Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds ¦ Council Skies

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2023

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Council Skies is the fourth studio album by English rock band Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Produced by Noel Gallagher and longtime engineer Paul Stacey, it was released on 2 June 2023, through Gallagher's label Sour Mash Records.[1] It is the first album Gallagher has recorded in his own recording studio: Lone Star Studios with string sessions taking place at Abbey Road Studios in April 2022. Five singles were released from the album: "Pretty Boy", "Easy Now", "Dead to the World", "Open the Door, See What You Find" and the title track "Council Skies".

Background

Gallagher began demoing the album in late 2021 with sessions commencing at Lone Star Studios in January 2022. Johnny Marr features on three tracks on the album, including lead single: "Pretty Boy".[2]

Gallagher has described the album as "going back to the beginning. Daydreaming, looking up at the sky and wondering about what life could be…". When discussing the album title, Gallagher said "The title comes from a book by the artist Pete McKee. I was writing the song which was to become Council Skies, but it wasn't called Council Skies. There's a bit in the song when I was writing it, where a phrase was missing - I didn't know what that phrase was gonna be." He went on to say: "Pete's book happened to be on my coffee table at home. So I called him up and said, Can I use this title? And he said yeah. And I rewrote the song and then subsequently a lot of other things started to fall into place.".[3]

Artwork and cover

The artwork is taken by Kevin Cummins and features the band's live equipment set up on the original centre spot of where Manchester City's Maine Road football stadium once stood.

Singles

On 31 October 2022, the song "Pretty Boy" was released as the first single. On 17 January 2023, "Easy Now" was released as the album's second single. On 23 March 2023, "Dead to the World" was released as the album's third single. On 20 April 2023, "Council Skies" was released as the album's fourth single. On 31 May 2023, "Open the Door, See What You Find" was released as the album's fifth single.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.6/10[4]
Metacritic81/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[6]
American Songwriter[7]
Clash8/10[8]
The Independent[9]
NME[10]
Rolling Stone UK[11]

Council Skies received critical acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from publications, the album received an average score of 81 based on 11 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[5]

Emma Harrison of Clash wrote of 'Council Skies' that it was 'Surefooted, revelatory, well-rounded and emotionally deep, ‘Council Skies’ cements his reputation as one of the best songwriters the UK has ever produced. This collection of songs is one of his finest post-Oasis offerings, and it feels like the album that Noel and his High Flying Birds have been aching to make'.[8]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Noel Gallagher, except tracks 3 and 13 of the bonus CD, written by John Lennon and Bob Dylan respectively[12]

Council Skies track listing
No.TitleLength
1."I'm Not Giving Up Tonight"4:06
2."Pretty Boy"4:48
3."Dead to the World"4:09
4."Open the Door, See What You Find"3:59
5."Trying to Find a World That's Been and Gone: Part 1"2:57
6."Easy Now"3:52
7."Council Skies"4:39
8."There She Blows!"3:56
9."Love Is a Rich Man"4:21
10."Think of a Number"5:41
Total length:43:00
Bonus track on the limited CD edition
No.TitleLength
11."We're Gonna Get There In the End"4:13
Bonus track on the Japanese CD
No.TitleLength
11."Easy Now" (Acoustic)3:36
Bonus 7" on the limited LP edition
No.TitleLength
1."We're Gonna Get There In the End"4:13
2."Pretty Boy" (Acoustic)4:47
Bonus CD on the Deluxe edition
No.TitleLength
1."Don't Stop..."4:45
2."We're Gonna Get There In the End"4:13
3."Mind Games"4:32
4."Pretty Boy" (Instrumental)4:50
5."Dead to the World" (Instrumental)4:13
6."Council Skies" (Instrumental)4:42
7."Think of a Number" (Instrumental)5:46
8."I'm Not Giving Up Tonight" (David Holmes Remix)5:42
9."Think of a Number" (Pet Shop Boys Magic Eye 12" Remix)5:12
10."Pretty Boy" (Robert Smith Remix)5:43
11."Council Skies" (The Reflex Revision)5:25
12."Flying on the Ground" (Radio 2 Session, 08/09/21)3:14
13."You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (Radio 2 Session, 08/09/21)2:17
14."Live Forever" (Radio 2 Session, 08/09/21)4:49
Total length:108:00

