Noel Gallagher has responded to a negative review of his new album.
Following the album’s release, a review by The Irish Times described Noel’s record as “a dried up oasis of dross”, giving the record one star out of five.
Reviewer Ian Maleney wrote of ‘Who Built the Moon?’: “There are musical gestures here that would be a cause of embarrassment if you heard them played by a gang of black-clad teenagers at a Saturday afternoon battle of the bands in a rural parish hall.”
“It’s the stale, musty sound of a glorified pub band going through the motions. Rock is dead; this is a pantomime,” he added.
Sharing a screenshot of the review on Instagram, Noel responded by joking: “That’s me told then!!”, adding: “See what they did there with the headline?” See his post below.
NME‘s Mark Beaumont gave the album four out of five stars, describing the record as “a grand sonic expansion… enshrouded in a kind of sepia rock dream-haze and one big lyrical air-punch”.
“It’s Noel’s freewheeling solo freedom and return-to-mega-form song-writing that makes this amongst the albums of the year,” Beaumont writes. “Noel shoots for ‘…The Moon’, and strikes bullseye.”
Last week, Noel dismissed claims he’d “coordinated” his album release with Liam for “publicity”. He stated: “It’s slightly annoying. My shit is not reacting [to Liam’s album]. It’s not reactionary on that level to anybody’s.
“When your record’s ready, it goes, and that’s the end of it, and if it’s near to the other fellow’s, then that’s it,” he said.