'Truth' Be Told
Oasis attempts to recapture its mid-'90s Britpop glory days with "Don't Believe the Truth," due this week via Big Brother/Sony internationally and Epic in North America. The album is led by the single "Lyla," which went to No. 1 last week on the U.K. singles chart and peaked at No. 19 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart.
For the first time on an Oasis album, the songwriting credits are nearly evenly shared between Noel Gallagher and his brother, Liam, as well as bassist Andy Bell and guitarist Gem Archer. Cuban percussionist Lenny Castro guests on "Part of the Queue," which Noel claims "doesn't sound remotely like anything we've ever done before."
"Don't Believe the Truth" is the follow-up to 2002's "Heathen Chemistry," which debuted at No. 23 on The Billboard 200 and has sold a career-low 142,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But the set was a major U.K. hit, debuting at No. 1 on the territory's album chart.
The group will play six North American shows in June as a precursor to a longer tour in September.