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THE NEW GALLAGHER SQUIRE ALBUM - IS IT ANY GOOD?

WE REVIEW THE NEW GALLAGHER SQUIRE ALBUM – IS IT ANY GOOD?

About this time last year, I was mooching through AMP Guitars in Macclesfield when an advert on the musician’s notice board caught my eye, it read ‘softly spoken, artistic guitar god seeks iconic, generation-defining frontman to record the best album since Revolver…. attitude and swagger essential, good voice would be nice this time’

Obviously in the North West of England, we are blessed with such an enormous amount of talent that ads like this are two a penny so it was bloody fortunate for the ad’s poster ‘John’ that not only did he get a response… it was a pretty good one at that.

And so here we are, a year or so later as the duo release their collaborative album and despite my early reservations about ‘that rainbow bit in the middle’ on ‘Just Another Rainbow’ the album’s first single, I’m delighted to say that John Squire and Liam Gallagher have released an almost perfect rock’n’roll record. A good old fashioned, windows down, foot to the floor, rock’n’roll record.

It’s all blissed out summertime sixties West Coast feels on the stunning opener ‘Raise Your Hands’. Think Loving Spoonful, Turtles and the like and you won’t be too far away. If this track opens the setlist on the coming tour then just expect to be levitated with the rest of the crowd about forty-something seconds in!

It’s pretty much a faultless romp from thereon in. Squire’s ever-present humourful writing, both lyrically and musically strutting us through ‘Mars To Liverpool’ and ’One Day At A Time’ with its delightful “I know you’re happy, in your suburban trance… you should have fucked me when you had the chance’ 

‘I’m a Wheel’ is pure British Blues Revival/Bluesbreakers/Cream/Green era Fleetwood Mac and whilst it probably won’t be to the usual taste of John and Liam fans, my god, it’s fucking magnificent. We all knew John was way more than capable of holding his own in this genre but this track makes it clear that Liam Gallagher has clearly been down to the crossroads as well. 

THE NEW GALLAGHER SQUIRE ALBUM - IS IT ANY GOOD?

‘Just Another Rainbow’ well, in the short time since its release it’s a track that’s aged well. In fact, it’s aged very well indeed. In the context of the album it all makes sense, perfect sense. 

We’re treated to more sublime blues-fuelled rock with ‘Love You Forever’, John paying homage to Hendrix and almost overshadowing not just Liam’s incredible vocals but a quite breathtaking rhythm track.   

We all know the old saying that you should never do your dirty washing in public right? Well if it’s as good as ‘Make It Up As You Go Along’ you can be forgiven…

‘Make it up as you go along,  nobody knows any better than you, make it up as you go along, thank you for your thoughts and prayers and fuck you too!’ 

‘You’re Not The Only One’ is three minutes fifty-seven seconds of what can best be described as Zeppelin meets Faces meets Black Crowes Meets Liam Gallagher and demonstrates the balls these two have.. as does the album’s penultimate track ‘I’m So Bored’ with it’s reverential Revolver era riff before kicking off on yet another out and out filthy floor shaker… this is gonna be one hell of a moment at the live shows.

The beautiful ‘Mother Nature’s Song’ is a wonderful end, a real beauty of a track and once again the humour and reference is in abundance, and not just in the track’s title.

Dismiss this record and you really are missing the point. It was never intended to be groundbreaking or influential, It’s two great mates without doubt having the time of their lives, not really giving a fuck. It’s fun, it’s filthy, it’s the best thing either has done since leaving the bands that made their names. I can’t wait for the next one.

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