Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Universal Music Canada)

After having endured the lackluster debut from Beady Eye, the group fronted ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, all eyes are squarely cast upon Noel Gallagher and what tricks he has up on his sleeve for his solo debut. If there was ever any doubt about who the true brains behind Oasis was, those doubts will be erased on the first listen to High Flying Birds. Though Gallagher doesn’t stray too far from territory that Oasis would have covered, the familiar sounds that he embraces serve him well. Gallagher is no fool; if anyone realizes the value in the old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, it would be him.