Personnel

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

  • Noel Gallagher – vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar (all tracks), electric guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13), bass guitar (tracks 2, 5, 10, 11), baritone guitar (tracks 9, 11, 13), piano (tracks 3, 12) mellotron (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 12), percussion (tracks 22, 23, 24)
  • Gem Archer – acoustic guitar (tracks 1), electric guitar (tracks 1, 12), baritone guitar (tracks 1, 12), mouth organ (tracks 23)
  • Russ Pritchard – bass guitar (tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 12, 22, 23)
  • Chris Sharrock – drums (tracks 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 13)
  • Mikey Rowe - keyboards (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 22, 23, 24)
  • Jess Greenfield - backing vocals (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Charlotte Marionneau - percussion (tracks 1, 4, 8)

Additional musicians

  • Johnny Marr – electric guitar (tracks 2, 4, 7)
  • Paul Stacey – electric guitar (tracks 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13), baritone guitar (tracks 1, 9), Mellotron (tracks 1, 8), piano (track 4), bass guitar (tracks 6, 8, 9, 11, 13)
  • Jeremy Stacey – drums (tracks 2, 6, 7, 9, 11), percussion (tracks 6, 7)
  • Callum Marinho – the tube (tracks 1, 3, 4, 8, 11, 24), keyboards (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 13), drum machines (track 2), glockenspiel (track 3), Mellotron (tracks 5, 8, 9), percussion (track 7), piano (track 12)
  • Clement St. Leonard – percussion (tracks 1–13), the funk box (track 2), tubular bells (tracks 3, 4), sound effects (tracks 5, 6, 8, 9, 11), keyboards (track 6)
  • Alistair White – trombone (tracks 1, 9)
  • Graeme Blevins – saxophone (tracks 1, 7)
  • Steve Hamilton – saxophone (tracks 1, 7, 12)
  • Tom Walsh – trumpet (tracks 1, 7, 9)
  • Joe Auckland – trumpet (tracks 1, 7)
  • Ben Edwards – trumpet (track 12)
  • Mark Frost – bass trombone (tracks 1, 7, 9)
  • Geraint Watkins – accordion (track 3)
  • Phillip Woods, Ruth O'Reilly, Franciso Gomez, Derryck Nasib – French horn (track 5)
  • Daniel Higham, Thomas Dunnett, Pete North – trombone (track 5)
  • Jody Linscott, Peter Eckford, Gary Hammond – percussion (track 7)
  • The Wired Strings – strings (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11)
  • Emre Ramazanoglu – drums (track 18)
  • Keefus Ciancia – keyboards (track 18)
  • Jason Falkner – bass guitar (track 18)
  • Pet Shop Boys – additional vocals (track 19)
  • Robert Smith – guitar and piano (track 20)
  • Jason Cooper – drums (track 20)
  • Johnny Copland – live bass (track 21)

Backing vocalists

  • Roxys (Piney Gir, Amy Ashworth, Emma Brammer)
  • Louise Clare Marshall
  • Andrea Grant
  • Lucita Jules

Production

  • Noel Gallagher, Paul 'Strangeboy' Stacey – production
  • Callum Marinho – mixing and engineering
  • Beau Blaise – additional engineering
  • Matt Colton – mastering
  • Rosie Danvers, assisted by Tommy Danvers – string arrangements
  • Alistair White – brass arrangements

Design

  • Noel Gallagher – artwork design and concept
  • Matthew Cooper – layout
  • Kevin Cummins – artwork photography

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[35]Silver60,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ "Noel Gallagher goes back to his roots on new album". RTÉ. 17 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Noel Gallagher announces new album 'Council Skies', shares single 'Easy Now'". NME. 17 January 2023.
  3. ^ "Where did Noel Gallagher get the album title Council Skies from?". Radio X. 17 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Council Skies by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Council Skies by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2 June 2023). "Noel Gallagher, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – Council Skies Album Reviews, Songs & More". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 3 June 2023. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  7. ^ Horowitz, Hal (1 June 2023). "Review: Who Needs an Oasis Reunion When You Have Noel Gallagher's 'Council Skies'?". American Songwriter. Archived from the original on 3 June 2023. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  8. ^ a b Harrison, Emma (31 May 2023). "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – Council Skies". Clash. Archived from the original on 31 May 2023. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  9. ^ Brown, Helen (1 June 2023). "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Council Skies review: Oasis brother relaxes into big, bittersweet tunes". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2 June 2023. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  10. ^ Smith, Thomas (2 June 2023). "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – 'Council Skies' review: brighter than before". NME. Archived from the original on 2 June 2023. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  11. ^ Reilly, Nick (1 June 2023). "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'Council Skies' review: some of the best post-Oasis songs yet". Rolling Stone UK. Archived from the original on 12 June 2023. Retrieved 21 July 2023.
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Artist(s)

Veröffentlichungen von Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

Back The Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011-2021) ¦ Council Skies

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds ist eine britische Rockband um den ehemaligen Oasis-Musiker Noel Gallagher. Sie wurde 2011 gegründet.

