10 Best Manchester Albums Of The 2010s

10. Who Built The Moon? - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (2017)

While he hasn’t lived in Manchester since his Oasis days, Noel Gallagher has done the city proud with his best songwriting since (What's The Story) Morning Glory?

While Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' 2011 self-titled debut and 2015's Chasing Yesterday were welcome familiar sounding commercial successes, Who Built The Moon should be applauded for being bold and brave in straying away from the Oasis sound.

From the jaunty 1970s-like single Holy Mountain, to the psychedelic alarm clock in Fort Knox, Noel even manages to pull off putting in a harmonica and some sleigh bells into the heartbreak ballad If Love Is the Law. The haunting acoustic fan favourite Dead in the Water rounds off a genuine leap at artistic greatness for the Birds, as Noel proves he just doesn’t give a f*ck anymore about that Oasis reunion.

This is obviously an album made by a rich guy with not much left to say, but the experimental instrumentation speaks for itself, imprinting a glamorous, spacey feel on the listener.

The only Gallagher brother entry on the list, this album begs the question as to whether Oasis really was holding Noel Gallagher back.

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