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MUSIC Who Built the Moon? Noel Gallagher's best work since (What's the Story) Morning Glory?

Published 28 NOV 2017 12:23PM

Words by Katie Macbeth




The battle between the Gallagher brothers is currently at it’s peak, with both brothers hurling insult after insult at each other, how are they both finding the time to produce music?

It’s almost as if we’re back in the 90’s with the Oasis vs Blur debate, but this time it’s Oasis vs Oasis.


After the release of Liam Gallagher’s ‘As You Were’, all eyes were on Noel. Noel’s new album, Who Built the Moon?, is possibly his most adventurous album yet. And on top of this, it’s probably the least ‘Oasis-y’ album since their split.

When the lead single from this album, Holy Mountain, was released, many were quick to voice their opinions. Some loved it and some hated it. ‘Holy Mountain’ was downed in love and also criticism as this was Noel’s first venture into his new direction.


Yet as you listen to ‘Holy Mountain’ in it’s place on the album, it’s a grower. After a few listens, it becomes clear that the song has been well produced and this joyous, upbeat theme is continued throughout the album.

The opener on the record, Fort Knox, is an extremely psychedelic track which has a dreamy, magnetic feel. Noel Gallagher states that Fort Knox references ‘Power’ by Kanye West, with the repeated shouting of ‘Hey!’ being prominent throughout the song.

The use of an alarm may be a metaphorical reference to a wake up call, and to the fact that Noel is living for now and doesn’t want all of his music to sound similar to that of the remnants of Oasis.

‘Keep On Reaching’ nods towards Marvin Gaye and Sly Stone. It has a thumping beat with assistance from trumpets and a choir, providing a 60’s vibe. This is a song that beckons to be played live and will sound impeccable.

Some might say that after ‘She Taught Me How To Fly’ the album’s tempo begins to fall to a much steadier speed. One that you would expect from a Noel Gallagher album.



‘Who Built The Moon?’ features two interludes. Interlude (Wednesday, part 1) being the first. This puts emphasis on Noel’s creative aspects of writing instrumentals. Wednesday being reminiscent of Oasis’ ‘Swamp Song’ and how that was split into two parts when ‘What’s the Story (Morning Glory)’ was released.

The second part of this interlude is then three tracks later titled End Credits (Wednesday, part 2) which has a very melancholic bass line and a lengthy outro.



You then get introduced to a bonus track titled ‘Dead In The Water’ which some are labelling the track that ‘makes the album.’, something that we wholeheartedly agree with.

The song was recorded without Noel being aware at RTE 2FM Studios in Dublin and so was added to the album upon realisation that there was no bonus material for ‘Who Built the Moon?’.

Noel was only made aware of it’s recording as the final touches were being added to the album. The song tells the story of the pressures of a relationship, and how Noel wouldn’t walk away from a ‘dying’ relationship until he feels it is stable again.

Overall, Noel Gallagher’s new direction is daring, unique, and something that many will have to take time to adjust to.


Yet we believe that this is a step in the right direction for Noel Gallagher as the new album is certainly a hit, one that will sound magical on his UK arena tour next April.

Full 2018 tour dates HERE

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