Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

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"(I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine," announces a song title on Noel Gallagher's first post-Oasis LP. Wrapped in guitars, strings, brass and reverb like a psychedelic Union Jack, he's in full flashback mode. Arrangements conjure Sgt. Pepper and T. Rex; each song fades Pink Floyd- style into the next. That's no complaint: Cooking down the Beatles' LSD pop into MDMA head-rushes like Oasis did, he does his old band proud. "Shout it out for me!" he declares in "Dream On," making you want to do just that.

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From The Archives Issue 1143: November 10, 2011