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As You Were

Liam Gallagher

As You Were

Debut solo album from the former Oasis member, produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Kelly Clarkson) and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Tom Odell, Hurts)

ADM rating[?]

6.5

Label
Warner Bros
UK Release date
06/10/2017
US Release date
06/10/2017
  1. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    On As You Were, Liam Gallagher proves that brashness is justified
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  2. 8.0 |   Q

    The album’s score-settling menace gives it a thrilling sense of purpose. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It’s by some stretch the best Liam-fronted outing in two decades. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   NME

    Welcome back Liam – never leave us again
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    The best post-Oasis album from either Gallagher to date
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  6. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Liam Gallagher isn’t fucking around on As You Were, and it shows
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  7. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    If the album is a few steps shy of his old band's best, it has Gallagher writing like he means it and singing like his dream isn't over
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  8. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Finds the singer sounding as self-assured and focused as someone with a string of records under their own banner
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  9. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Solidly crafted but with few surprises. Print edition only

  10. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Sees Liam Gallagher far surpassing even the most hopeful of expectations
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  11. 7.0 |   The Music

    Not a departure from Gallagher's oeuvre and screams solipsism at times. Yet still marks his high point since Oasis' 2009 implosion and is strong enough to suit the current '90s revival just fine
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  12. 7.0 |   music OMH

    NEW Gallagher is never going to win awards for originality, but he has definitely progressed musically with this solo debut
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  13. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Unmistakably glistens with the signs of a Liam Gallagher creation: it’s riddled with Beatles references and sass, but above all, it wields the guitar as an unstoppable force to be reckoned with
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  14. 6.7 |   Paste Magazine

    The singer plays to his strengths, and it works
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  15. 6.0 |   DIY

    Seemingly a glorified way of killing time until he and Noel eventually kiss and make up
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  16. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There’s precious little danger of any new converts, but the Stone Island disciples will see this as a second coming of sorts
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  17. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Wheels are hardly reinvented here, but there’s a recognisable ring to these songs that will snag the attention whether you want it to or not
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  18. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Following the largely insipid twinklings of his Beady Eye, As You Were suggests that, given the right conditions and appropriate collaborators, Liam Gallagher could become a more potent force than expected
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  19. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The younger Gallagher now has better ballads than Noel – but his lyrics will have you beating your head against a table
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  20. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    As You Were is full of tunes that sound perfectly fine wedged in between those Oasis hits in the set, which are the real price of admission for anyone these days anyway
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  21. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    As convincing as Liam Gallagher is when he audaciously boasts that he's "got the Midas touch" early on in the album, As You Were doesn't ever quite turn to gold
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  22. 6.0 |   The FT

    That unimaginable prospect, Liam Gallagher’s mature phase, is off to a strong start
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  23. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Swampy, insouciant, soaring — with far better guitars than Noel would have managed — the album opener Wall of Glass is the best thing he’s done in years
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  24. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Gallagher gets bogged down in over-egged schmaltz on the self-penned Universal Gleam, and the anthemic For What It’s Worth is a shameless hat-tip to Don’t Look Back in Anger
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  25. 5.0 |   Clash

    Liam Gallagher may well make a great solo artist, but ‘As You Were’ sadly does little to suggest it will be any time soon
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  26. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Some bits are alright, other bits are terrible, but it’ll be enough to keep him talking
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  27. 4.9 |   Pitchfork

    Fails to match the charm of his cantankerous public persona
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  28. 4.0 |   Crack

    While As You Were is all a bit Primal-Scream-do-the-Stones and forgotten-British-Invasion-psych-toffs-do-the-Beatles, it’s just about fine in a sort of XFM way
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