Rock band Oasis have joined the digital revolution in the music industry by releasing their first download-only single.
Following Radiohead’s digital album release last week, the Manchester group have made “Lord Don’t Slow Me Down” exclusively available from their website Oasisinet.com, either as a single track or as a package with two live performances - Don’t Look Back In Anger and The Meaning Of Soul.
However, unlike Radiohead’s In Rainbows, they are charging a fixed price, with the single costing 99p and the three-track bundle £1.50.
The single shares its name with a documentary film of their 2005/6 world tour, which is scheduled to be released on DVD at the end of October.
Despite their ongoing popularity, critics of the band argue that in the last few years, Oasis have failed to hit the creative heights of their early albums. So what do reviewers make of their new venture into cyberspace?
John Murphy at MusicOMH.com thinks the single is a return to form, describing it as a “cracking little tune” and even though he feels it is “nothing radical”, when it is “cranked to full volume it sounds superb”.
Mark Wilkins at ClickMusic.com agrees. ”It’s three minutes of pure out-and-out rock and roll” he enthuses, adding “It’s what we love them for, it’s why we still care”.
However, Amir at the BBC.co.uk collective is not so convinced. “It sounds exactly the same as every ‘heavy’ single Oasis have released since Go Let It Out” he complains.
Personally, I like “Lord Don’t Slow Me Down” a lot. It has none of the clinical, slightly cynical edge their more recent work has displayed, instead turning out a brash sound that is far more raw and emotive. And for a first download-only single, it is pleasingly, amusingly low-fi.
For me, I have always felt that Oasis never quite reached the foot-stomping, head-shaking delirium of Blur (Where is their Song 2, for example?), yet this goes some way to showing they still have the capability.