If the challenge faced by Jake Bugg on his second album is to prove you can take the boy out of Clifton (the Nottingham council estate where he was born) without taking all traces of Clifton out of the boy, then it’s one he rises to. Those who see Bugg’s so-called “authenticity” — whatever that means — as a storm of hype might spy signs of “grooming” in the decision to record in LA with producer Rick Rubin, but the follow-up to his hit debut makes the Midlands-to-Malibu move look largely seamless: as an exercise in expanded range, Shangri La is too diverse and distinct to dismiss.
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Friday 05 August 2011
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' debut tour has sold out in six minutes.
Wednesday 27 July 2011
Noel Gallagher says someone needs to "waft" his brother Liam with a "wet towel" if he thinks he can eclipse Oasis' success.
Friday 08 July 2011
Noel Gallagher says his second solo album is "far out" with "space jazz" on it.
Saturday 02 July 2011
Friday 24 June 2011
Tuesday 05 April 2011
Noel Gallagher is set to marry long-term girlfriend Sara MacDonald this summer.
Thursday 10 February 2011
Noel Gallagher hasn't started work on his debut solo album yet.
Wednesday 09 February 2011
Taylor Momsen wants to write music with Noel Gallagher.
Monday 31 January 2011
Gem Archer believes Liam Gallagher was "suppressed" by his brother Noel.
Sunday 09 January 2011
Since the break-up of Oasis, Noel Gallagher has been keeping a low profile, biding his time and quietly working on new material with one David McDonnell, lead singer of Liverpool's the Sand Band.
Friday 07 January 2011
Long famed for their fisticuffs and slanging matches, the intense sibling rivalry between Liam and Noel Gallagher now includes allegations of plagiarism.
Thursday 16 December 2010
Last Night's TV: Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution/Channel 4<br />Gareth Malone's Extraordinary School for Boys/BBC2
Friday 10 September 2010
Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution may have been the quietest revolution in history. His youth, it's safe to say, was not a wild one. Instead, it was the predictable suburban existence of most self-described "tearaways". He liked Citizen Smith because he was "cheeky"; John McEnroe was his icon of rebellion. It was all pleasingly realistic. Refreshing, too, was the era we got: the bad-taste 1970s and 1980s, rather than the much-reminisced-about 1960s.
Sunday 23 May 2010
I realised that my wife had been stuck in the country for too long when I saw her face glued to the taxi window. "So many people..." she whispered. "Magic lights..." she swooned as we sped past the brightly lit shop windows of the West End. I decided that I must bring her up to London at least once a year from now on, otherwise the next time she'd be marvelling at the horseless carriages and the wondrous moving picture boxes.
Tuesday 30 March 2010
You could read a lot into Noel Gallagher's choice to open his first solo show post-Oasis with "(It's Good) to Be Free". In a semi acoustic set for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the elder Gallagher brother, who was responsible for the majority of the band's song-writing, takes to his stool with less a swagger and more the quiet poise of a professional performer at his ease.
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