It’s been a big week if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Liam Gallagher fan, there’s been a new single, the track listing for his album As You Were, the album artwork and of course, a Glastonbury performance. We’re here today to talk about the single though, ‘Chinatown’.
It’s admittedly a step in a new direction both in terms of previous single ‘Wall of Glass (you can read our review of that here.) and in terms of Oasis, which Liam seems happy to both cling to and push himself away from, often within hours of each other. ‘Chinatown’ takes the time explore what Liam Gallagher’s voice can still do, there’s been a lot of talk about if he’s wrecked his voice over the years, even from the man himself when talking to Jo Whiley at Glastonbury but it seems evident here that he still knows how to use his range extensively.
The song is a more tender, mellow brother to the punchier, in your face kind of thing we’re used to from Gallagher. He sings over a simple acoustic guitar and looping drum, referencing The Beatles’ White Album in his opening lines. Liam Gallagher said of As You Were: “I didn’t want to be reinventing anything or going off on a space jazz odyssey. It’s the Lennon ‘Cold Turkey’ vibe, The Stones, the classics. But done my way, now.”
Overall the track is fairly middle of the road, if this is the best that As You Were has to offer then perhaps Gallagher will run into some trouble with it, although Oasis fans will readily lap it up regardless. While the vocals are as harmonous as they can be, there’s little soul behind the words, maybe the song will make more sense in the context of the whole album, maybe not.
The album, now officially ready for pre-order, is due for release on the 6th October, featuring twelve tracks and three bonus tracks, so best keep your eyes peeled for another single and possibly some more tour dates.