was real / Put yer money where your money where yer mouth is / Yer pappa sez that you was real" on the track "Put yer money where yer mouth is" are just two examples of lame-ass lyrics that sound great within the context of the song itself. The band’s general lack of meaningful lyrical content might be for the best, as "Where Did It All Go Wrong?" comes across as emotional overkill and tends to be annoying. Noel’s songwriting thankfully does not remain this melodramatic throughout the album and in fact gets fairly spirited with "Fuckin’ In The Bushes" and "I Can See A Liar".

Giants marks Liam’s debut as a songwriter with "Little James." This piece is a tribute to his wife, Patsy Kensit and his son James who he considers his greatest accomplishment. Noel, who wrote the remaining songs, takes a stab at singing and does well. If the brothers do split up it would be safe to say Noel’s talent will get him much farther than Liam. Giants does not bring anything dramatically new to the world of Oasis but it does show signs of the bands growth. Fans of Oasis will be sure to love it and those who found the prior Oasis release to be a bit too soft and whinny should also be pleased with Giants harder and bolder edge.

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