WHO BUILT THE MOON?

 “Despite his almost motionless stage presence, Gallaghers ability to entertain has never been in doubt, whether on or off the stage.” – The Guardian
 “The past will never be a foreign country to Noel Gallagher, but from this vantage point, tomorrow is looking pretty rosy.” – NME
 “People are going to be surprised. I think people love Noel and theyre desperate for him to make a really big, bold, uptempo beast of a record – a lot of Noels music is quite mid-tempo. This one is quite fun.” – David Holmes, Producer of Who Built The Moon?
 “I am a fucking genius.” – Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher kicked off his Oasis past like a wet nappy and ran, bare-bottomed and vulnerable into a solo career that frankly could have gone either way. Now however, the entire human race must surely thank him for his bold decision as this latest album delivers a squadron of tunes so epic they transcend even the dizzy heights of his previous high-flying solo work. Get out of the doldrums motherfuckers and strap in…

Noel Edward Montague Gallagher entered the national consciousness in 1994; the same year as Forrest Gump, the sitcom Friends and the Channel Tunnel. Yet, 23 years later, Noel has evolved musically far more than those other three things put together. We all know the story of the boy from Burnley, with his mop-topped swagger, tracksuit and eyebrows Moses himself couldn’t part. The humble beginnings, touring the world with Allied Carpets and the younger brother now tolerated simply as a potential organ donor for his more talented sibling. The story of the working class boy who dared to dream is now part of our national psyche. But all that was a long time ago. This latest solo album suggests that in the rock n’ roll history books Oasis will be remembered merely as the caterpillar to Noel’s solo butterfly.

‘The Chief’ as he insists on being called by his staff, has never, ever been one to stand still churning out rock by numbers, apart, of course, from the last few Oasis albums. Yet, it is in his solo work that Noel’s musical evolution has gone from upright but hairy ape-man to sonically advanced, electronic, space Jazz future-man with little shiny silver booties on. Believe me honey-child, WHO BUILT THE MOON? doesn’t sound like anything we’ve ever heard before from The Little Menace From Little Venice, as he is known on Grindr. This is exciting, mature, box-fresh ROCK ‘N’ ROLL that sounds totally NOW. Not so much a nod to the past, more an enthusiastic handshake with the future.

And what’s more, WHO BUILT THE MOON? marks a departure not only in style but also in method. Instead of his usual system of bringing songs into the studio in his Hello Kitty satchel and working them up slowly, Noel cooked up this future-platinum by containing the entire writing process in the studio. Working under the watchful ears of producer David Holmes, these laboratory conditions concentrated the creative forces of Peggy’s favourite son and WHO BUILT THE MOON? is the end product. Now delivered like a test-tube baby into your clammy, little hands today. Sit back, listen and be blown away by what a lovely, curious and hard-rocking little fella it is. WHO BUILT THE MOON? Noel Gallagher did, and everyone else can just reach for it.

We’re definitely not in Oasis anymore Dorothy…

Sir Rupert Bashford-Tillermouth, 29th August 2019