Liam Gallagher of Oasis Is Back With a Fantastic New Album
Liam Gallagher of Oasis has released his first solo album ever. It's called As You Were and, as far as I'm concerned, it's an instant rock classic. It may not reach the lofty heights Liam reached with Oasis, but this album certainly does come darn close. This review is of the Deluxe Edition.
My favorite song on the album is "For What It's Worth."
It's Liam's way of taking responsibility for the many mistakes he has made in his life and career. Liam says about this song:
I guess it is an apology to whoever. I’ve pissed a lot of people off. ... Classic, beautiful song. … There’s a lot of emotion in it, man.
The reason I love this song so much is very simple. As Liam himself says, "that’s the most Oasis-y kinda song on the album." Every Oasis fan in the world simply recognizes that Oasis sound. "For What It's Worth" is Liam's personal version of "Stop Crying Your Heart Out."
As with every other song on the As You Were album, Liam combines sadness, grief, and even anger with optimism. It's a recognition of mistakes he has made, but he's ready to move on, hoping that the same goes for those he has hurt. As he sings in the first verse of the song:
In my defence all my intentions were good
And heaven holds a place somewhere for the misunderstood
You know I'd give you blood if it'd be enough
Devil's on my doorstep since the day I was born
Its hard to find a sunset in the eye of a storm
But I'm a dreamer by design and I know in time we'll put this behind
And the chorus:
For what it's worth I'm sorry for the hurt
I'll be the first to say, "I made my own mistakes"
For what it's worth I know it's just a word and words betray
Sometimes we lose our way
For what it's worth
The third verse could be Liam's way of reaching out to his older brother Noel, with whom Liam has always had a love-hate relationship, even -- or perhaps especially -- during their Oasis years:
The first bird to fly gets all the arrows
Lets leave the past behind with all our sorrows
I'll build a bridge between us and I'll swallow my pride
This interpretation is backed by Liam's own statements about "For What It's Worth." After describing it as the most Oasis-like song on the album, he added:
You know, I’m proud to be in Oasis, I love Oasis, still do -- not a day that goes by without thinking of it, you know what I mean? So it’s good to be making music of caliber.