September 01, 1997 12:00 PM


With two classic albums in a row and the mantle they’ve earned as the band that broke Brit Pop in the U.S.A., the Oasis juggernaut was ready to hit a speed bump. Luckily the slowdown is minor on their third CD: A few songs drag and meander, and the talented (if shamelessly derivative) songwriter Noel Gallagher—his Beatles obsessions are legendary—is now even stealing from himself. Yet younger brother Liam has a voice that simply seethes with attitude, and the band excels at delivering taut, melodic pop anthems that immediately stick in your head. On the cataclysmic “D’You Know What I Mean?” or the snotty “My Big Mouth,” Oasis proves why they matter. (Epic)

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