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Liam Gallagher is back with his first solo track – is it any good?

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Dave Fawbert
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Yep, take a look above this sentence and there he is: arms behind his back, leaning towards you with that familiar stare of intent, looking like it’s a toss-up between kissing and headbutting you.

Liam Gallagher, erstwhile singer with Oasis and Beady Eye, is finally back in the game with his very first solo single, ‘Wall of Glass’.

Here it is:

So what’s it like? Well, if you have ears you can just press play on the video above, let those sweet frequencies hit your ears and judge for yourself.

But, if you need a little help, we’d say it’s a solid 7/10 effort.

It’s clearly – clearly – a record label marketing exercise in ‘don’t scare off the Oasis fans before we’ve even started’. There are devices throughout the song designed to gently caress those Oasis fans who can’t deal with anything as forward thinking as a synthesizer and reassure them that their Liam is still the same Liam they’ve loved for the last two decades: that mouth organ opening is a direct nod to the likes of ‘Swamp Song’ and (What’s The Story) Morning, and the bluesy melody lines of ‘I think you know’ and ‘but I’ll see what’s in your mind’ have been heard approximately a thousand times in previous Oasis and Beady Eye songs.

However, while it’s very much a drums-bass-guitar-vocals affair, there are a few nice touches – the riffy bit after the ‘wall of glass’ line is lovely and bouncy, while the gospel choir works excellently to give it more of a soulful feel. The whole thing, while massively overcompressed, is also pleasingly bassy.

There’s also a line chucked in for the waiting journalists: ‘you were sold the one direction, I believe the resurrection’s on, and you were wrong’.

And the vocals, well they’re great, and it feels like Liam’s comfortable rather than trying too hard.

The song was co-written by Greg Kurstin, who’s worked with the likes of Adele, Ellie Goulding, Pink and Sia – so all of the stuff above is no accident, the guy knows what he’s doing.

So it’s a solid marker in the ground for now, but we’d love to see if he’s going to take some risks on the rest of the album.

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ShortList.com staff writer Dave’s primary passions are pop, prose, punning and power ballads (and alliteration). A lower division football enthusiast and long-suffering cricket fan, he is one of only 110 people followed on Twitter by Chas Hodges from Chas ‘n’ Dave. Follow Dave on Twitter like Chas: @davefawbert

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