Chasing Yesterday (album)

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Chasing Yesterday
Chasing Yesterday cover art.jpg
Studio album by
Released25 February 2015 (2015-02-25)
Recorded2014 (2014) at Strangeways and Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre
Length43:52
LabelSour Mash
ProducerNoel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds chronology
Songs from the Great White North...
(2012)
Chasing Yesterday
(2015)
Where the City Meets the Sky – Chasing Yesterday: The Remixes
(2015)
Singles from Chasing Yesterday
  1. "In the Heat of the Moment"
    Released: 17 November 2014
  2. "Ballad of the Mighty I"
    Released: 13 January 2015
  3. "Riverman"
    Released: 11 May 2015
  4. "Lock All the Doors"
    Released: 28 August 2015

Chasing Yesterday is the second studio album by the English rock band Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Written and produced by eponymous frontman Noel Gallagher, the album was recorded in 2014 at Strangeways and Abbey Road Studios in London. It was released on 25 February 2015 by Gallagher's record label Sour Mash Records, preceded by the singles "In the Heat of the Moment" and "Ballad of the Mighty I". Chasing Yesterday topped the UK Albums Chart in its first week of release.

Background[edit]

Noel Gallagher first confirmed that he was working on a follow-up to 2011's Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in August 2013 during an interview on sports radio station Talksport, stating: "I've got tons of songs left over from the last one. I'm writing, putting stuff together. Yeah, I'll definitely make another [album], that's for sure".[1] In October he revealed that he was ready to start recording the album, explaining that he was "just waiting now for availabilities of my band and producers" in order to begin.[2]

In February 2014, former Oasis producer Mark Coyle revealed that Gallagher had written between 50 and 60 songs for the new album, which he was in the process of "whittling down into an album".[3] Talking about the songs, he claimed that "Noel's new album is fucking great", comparing it in style to Oasis album Definitely Maybe (1994), and describing it as "seismic".[3]

Gallagher officially announced Chasing Yesterday on 13 October 2014 at a question-and-answer event hosted by Facebook in London, revealing the album's title, release date, track listing, supporting UK tour, and first two singles.[4]

Recording and production[edit]

Gallagher's regular producer Dave Sardy was unavailable to work on Chasing Yesterday, so the album was self-produced by the High Flying Birds frontman, who stated that he "enjoyed the freedom of [producing the album] but not the responsibility".[4]

Lead single "In the Heat of the Moment" was the final song recorded for the album.[4] Chasing Yesterday was completed by July 2014, but due to touring commitments and the reissues of Oasis albums it was held for release for several months, with Gallagher proclaiming that the wait was "beginning to do [his] head in".[5]

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr performed on the album's second single, "Ballad of the Mighty I". Speaking about the collaboration during the initial announcement of the album, Gallagher stated that "He's a very enthusiastic artist and I tried to get him to play on 'What a Life' ... He's a truly great guitarist and he has something that nobody else has. He's amazing, a top man."[4] Gallagher has claimed that Marr arrived to record his part for the track without having heard a demo, and that his contribution helped make the song "one of the best" he'd ever written.[6]

Promotion and release[edit]

The first music video from the album, for lead single "In the Heat of the Moment", was released on 23 October 2014.[7] The song was released as the first single from the album on 17 November, and entered the UK Singles Chart at number 26.[8] A music video was also released for the single's B-side, "Do the Damage", the following month.[9] "Ballad of the Mighty I" was released as the second single and third music video from the album the following year.[6] The third single to be released was "Riverman" in May 2015. Finally, the fourth single to be released is "Lock All The Doors" and was available on 7" vinyl from 28 August 2015 and will be backed with brand new song "Here's a Candle (for Your Birthday Cake)".[10]

The first concert tour in promotion of Chasing Yesterday was detailed during the initial announcement of the album in October 2014, with six shows confirmed in the UK and Ireland between 3 and 10 March 2015,[4] all of which sold out in minutes.[11] The shows saw Gallagher and the band accompanied by a choir and a horn section, and featured setlists including songs from former band Oasis, and both High Flying Birds albums.[12][13] A North American tour was also scheduled for May and June 2015.[14]

Title[edit]

The title of Chasing Yesterday was revealed during the album's official announcement on 13 October 2014.[4] Speaking during the announcement, Gallagher claimed that he "literally came up with it [a week earlier]", adding that "if [he] could change it [he] would change it".[15]

The title "Chasing Yesterday" appears in the lyrics to the track "While the Song Remains the Same."

