Now I like a bit of mainstream pop as much of the next man. As long as the next man is Noel Gallagher and the idea of a main stream pop band has at the minimum: a musician among their ranks.
We all know Noel was the driving heart of Oasis. He was the song writier, the tactician and the talent. And yet even I have to admit it, Liam was very good at being a rock star. The problem up to this point has been reconciling the two things. A rock star without hits or without a band is just a celebrity. I have quite a few problems with those.
Liam stayed funny, stayed in the spot light, stayed fashionable and connected but, he was in danger of there being a generation of kids who knew who he was but not why he was famous.
So it took a team or writers, a failed attempt and a decade in the wilderness for Liam to get his shit together and make a decent record in a post Oasis world. But as mainstream pop hits go, I’m sure even his big brother would agree, Wall of Glass is a banger.
It’s a harmonica led glam rock stomp that muscles it’s way into your field of vision with a bold and simple Pavlovian trick.
You let him have this. You let that ‘waaawaaawaa’ harp and the accusatory lyrics into you heads and he’ll repay you with the rush of a middle eight better than most choruses and a chorus like a terrace chant.
“You been keepin’ secrets in ya’, you’ve been keeping paraphernalia, oh I think you know anyone can walk up to ya’, anyone can see right through your eyes”
You only need to hear it twice and it’s locked in there for good. A month later near kicking out time you’d swear this tune was ‘your jam’. However, by the time you get to that chorus you know it’s not just yours
“And I don’t mean to be unkind but I see what’s in your mind and the stone you throw will turn back in its path one day you’ll shatter like a wall of glass
Waaaaaalllll of glaaaassssss”
That? That’s for everyone.
As you were.