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Stream: Liam Gallagher's new album 'Why Me? Why Not?'

'Why Me? Why Not?' - Liam Gallagher

We take the first look at Liam Gallagher’s second solo record and pick out the album’s best tracks as we all get to grips with LG being a better songwriter than Noel Gallagher. Listen to the new album below.

With so much going on around Liam Gallagher, as ever with a mouth like his, it’s a good job to remember that he isn’t only a serial Tweeter, he is also a singer and, it turns out a songwriter. We pick out the album’s best tracks.

First up is without a doubt the LP’s best single, ‘One of Us’ which Liam described as deeply personal track saying: “‘One of Us’ is about family, friendship and a sense of belonging. I love the groove and the gospel outro. It reminds me of The Sweet Inspirations.” The extra gravitas of family will always weigh heavily on the brothers Gallagher, but with this track, Liam opens up more than ever before.

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Then there’s ‘Once’ the albums doff of the cap to Liam’s hero John Lennon, as he channels the former Beatle he delivers one of the albums more special moments. Gallagher has described his latest effort as “one of the best songs I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of, and believe you me I’ve sang on many a great tune. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.”

When talking about the album a few months ago he said “I want the second album to be a step-up, because the hardest thing to do is to make something the same, only better, Gallagher said of the album in a statement. “So that’s what we’ve done. It’s a better record than As You Were. Which is saying something, as that was epic, wasn’t it?”

But one song became a particular favourite and we’re finding it hard to argue. ‘The River’ another of LG’s releases “There’s one called ‘A River’ which is absolutely a proper beast of a tune. Don’t think it’ll get on the radio ‘cause it’s too heavy, but if someone wants to play it, play it. But that’s a tune.”

“Yeah it’s heavy man. It is HEA-VY. Like heavy, as in makes you wanna, it’s like a bulldozer man. Heavier than that.”

So, we’ve come to the moment where you say “But, Far Out, you’ve just picked the singles of a 14 track album?” and yes, we have.

The album is largely buoyed by these songs. While the album is a considered and well-thought-out piece from LG, it does very much rest on the vibrancy and emotion of these singles. There are good moments, but they’re moments for the middle-aged men who adore LG, not for the fans trying to find a new idol.

It’s a good album. Good, not great.