02 September 2019

Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1994)

25th anniversary of the release of a classic rock album: 29th August 1994: their debut studio album: was an immediate commercial and critical success in the UK: went straight to number one in the UK Albums Chart and became the fastest-selling debut album in the UK at the time.

It helped to spur a revitalisation in British pop music in the 1990s and was embraced by critics for its optimistic themes and supposed rejection of the grunge music of the time. The album is regarded as a seminal entry of the Britpop scene, and has appeared in many publications' lists of the greatest albums of all time.

Reviews were gushing:
- Noel Gallagher was called "a pop craftsman in the classic tradition and a master of his trade";
- a reviewer wrote: "It's like opening your bedroom curtains one morning and discovering that some f—er's built the Taj Mahal in your back garden and then filled it with your favourite flavour of Angel Delight. Yeah, that good."
- another noted: "For thousands of people, Definitely Maybe is What the World's Been Waiting For, a record full of songs to live to, made by a gang of reckless northern reprobates who you can easily dream of joining. If you don't agree it offers a dozen opportunities to believe that 1994 is the best year ever for pop/rock music, then you're... wrong"
- another wrote: "This is transcendental rock'n'roll music that celebrates the moment, not a moment."
- a review of the 2014 reissue said: "Twenty years on, Oasis' debut album remains one of the most gloriously loutish odes to cigarettes, alcohol and dumb guitar solos that the British Isles have ever coughed up"

Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1994)

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