Be Here Now - Sony 1997
Fortunately there are moments of pleasure too. "Don't Go Away" is an Oasis ballad like when they are best; a wonder this fine song was not released as a world-wide single. "Stand By Me" is almost as good, but it suffers a bit from going on for too long.
"All Around the World" is the perfect closing track. It has a fine acoustic intro and an extremely catchy chorus. Though it is the longest track on the album it really doesn't feel like it. I would have cut off 2-3 minutes, though. The Beatles-inspired "Girl in the Dirty Shirt" is also quite good.
The opening track, and the first single, "Do You Know What I Mean" may have sounded right in 1997, but the song has not aged very well, and it's more or less a drag listen though this overloaded and longwinded recording.
Most of the rockers are not up the standards of early Oasis. At a certain point Noel said something about remixing the album; that would really be interesting. I'm sure a much better album could come of that.