Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Edinburgh Playhouse ****
Sparse, panoramic opener Fort Knox eschewed a big chorus for a relentless wall of sound - a juggernaut of distortion kept familiar only by Gallagher’s minimal vocal. The glam stomp of Holy Mountain followed, replete with lusty horns and keening female voices rising above the frontman’s rat-a-tat delivery.
Current single Black Star Dancing was a delightful departure, groove-borne disco as if performed by The Who, with bold shades of David Bowie and even Queen. Rather more nondescript, the brand new track Rattling Rose was introduced as a B-side and made little impact, before Gallagher dredged up Talk Tonight from the Oasis catalogue - simple yet poignant.
The shift into mid-tempo chart toppers was smoothly done, with the martial beat pomp of The Importance of Being Idle filling the theatre, even if Little By Little felt a tad perfunctory. The melodic If I Had A Gun might as well be an Oasis track, and the short order arrival of The Masterplan, Wonderwall and Don’t Look Back In Anger delivered the finale everyone wanted to hear. - Jay Richardson