Be Here Now

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Bob Waliszewski

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

The singer encourages listeners to “believe in life” (“D’You Know What I Mean”), look toward a brighter future (“It’s Gettin’ Better Man”) and share their optimism with others (“All Around the World”). Though the band is unsure how to address the God of creation, they acknowledge His existence (“D’You Know What I Mean,” “My Big Mouth”). Frontman Noel Gallagher wants to “make things right” in the wake of relational discord (“Don’t Go Away”), and admits he has “a lot of things to learn” about life (“Stand By Me”). Generally, uplifting messages.

Objectionable Content

Profanity mars “Be Here Now,” “The Girl in the Dirty Shirt” and “Don’t Go Away.” The otherwise upbeat “All Around the World” tells someone, “If you’re lost at sea, I hope that you’ve drowned.”

Summary Advisory

This amazingly popular band has shown steady improvement over its last few projects. Be Here Now is an optimistic step up. However, Gallagher and the boys still have room for growth, both in their lyrics and in their vain, boldly rebellious lifestyle, which has been well documented in the mainstream press.

Bob Waliszewski
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