[7 September 2011]
PopMatters Associate Music Editor
If you were hoping that Noel Gallagher’s split from Oasis would liberate him from the meat-and-potatoes approach to Britpop advocated by little brother Liam, you need to just keep waiting. Though Noel was an Oasis member more prone to experimentation, this new a-side just brings us back to one of the weaker moments on Don’t Believe The Truth—only with a horn section. Recycling is one thing, never finding a natural sense of flow is another. His lament that “it’s a pity that the sunshine is followed by thunder” is offset when you flip the 7” over and hear him admit that “I don’t care for the sunshine.” The up-tempo b-side “The Good Rebel” is supposed to be an update of the Beatles’ single “Rain”, though you’ll probably enjoy the song more if you forget about this little delusion of grandeur. Noel’s choices of a-sides have always been iffy, so the lackluster nature of The Death of You and Me really shouldn’t concern anyone.