Britpop legend and ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has finally returned with his first ever solo song, Wall of Glass. After the demise of Oasis at the hands of Noel and Liam, the younger brother took the rest of the members and founded Beady Eye, and they were good in parts. Their first album was mediocre at best though and their second album, BE, hasn't stood the test of time very well. Despite only being a few years old. The 44 year old is one of the most outspoken, controversial celebrities that has ever seen a spec of limelight. Liam's brief hiatus from music has led to him revealing the album name (As You Were) months before release, claiming that the new music is so "Sex Pistols" and constantly referring to his brother as a potato. All of this has culminated in his first ever single as simply Liam Gallagher, leader, frontman and figurehead.
The song is undeniably a banger, with it's raucous drums and overpowering guitars throughout. It reminds me very much of Beady Eye's first album, with an added mix of Oasis' final album, Dig Out Your Soul. What astounds me most about this record is the fact that Liam's voice sounds better than it has since the late 90's. Many people were worried that his groggy, sulky voice on Beady Eye's final album was the result of years of pushing his vocals too far, smoking and not looking after himself. He's hit back on this record, harking back to Oasis' finer vocal moments like Live Forever and Champagne Supernova. Something else that is really evident on the track though is that classic Liam swagger, you can just imagine him hunching in front of the microphone, knees bent, arms tucked behind his back, singing this to 90,000 at Wembley and them singing it back to him. And that was exactly what Liam was hoping for with this track, he was never going to come back with a slow song, it was always going to be a toe tapping, crowd pleaser. Lyrically the song isn't perfect, it's no Married With Children, but it's a damn sight better than anything that Liam has ever written and that sign of progression has me incredibly excited for As You Were which is due to be released later this year. 10 more songs like this Liam and you've got a winner.