Former Oasis lead guitarist Noel Gallagher's band just dropped a new LP, and a TV advertisement has some scratching their heads over the inclusion of a one-star review.
The album from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, titled "Who Built The Moon," has received mixed reviews since its release on November 24, but still managed to go silver in one week and reach number one in the UK.
.@NoelGallagher's High Flying Birds' latest LP 'Who Built The Moon' has gone Silver in just 1 week! 💿🇬🇧 #bpiAwards https://t.co/tJLFEtLyFy— bpi music (@bpi music)1512142501.0
So it felt a little strange to feature a one-star review from The Irish Times, calling the new LP "a dried up Oasis of dross," in the advertisement.
And people quickly picked up on it:
“Hey Noel, do you want to check the review quotes for your album that we’re putting on the tv advert?” “Meh, I’ll j… https://t.co/cvonka7SAx— Dan Leaphard (@Dan Leaphard)1512642186.0
Anyone else seen the advert for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'Who Built The Moon?' on TV? It has the normal… https://t.co/FUmHE6gTDN— Latest Oasis News (@Latest Oasis News)1512243539.0
The Irish Times called Noel Gallagher’s new album ‘a dried up oasis of dross’. Fair enough, but should it really ha… https://t.co/VNDsP9jcDo— Leigh Wood (@Leigh Wood)1512406217.0
But several people hypothesized that it was Gallagher's way of having a laugh at The Irish Times' expense:
@Def_Leaphard It's real, I noticed it the other day. Assumed it was deliberate, for a laugh maybe.— The Lovely Samantha (@The Lovely Samantha)1512648896.0
Ahahah as if @NoelGallagher has put the 1 star ‘dried up oasis of dross’ review on his album’s tv ad— Harry Chrispin (@Harry Chrispin)1512299815.0
"A dried up oasis of dross"🌟 ..best non compliment I've heard in a long time! .. 😂😂😂 #gallagher— John Boyle (@John Boyle)1512164852.0
When the review came out, it was pretty harsh, with reviewer Ian Maleney saying: "There are musical gestures here that would be a cause of embarrassment if you heard them played by a gang of black-clad teenagers at a Saturday afternoon battle of the bands in a rural parish hall."
"It’s the stale, musty sound of a glorified pub band going through the motions. Rock is dead; this is a pantomime," it added.
Gallagher responded on Instagram by saying, "That’s me told then!! See what they did there with the headline?"
So including the review in his ad definitely seems like a calculated dig at the Times.
But it turns out Gallagher doesn't necessarily care for high praise either, as he showcased in his response to the speculation that Oasis could be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
He recently told Rolling Stone of the possibility: "I’ve already been approached by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… The f**kin’ fella from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame came to me and said, 'Do you know in two years you’ll be eligible for the Hall of Fame?' I said, 'Is that right?' He said, 'Yes.'"
See Noel Gallagher discuss Oasis' Rock Hall of Fame chances and tease Thom Yorke on songwriting… https://t.co/HCvEKTUWsM— Rolling Stone (@Rolling Stone)1512396560.0
"And he started going on, and I said, 'Let me f**king stop you there. I know what it is. I know what it entails, and it won't be f**king happening, OK?'," he added. "He invited me down to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself and showed me all these exhibits of Oasis stuff. It's a great place and all that, but I won't be doing it, I don't think."
Clearly, Gallagher has moved on and is focused on his new band's success.
And now we have a fun new phrase we can roll out when need be:
@ella_wookiee @Def_Leaphard "a dried up oasis of dross" is the new compliment of 2018— Janzeib 🤴🏽 (@Janzeib 🤴🏽)1512684854.0
@Def_Leaphard @TheQuill Brilliant.— Rob Cope #45 (@Rob Cope #45)1512644686.0
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