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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at the Boston Opera House — Show Review

There's a reason NME awarded Noel Gallagher the Godlike Genius Award, and it was on full display at the Opera House in Boston on June 6. At first it seemed pretty much business as usual. Gallagher and his band of High Flying Birds walked out, pickup their gear and tore into “Do the Damage.”

Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds — 'Chasing Yesterday'

Noel Gallagher is back with his second solo album, Chasing Yesterday, and, for good or for bad, it’s mostly typical Noel Gallagher. Trust me, it’s definitely a good thing.

Review: Snow Patrol — 'Fallen Empires'

Snow Patrol’s sixth album, Fallen Empires, delivers what most fans have come to expect over the years. It’s not the leap a band like Coldplay had attempted; instead, it is a subtle tweak to their style with hope of bringing something slightly new. Singer Gary Lightbody and gang appear to be inspired by U2 and R.E.M. throughout.

Review: Coldplay — 'Mylo Xyloto'

Either Coldplay’s fifth release, Mylo Xyloto, is an evolution -- or at least an attempt to make it sound as if it were. It really just depends on which side the fence you stand. If you like your bands to try new things so the routine doesn’t get old, you’ll consider it an evolution. If you think Coldplay's best moment was "Yellow,” then you are going to be lost in the many variations of a band stuck in the middle of the past and what might be the future.

Review: Kasabian — 'Velociraptor!'

Kasabian never seem to start slowly. They always seem to be shot out of a cannon. And when you name your album Velociraptor! (with an exclamation point), you'd better be. Kasabian said they’d do something different from West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, and they were kind of right. “Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To” could have easily fit on the last album. “Man of Simple Pleasure” would have also fit happily on West Ryder with its cool, laid-back style that launches into a gorgeous chorus.

Review: Noel Gallagher — 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'

What do you say that hasn’t been said about Noel Gallagher -- or that he hasn’t already said himself? He was the chief songwriter for Oasis and put British rock back on the map after The Beatles were done invading. High Flying Birds is far more mellow than anything you’ve heard, beginning to end, from Oasis. Is that because the hard-charging Liam isn’t howling out the lyrics, or is it that we’ve found a much more mellow Noel? Seems a bit of both.

Interview: Former Oasis Frontman Noel Gallagher Discusses His New Solo Album, 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'

Noel Gallagher might have joined his brother’s band, Oasis. But he also became its creative force. Noel’s gift for writing hit songs put Oasis on the map in the early '90s. Their 1995 album, What’s The Story (Morning Glory), which featured the hits “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and propelled the band to international stardom.

Interview: Former Oasis Guitarst Gem Archer Discusses Beady Eye's New Album, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'

Anyone who is familiar with British rock knows all too well the antics of the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel. Their love/hate relationship made for great music and press during Oasis' 18-year run. But in August 2009, the brothers called it quits, and Beady Eye was born. Their debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, was released in February.