Dig Out Your Soul is the seventh studio album by Oasis. It was released on October 6, 2008 worldwide and on October 7, 2008 in the United States. The first single, "The Shock of the Lightning", was released on September 29, 2008. In promotion of the album, the band have embarked on a world tour, debuting in Seattle, Washington at the WaMu Theater, and is planned to continue for eighteen months.
In October 2007 Noel revealed more about the record to BBC 6 Music: "Funnily enough, we all write separately, but for some reason all the songs sound like they've got a common thread. We've been focusing round the grooves more this time, the last album was quite 'songy,' if that makes any sense, I don't know. But it was quite 'songy:' "The Importance of Being Idle", "Let There Be Love" - it was quite a British, retro, 60s sounding album. This is kinda focusing round the grooves more. Saying that, we've only done two tracks but all the demos that we've done are great." Noel also revealed details about his lyrics for his new songs: "I've literally got nothing left to write about: I've wrote about being a youth, and I've wrote about being a rock star, and I've wrote about living life in the big city. I've been re-visiting some of my more psychedelic trips of a younger man, because I remember them all you see...putting them to music."
In a November 2007 interview with Reuters, singer Liam Gallagher revealed more details on how the record is going: "All the songs are wrote (sic), this record's gonna be fuckin' rockin'. There's no acoustic on it, man. We rehearsed about 10 tunes before coming in. Three are mine. Some are Noel's, some are Gem's, some are Andy's. We're there for a long time, so we just keep pickin' em off the tree, man. Some are sounding really fucking heavy, and then we're picking some out, and you go, 'Well that doesn't sit with that, right.' So we just keep moving about. We've got plenty of songs. We're not gonna go bored." Gallagher also revealed that the record,"Will have everything thrown at it. Let's just hope that Noel's learnt his lesson in the studio this time!"
In the June 15, 2008 interview with talkSPORT, Noel said the album was "colossal", "rockin'" and added "it's gonna sound great live, which is the most important thing."
Sessions were halted in September 2007 due to the birth of Noel Gallagher's second child, telling BBC 6 Music: "We done a few tracks in Abbey Road about six weeks ago. Then we've taken some time off for me to get acquainted with my new son and then we start back in Abbey Road on November 5. - we'll probably work through a couple of months there, have Christmas off, then go and mix it and see where we're at."
In Liam Gallagher's Reuters interview on November 13, 2007, he revealed more about the expected timespan of the recording sessions: "We've got six weeks there, seven weeks. We'll have it done by then, without a doubt. It'll be done by Christmas. It'll be done by the 15th of December, if everything goes well. Then we'll have Christmas off, and we'll go to L.A., mix it and maybe do a bit more over there. But not too much."
Oasis announced, through its website on February 5, that the band was in Los Angeles to finish off recording the album and to mix the record.
In a February 28, 2008 radio interview for LA radio station Indie 103.1 with former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, Liam, Noel and Gem said mixing had been slowed down by the equipment constantly breaking, but that they hoped to be finished in a couple of weeks.
In an appearance on Russell Brand's BBC Radio 2 show on March 8, 2008, Noel declared he would be going home on the next Wednesday, March 12, suggesting that work was finished in LA and, subsequently, on the record, although this wasn't confirmed. Oasis had also booked tour dates; a further indication the album was finished. Also in the interview Noel said that the album title came from one of Gem's lyrics on a song. Live airings have confirmed the line to be a lyric from Archer's "To Be Where There's Life".
On April 14, 2008 Noel Gallagher announced in an interview that the album was indeed completed and the band were in discussions with several record companies with which to release it. In August 2008, Reprise Records announced that it would distribute Dig Out Your Soul in North America.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe announced the release dates of the album and the first single on his show on June 24, 2008. When doing so, he briefly spoke about the album saying that a few people at Radio 1 had heard a few of the tracks - he declared, "Oh yes! Oasis are officially back and in rocking form."
In an interview with Noel Gallagher from NME magazine dated 6 August 2008, the article claimed that the forthcoming album is "really great" and "a huge step forward from Don't Believe the Truth".
Jonathan Cohen of Billboard says that with Dig Out Your Soul, the group "[Gets] back to its stripped-down rock roots" and that the opening song, "Bag it Up" harks back to Definitely Maybe's "Columbia".
Luke Bainbridge of The Observer gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying "You could say that if Definitely Maybe was their Stone Roses, Dig Out Your Soul is their Second Coming. It won't win them any new fans, but those that believed the truth last time will dig this."
On 11 September 2008, 45 second previews of every song on the album were made available on the Sony Japan website, but were quickly taken down again. Whether this was intentional or not is unknown. The album was uploaded in its entirety on the official Oasis MySpace page on 1 October, and was also made to Oasis community members on the band's official site's "Radio Supernova".
Alan McGee, Oasis' former manager has recently hailed the album as the "true follow-up to What's the Story Morning Glory, completing the elusive and perfect rock'n'roll trilogy that began with Definitely Maybe." in his column in the Observer, McGee compared the album to The Beatles' Revolver and The Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet, McGee also wrote "Dig Out Your Soul works because Noel has returned to the original inspiration of his youth for his songwriting. Definitely Maybe was about their dreams of rock'n'roll stardom, Morning Glory was about achieving the dream, Be Here Now was the coked-up aftermath, now Dig Out Your Soul is a glance to a psychedelic yesterday, again. For me, the past four post-Morning Glory albums never captured the magic of the first two. Songs from the past five albums had moments of pop reverberations and incredible songwriting, but were never complete statements. With Dig Out Your Soul, the notorious Oasis brothers have found their mojo. It's back, without a doubt."
Ryan Adams compared the album to Kid A, claiming "the first time I heard Kid A I went ‘OK, I have no fucking idea what kind of music this is but it's moving me. It sounds like a revelation.’ That's what the new Oasis stuff sounds like it sounds like they have entered into some strange uncanny spiritual crazy door and have just lost themselves completely to it and it is marvelous.
The album also received more great reviews after several days from its official release, with critics arguing that Dig Out Your Soul is "Oasis sounding as pumped and as hard as they've ever been" and that "it seems Oasis have made something that can happily play along side Morning Glory."
Not all the reviews have been positive though, Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone magazine gave the album a mediocre 2 1/2 out of 5 stars. Rosen said of the new album that, "Oasis' latest is heavier on groove than normal, and there are a couple of gripping moments, especially Liam's stately, Lennonesque ballad "I'm Outta Time." But for the most part, Dig Out Your Soul is an almost comically generic Oasis release, from its preponderance of plodding midtempo rockers ("Bag It Up," "Waiting for the Rapture") to the vaguely Indian raga-flavored psychedelic anthems ("To Be Where There's Life"). Then there's the issue of Liam's "philosophizing" — he's entered the Maharishi phase of his Beatles worship, clogging songs with beatitudes like "Space and time and here and now/Are only in your mind." The Rolling Stone critic has been heavily criticized for her review by Rolling Stone's online readers.
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