The album opens up with “Wall Of Glass” and after a harmonica driven country-blues style intro we’re met with relatively simplistic yet catchy indie-rock, the chorus keeps things minimal with some choir-esque backing vocals, accompanying Liam’s distinct voice rather well all things considering, giving his droning Manc accent an added sense of soul, it’s a nice enough introduction really and there’s plenty more where that came from…”Greedy Soul” keeps up the indie-rock momentum but it’s got one hell of a groove…the rhythm is infectious here but again, kept simplistic much like the opener but bettered, it’s so slick and it’s got a great hook this, an easy album highlight. We revisit certain country elements on “You Better Run” too and in ways it’s like Liam has been listening to JAKE BUGG to rediscover his mojo here…boosted further by subtle layering’s of brass, it’s good stuff.
“Come Back To Me” has a touch more of the old attitude we know and love, couple that with more prominent electric guitar, we’re taken on a trip down memory lane audibly, while bonus track “Doesn’t Have To Be This Way” has certain throw-back qualities to the likes of THE LIGHTNING SEEDS in its melody and structure, but it’s not all smelling of stone roses…oh no…for Liam has mellowed somewhat in his age and there are several ballads dotted throughout this album…”Paper Crown” is a quaint little BEATLES inspired acoustic piece, while “All My People / All Mankind” takes a dreary, dismal look at society, lambasting selfies and such of the world around him, declaring his return, no more bullshit essentially and it’s quite a serious track in tone. While Oasis fans are desperate for that reunion, Liam here proves that he’s still one of the most important performers in British music…he may not sound as pissed off as he used to, and to be perfectly honest he probably doesn’t care what you think in that respect, but the important thing is he’s back making new music, and it’s a well-balanced album from start to finish. Now…as you were.