Liam Gallagher’s second solo album, ‘Why Me? Why Not.’, builds on the styles of his previous solo work; sanding down the rough edges and producing a slicker, more refined set of tunes. It’s a musical confirmation of the change in Liam’s image towards a far more positive direction.
‘Why Me? Why Not.’, sees Liam and his writing team take a huge step forward in the lyrical department- throwing out the knackered clichés which marred parts of ‘As You Were’ and making matters far more personal.
It’s a masterstroke of a change as it gives so much more weight to Liam’s words; it makes you sit up and listen. Who’d have ever thought Liam Gallagher’s music would be for the thinking man? The drama of ‘One Of Us’ and the innocent balladry of ‘Misunderstood’ are moments in which this really (sun)shiiiiiines.
That’s not to say that there’s a lack of swaggering bangers on this record though, of course there’s a few- ‘Halo’, ‘Be Still’ and ‘Gone’ are standouts.
That’s arguably the one blot on ‘Why Me? Why Not.’ actually, any number of tracks would have made better singles than limp efforts like ‘Shockwave’. Maybe Liam and his team wanted the rest of the album being really impressive to be a pleasant surprise- so credit for that I suppose.
The album title is a homage to John Lennon, and whilst its namesake song is another decent tune, it’s ‘Meadow’ that’s the real tribute to the Gallaghers’ heroes. It’s a painfully obvious parallel but it’s hard to knock Liam for doing it. Why shouldn’t you be able to celebrate your influences?
All in all, ‘Why Me? Why Not.’ is a sizeable triumph for Liam Gallagher’s solo career. It’s brash and beautiful in equal measure, and an accurate reflection on a loudmouth bastard that’s a great man all the same. Your move, Our Kid.