"You felt so inspired to do it again, but it turns out you only get to do it once," Liam laments on the strongest single from his new album "Why Me Why Not?." His voice is as strong as it has been in years, worn with age, with more wisdom than the bravado he became known for fronting the biggest English band of the 90's.
Is the new album as good as anything from Oasis's legendary run? No, probably not, but that's not the point. The point is that Liam is back, making the kind of music that only a Gallagher can make, and he seems to understand that those old heights are unreachable. Instead, he's looking back with appreciation. When he sings a line like "I think it's true what people say that the dream is borrowed/you give it back tomorrow," its easy to feel the nostalgia for the good old days. If the melody and performance weren't so strong, it would be little more than a footnote to his career. Instead, it's a worthy addition to a legendary catalog. Liam is back to stay, and Rock'n'Roll is a much better place for it.