Composition[edit]

Speaking about Chasing Yesterday in January 2015, Gallagher revealed that opening track "Riverman" is his favourite track on the album, and one of his favourite tracks he's written.[16] He also spoke about "The Right Stuff", comparing the style of the song to that of Queens of the Stone Age, The Rolling Stones and T. Rex.[16]

Gallagher told NME that "On the original running order 'The Mexican' wasn't on the album, but I felt it needed something there to lighten the mood a bit".[17]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[18]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[19]
American Songwriter4/5 stars[20]
The Daily Telegraph3/5 stars[21]
Digital Spy3/5 stars[22]
Exclaim!7/10 stars[23]
Mojo4/5 stars[24]
NME7/10 stars[25]
Pitchfork5.9/10[26]
Q4/5 stars[27]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[28]

Chasing Yesterday received positive reviews from music critics. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 68 based on 26 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[18]

Rolling Stone gave a positive review stating, "The greater appeal of Chasing Yesterday is in the way Gallagher, 47, now does reflection, loss and persistent optimism, leavening his usual power chords and pub-choir-ready choruses with a dusky, psychedelic churn that exposes the long, hidden thread running from early-Seventies Traffic to The Stone Roses." Mojo gave the album a 4/5 rating writing that, "While it may appear to arrive under a typically vague or clanging banner in the tradition of Dig Out Your Soul or Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, Chasing Yesterday is the most fittingly titled album to bear Noel Gallagher's name. The 47-year-old is in reflective lyrical mode, revealing his view from middle age, trying to find peace with the past, or (textbook mid-life crisis material) searching for a spectral, unattainable female."

NME awarded the album a score of 7/10 and commended Gallagher for blending his typical style with new influences "what do we expect from Noel Gallagher? Too much, probably, like all the other '90s Britrock titans who've never been adequately replaced. 'Chasing Yesterday' has its flaws, but they're far outnumbered by moments where it succeeds in catching up with its titular quarry. The past will never be a foreign country to Noel Gallagher, but from this vantage point, tomorrow is looking pretty rosy." Helen Brown, writing for The Telegraph gave Chasing Yesterday a score of 3/5 concluding "The USP of this record is its warmer, looser atmosphere. Songs begin with little studio scuffles, exhalations and murmurs. Then, in the middle there's an unexpectedly trippy little chill out number called The Right Stuff with a bassline that oozes with the retro-gloop of a lava lamp. Nice for Gallagher to stop chasing after yesterday for a while and just enjoy remembering it."

Chasing Yesterday won 'Best Album' at the 2015 Q Awards.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Noel Gallagher.

No.TitleLength
1."Riverman"5:41
2."In the Heat of the Moment"3:29
3."The Girl with X-Ray Eyes"3:20
4."Lock All the Doors"3:41
5."The Dying of the Light"5:11
6."The Right Stuff"5:27
7."While the Song Remains the Same"4:16
8."The Mexican"3:46
9."You Know We Can't Go Back"3:46
10."Ballad of the Mighty I"5:15
Total length:43:52

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[29] 8
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[30] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[31] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[32] 26
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[33] 12
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[34] 34
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[35] 8
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[36] 35
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[37] 5
Irish Albums (IRMA)[38] 1
Irish Independent Albums (IRMA)[39] 1
Italian Albums Chart[40] 5
Japanese Albums Chart[41] 10
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[42] 12
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[43] 12
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[44] 22
Scottish Albums (OCC)[45] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[46] 49
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[47] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[48] 1
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[49] 1
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[50] 1
UK Albums Physical Chart[51] 1
UK Albums Streaming Chart[52] 4
UK Vinyl Albums Chart[53] 4
US Billboard 200[54] 35
US Top Digital Albums[54] 18
US Top Independent Albums[54] 4
US Top Rock Albums[54] 8
US Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums[54] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[55] Platinum 311,000[56]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Version(s) Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
Japan 25 February 2015 Standard CD, digital download Sour Mash [57][58]
Deluxe [59][60]
Germany 27 February 2015 Standard LP [61]
Deluxe CD, digital download [62][63]
Ireland Standard CD, LP, digital download [64]
Deluxe CD, digital download [65]
Netherlands Standard Digital download [66]
Deluxe [67]
Switzerland Deluxe [68]
United Kingdom 2 March 2015 Standard LP, digital download [69][70]
Deluxe CD, digital download [71][72]
France Standard LP [73]
Deluxe CD, digital download [74][75]
Italy Standard Digital download [76]
Sweden Standard [77]
Deluxe [78]
Canada 3 March 2015 Standard LP, digital download [79][80]
Deluxe CD, digital download [81][82]
United States Standard CD, LP, digital download [83][84][85]
Deluxe Digital download [86]
Australia 6 March 2015 Deluxe [87]
New Zealand Deluxe [88]

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