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Summer night soundtracks: '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?' by Oasis + Video

Summer night soundtracks: '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?' by Oasis
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About mid-July I get fried. Generally some horrible sunburn occurs around this time, but more so the sun fries me mentally. Going outside nearly guarantees temporary blindness, heat exhaustion and a nearly comical sweat-fest.

Yet, I love the summer. I love its long nights. Its cool mornings. The pools I never swim in anymore. I suppose you could say it's a love/hate type relationship, one that I have found apparent on the isolated and jaded vibes of Oasis' 1995 album "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" The band's second album seems to capture the restlessness, the joy, the carelessness and the boredom of midsummer.

From the gigantic sun-soaked chords of "Roll with It" to the lazy and despondent -- and basically psychedelic -- musings of "Champagne Supernova," these songs revel in summer delight while also vehemently detesting the hottest months of the year. Liam Gallagher, the chief Oasis songwriter, explicitly writes about getting away from the summer, finding brighter days and even encourages us to step out into the blooming summertime. The blatant themes of summer will have you reaching for your sunglasses upon each listen.

Aside from the constant heat exhaustion-inducing guitars, what makes this a long summer-night album is how the all the songs are actually quite lengthy but end too soon. These are concise pop songs that might be just as successful as two or three-minute songs, but Oasis, like the summer, really rides them out much longer, into the four or five-minute range. It's a disorientating effect, to have a great song seem to endlessly repeat the first verse into oblivion, not unlike the warm summer days and nights.

I'm pretty sure "Morning Glory" fancies itself a concept album, one that tells the story of a rock star who gets it all and, yep, then loses it all, but like most concept albums "Morning Glory" is pretty loose and not very original, story wise.

But every single track here absolutely rocks. There are a variety of nosebleed rockers and stadium-ready ballads, and not one song is lackluster. The Gallagher brothers simply busted out some of the greatest rock songs of the last few decades. Although some might be inclined to praise Noel (that's the one who plays guitar and writes the songs, and seems to be a little more well behaved), it's Liam's lazy and bitchy drawl that brings these songs intense and amusing life. Whether he's doing his melancholic yelping ("Cast No Shadow" and "Wonderwall") or loogie-spittin' hollering ("Roll With It" and "Morning Glory"), he always makes his sentiments clear. Aside from Robert Pollard, who else could give profound meaning to lyrics such as, "The sink is full of fishes -- she's got dirty dishes on the brain?"

While tracks like "Some Might Say" and "Hey Now" express the jaded sentiment of the long summers, "Morning Glory" is otherwise a bright and optimistic album with the uplifting "Roll With It" and the playful "She's Electric." Both seem to provide for the good times we all have throughout those long summer days and long nights.

Perhaps the boys in the band put it best on "Hello," the album's lead track: "The days are long and the nights will throw you away 'cause the sun don't shine -- nobody ever mentions the weather can make or break your day."

So, the next free night you have, slather your sunburned back in aloe, grab a cold drink and crank this album up. It's a guaranteed remedy.

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