Noel Gallagher’s exploration during the pandemic period proved to be incredibly fruitful for Gallagher, as he revealed that he has enough material for not just one, but two additional albums, each with its own distinct style. Who needs an Oasis reunion when Gallagher’s creative well is overflowing?
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Gallagher shared, “In the lockdown, I wrote about the best part of 40 songs. So this album was a cross-section of all the different styles that I’d explored up to that point, which is what I loved about it. ‘Pretty Boy’ had an electronic vibe, there were ballads, a ’60s influence, and even a touch of jazz with ‘Council Skies.’ I selected the best elements that led me to this point. However, there is also an acoustic album in the works, which is stripped-back and raw. I actually started recording it recently before embarking on my current US tour with the High Flying Birds. And then there’s another album that leans heavily into guitar-driven stadium rock.”
Naturally, Rolling Stone posed the question that was on everyone’s mind—why didn’t Gallagher release the acoustic album first?
As reported by Music Radar, In a rare display of uncertainty, Gallagher replied: “I don’t know. But I’ve been proven right in my decision because ‘Council Skies’ has been received incredibly well. It has surpassed the success of any of my previous albums. So I guess I made the right call. As for why I didn’t release the acoustic album first, I didn’t know if stadium rock would still be embraced due to COVID and the uncertainties surrounding tours and live shows. Things have changed drastically.”
Gallagher expressed his excitement about recording the guitar-driven album while acknowledging the importance of finally delivering an acoustic record. He explained: “It’s time for me to do an acoustic album because I have a lot of songs that are quite harrowing—written during the time of my breakup [Noel is going through a divorce from his wife Sarah MacDonald after 22 years together]. I want to release those songs and then create a euphoric guitar-driven record.”
For Oasis fans, this news is a long-awaited treat—two separate albums showcasing Gallagher’s rock and acoustic sides. It’s a heartfelt gift to his fans’ souls, even if the much-desired Oasis reunion announcement remains elusive.
With an abundance of solo material from Gallagher on the horizon, it appears that an Oasis reunion might not be in the cards. Yet, fans can find solace in the collaborative project with Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. Gallagher has formed a mutual love and admiration with the duo, with Auerbach and Carney affectionately dubbing him the “Chord Lord.” Gallagher reciprocated the enthusiasm, proclaiming that the three songs they wrote together during a London studio session are nothing short of “f*cking amazing.”