Liam Gallagher Harkens Back to Classic Oasis Ballads With New Single
    • THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

    • Posted by: Jake Holzman

    Today, Liam Gallagher released the third single from his debut solo album, As You Were, and it's a total nostalgia trip. The song, titled "For What It's Worth," is reminiscent of some of the best britpop ballads of the 90s. In other words, it sounds like Liam Gallagher is trying to send us back in time to the release of What's the Story (Morning Glory), when we were first introduced to songs like "Wonderwall," "Don't Look Back in Anger," and "Champagne Supernova."

    The song is pretty straightforward, musically speaking. With all three of the singles released from As You Were, so far, Gallagher's really sticking to his assertion that the album won't be veering off in any crazy new experimental directions. Or, as he put it, "I didn't want to be reinventing anything or going off on space jazz odyssey." However, that's not really a bad thing. "For What It's Worth" works so well because of its simplicity, as well as Gallagher's clear John Lennon influence.

    Lyrically, the song has Gallagher throwing up his arms in defense ("I've been crucified for just being alive") and even dwelling in a little self deprecation ("It seems that I've forgot just what I was fighting for"). It sounds like Gallagher is trying to represent both sides of an intense argument, until the chorus, when he just wants the fighting to stop ("For what it's worth, I'm sorry for the hurt/ I'll be the first to say/ I made my own mistakes").

    As You Were comes out on October 6.

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