Time Flies... 1994-2009

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jul 20, 2010

For 16 years, Oasis were Britain's ultimate rock gods, filling stadiums and regularly (and somewhat absurdly) topping "best album of all-time" lists. Still, these gods were hardly infallible ― the quality of songs on this 27-track best-of collection differs greatly, and many sag under the weight of the Gallaghers' inflated egos. "Little by Little" is an insipid, Bic-waving arena ballad, while the pseudo-spiritual "Who Feels Love?" comes across as a parody of psychedelia rather than a genuine embodiment of it. When Oasis set aside their delusions of grandeur and crank the amps however, the results are magical: the fuzzed-out "Supersonic" is gleeful nonsense about a "girl named Elsa who's into Alka Seltzer" and the hooks on "Don't Look Back in Anger" are unforgettable. Unfortunately, the stinkers overshadow these knockouts, and listeners looking for the best of Oasis would be better served by either of their first two albums.

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