OASIS fans buckle up. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' Black Star Dancing, the first of three EPs slated for release this year, sparkles in a different universe to Wonderwall. While estranged brother Liam is still serving '60s-inspired rock on his single Shockwave, Noel has set course deeper into psychedelic dance-pop territory, a journey he began on 2017's Who Built The Moon?
The title track dabbles in the white funk of David Bowie and INXS, but plods too long to ignite the dance floor. However, Gallagher flexes his melodic strength, which has always underpinned his songs. Rattling Rose is the highlight, driven by Americana rhythms and a hypnotic melody. Sail On is a pretty enough calypso folk song, but leaves you hanging for an Oasis anthem by the end.
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