Geschichte

Am 6. Juli 2011 verkündete Noel Gallagher, der frühere Leadgitarrist der Britpop-Band Oasis, auf einer Pressekonferenz, dass sein erstes Solo-Studioalbum am 17. Oktober 2011 erscheinen und den Titel Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds tragen würde. Dies ist auch der Name der Live-Band, mit der Gallagher auf Tour geht und die seine neue Formation wurde.

Das erste Deutschlandkonzert in neuer Formation gab Noel Gallagher mit den High Flying Birds im Kölner Palladium am Sonntag, den 4. Dezember 2011. Dieses Konzert wurde vom WDR zur Ausstrahlung im Rockpalast aufgezeichnet.[1] Am 7. Dezember 2011 war Gallagher mit seiner Band zu Gast in der Harald Schmidt Show und spielte den Song If I Had a Gun.

Im März 2012 kamen Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds noch einmal nach Deutschland und spielten Konzerte in Hamburg, Berlin und München.[2][3]

Gallaghers zweites Soloalbum wurde ebenfalls bereits auf der Pressekonferenz vom 6. Juli 2011 angekündigt, als Zusammenarbeit mit dem Elektronik-Duo Amorphous Androgynous. Am 29. Februar 2012 wurde das erste gemeinsame Lied Shoot a Hole into the Sun als B-Seite auf der Single Dream On veröffentlicht.[4] Gleichzeitig gab Gallagher bekannt, dass der ursprüngliche Erscheinungstermin für das gemeinsame Album nicht eingehalten werden könne und es voraussichtlich erst 2013 erscheint.[5]

Am 27. Februar 2015 erschien das zweite Album von Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Chasing Yesterday. Danach tourte die Gruppe ausgiebig durch Europa, Japan und die USA. Am 25. September 2015 folgte mit Where the City Meets the Sky – Chasing Yesterday – The Remixes ein Remix-Album mit allen Songs von Chasing Yesterday. Das dritte Album Who Built the Moon? erschien am 24. November 2017.

Ein Best-Of Album der Band namens Back The Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011 - 2021) mit der Singleauskopplung We are on our way now erschien am 11. Juni 2021.

Im Oktober 2022 erschien die Single Pretty Boy. Mit der darauffolgenden Single Easy Now kündigte Gallagher sein viertes Soloalbum Council Skies offiziell an. Mit Dead To The World, Council Skies sowie Open The Door, See What You Find erschienen weitere Singleauskopplungen, ehe das Album am 2. Juni 2023 erschien.

Diskografie

Studioalben

JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[6]
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
Anmerkungen
 DE AT CH UK US
2011Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsDE11
(5 Wo.)DE
AT16
(4 Wo.)AT
CH10
(5 Wo.)CH
UK1
Dreifachplatin
×3
Dreifachplatin

(60 Wo.)UK
US28
(2 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 16. Oktober 2011
2015Chasing YesterdayDE5
(4 Wo.)DE
AT8
(3 Wo.)AT
CH4
(5 Wo.)CH
UK1
Platin
Platin

(44 Wo.)UK
US35
(1 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 27. Februar 2015
2017Who Built the Moon?DE17
(2 Wo.)DE
AT15
(1 Wo.)AT
CH9
(3 Wo.)CH
UK1
Platin
Platin

(34 Wo.)UK
US48
(1 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 24. November 2017
2023Council SkiesDE8
(3 Wo.)DE
AT13
(2 Wo.)AT
CH11
(2 Wo.)CH
UK2
Silber
Silber

(8 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: 2. Juni 2023

Quellen

  1. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: Köln, Palladium – 4. Dezember 2011
  2. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. In: Die Zeit. 28. Februar 2012
  3. Noel Gallagher in München: Don’t Look Back in Anger. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. 12. März 2012
  4. Noel Gallagher unveils first track from Amorphous Androgynous sessions. In: NME. 29. Februar 2012
  5. Noel Gallagher: ‘Amorphous Androgynous collaboration unlikely to be out until next year’. In: NME. 15. Februar 2012
  6. Chartquellen: DE AT CH UK US