On Oasis' latest outing, the brothers Gallagher offer a little something for all the band's potential constituents: bluesy rockers (including lead single "The Hindu Times") that showcase a mixture of

On Oasis' latest outing, the brothers Gallagher offer a little something for all the band's potential constituents: bluesy rockers (including lead single "The Hindu Times") that showcase a mixture of T. Rex and Iggy Pop influences; midtempo, triple-A-primed crossover stabs; and loose Brit-pop numbers. All this said, the best moments, as always with Oasis, occur when the group simply reverts to type, as on the requisite anthem "Little by Little" and the Noel-fronted pop nugget "She Is Love." While the electronic flourishes and arrogant bombast that respectively marred the band's last two efforts are thankfully gone, there's nothing on Heathen Chemistry to suggest that the "Wonderwall" commercial glory days of the mid-'90s are coming back. Then again, that's beside the point. Oasis remains the most important band in the world right where it counts—in its own mind and in the minds of its rabid fans. Expect both camps to enjoy the new album.—BG