It’s been 10 years since Oasis released their final album due to public family feuding between brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher. The band found a resurgence in popularity following 2005's Don't Believe the Truth and on Oct. 6, 2008, the band released their seventh studio album, Dig Out Your Soul - a loud, trippy, rock collection.
Dig Out Your Soul was recorded in the last quarter of 2007 into the first quarter of 2008. The band recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 2007 and almost didn’t because U2 had already booked the studio on credit - Oasis paid cash. Noel Gallagher had been re-visiting psychedelic trips of his youth and wanted to put them together in musical form after remembering all of them. Once the album was complete, it was shopped and in Aug. 2008, it was announced that Reprise Records would distribute the album.
Dig Out Your Soul turned into a monster of a sound. It could be best described as The Beatles on steroids. The psychedelic rock hits hard throughout the album with raging guitars spread out on songs like lead single “The Shock of Lightning” and the thunderous “To Be Where There’s Life.” Soul glides in a tripped out trance on “The Turning” and “Falling Down,” a song about calling out a higher power that is given up. “The Nature of Reality” brings out Noel Gallagher’s vision of what the record was to be before concluding with the drifting “Solider On.”
The album boasted only three singles. “The Shock of Lightning” was released on Sept. 22, 2008 as a download and a physical copy a week later. The song itself had its own energy as it was written and recorded quite fast and was not far from the demo version. The driving track reached No. 12 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart before second single “I’m Outta Time” followed. It was widely praised by both critics and fans though it didn’t have much commercial success including in the UK. “Time” failed to reach the top 10 on the UK Singles Chart ending Oasis’ 22 consecutive top 10 hits since 1994. “Falling Down” would complete the album’s commercial run.
There were additional songs recorded and released as well as other versions of songs. The Japanese edition included the foot-tapping “I Believe in All” as well as “The Turning (Alt. Version #4)” while the box set included “Lord Don’t Slow Me Down,” a rockabilly laced track that had been carried from the previous album. The set also featured the former two songs as well as an alternate version of “Waiting for the Rapture” and several remixes. “Those Swollen Hand Blues” appeared on the “Falling Down” single as a b-side while many other remixes could be found on those releases.
Following the Dig Out Your Soul era, both Gallagher brothers went on to do their own respective projects following Oasis disbanding. Liam Gallagher went on to be the front of the dissolved band Beady Eye which featured the remaining members of Oasis and then released his first solo album, As You Were, in October 2017. Noel Gallagher created Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and released his third album, Who Built the Moon? in November of 2017.
Listen to Dig Out Your Soul in its entirety below.