Noel Gallagher's first solo album (and first post Oasis project) High Flying Birds is set for release this Friday 14th October to expectant ears, wondering if Noel will be able to repeat some of the success that he enjoyed in tandem with his brother during happier times.

"With this album, people are going to think it was a conscious decision to do something different," says Gallagher. "It wasn’t like that. This is what just came out. I won’t criticise anything about Oasis because I loved being in that band and I was in charge of it, but there was always the feeling: how will this go down in Wembley, with 70,000 people braying for good times? This time I didn’t have to think about that. I’ve got a guy playing wine glasses on one song, a saw on another. This is not Oasis. I don’t know what it is......yet."

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