When Oasis were at their absolute peak, the very heart of their appeal was plainly the incomparable voice of their primary vocalist, Liam Gallagher, one of the great singers of the ’90s. When Oasis were at their worst, their most frustrating flaws were also found in Liam’s vocals: between booze, cigarettes, poor conditioning, and God knows what else, the dude’s pipes were completely burnt to black. By the end, he could barely hold a melody. It’s been a long road back, but the new Dave Sitek-produced single (which came out of nowhere) from Liam’s post-Oasis project Beady Eye showcases the younger Gallagher brother at his best since … Be Here Now? Maybe What’s The Story? Regardless of where you want to place this performance in the man’s portfolio, it’s a pleasure to hear his voice so crisp and clear. The song itself — with bold horns leading the way — feels confident and proud, not unlike the great Oasis non-album single “Whatever.” On live versions of the Oasis track “Hello,” Liam used to improvise the coda, “It’s good to be back.” Here, it actually sounds like he’s back. It’s good to have him. Listen.
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