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Why Me? Why Not.

Liam Gallagher

Why Me? Why Not.

Second album album from the former Oasis singer, produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Kelly Clarkson)

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  1. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    This is top class indie rock n roll. And in many ways, it’s Liam personified. A triumph. The resurrection continues in a confounding fashion
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    A classic sequel that adds depth of character, this follow-up to Liam’s Platinum-selling debut is best when he's introspective. And wait ‘til Noel hears the “cosmic pop”
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  3. 8.0 |   Clash

    As one of the greatest frontmen in rock he shouldn’t have to change, even when the ambition to channel a greater, more ambitious outcome is there, and achieving a better, more ambitious record is the aim of Liam Gallagher and his cohorts on ‘Why Me? Why Not?’
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    Why Me? Why Not. is a triumph, one that proves As You Were was no fluke and that Lia Gallagher is well and truly back on track. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    There are a few other naff moments, but Gallagher's voice carries everything, sounding fantastic, high and bright in the mix. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Why Me? Why Not. proves once and for all that, when Liam is as good as he is here, there’s little reason for an Oasis reunion beyond pleasant if vaguely pointless nostalgia
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  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s what he does best, bringing overfamiliar rock ’n’ roll into the present day and giving it extra bite with that inimitable singing style. And now that he’s back on top, he’s doing it with the fullest confidence once more
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  8. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Don’t miss out on the resurgence of Liam Gallagher while you’re hoping against hope for the return of his former band
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  9. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The former Oasis frontman learns to trust his instincts on his sophomore effort
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  10. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    While most everyone figured Liam would be the one pandering for a reunion and crawling back time and again, Why Me? Why Not offers evidence that Our Kid is going to be just fine on his own
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  11. 7.0 |   DIY

    A man who knows what his people want
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  12. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    With the help of songwriting heavyweights, the ex-Oasis member’s sophomore solo effort is a hook-laden ream of nostalgia
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  13. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    The lasting, overall impression of Why Me? Why Not. is Liam Gallagher discovering a belief in himself as an artist rather than simply as a singer in a rock 'n' roll band
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  14. 7.0 |   All Music

    Gallagher isn't as potent a personality as he was a quarter-century earlier, but his middle-aged control has its charms, too. He sounds relaxed on Why Me? Why Not., maybe for the first time ever
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  15. 6.9 |   Paste Magazine

    The former Oasis frontman returns with his sophomore solo effort, one that quite resembles his 2017 debut
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  16. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Despite the disappointments of teasers like the Paul Weller-lite of "The River," it's a record that has a lot more to offer than basic rock 'n' roll but is equally happy giving you just that when the mood takes it
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  17. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    The former Oasis frontman’s second solo album is pitched as a reintroduction, but forward motion—whether musical or personal—remains foreign to him
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  18. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Why Me? Why Not. is pleasant without being particularly surprising
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  19. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Gallagher provides more crowd-pleasers for his sizable audience of 90s guitar-rock nostalgists – and with greater confidence
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  20. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Liam Gallagher, for all his flaws, can hold a tune, and Why Me Why Not is full of them
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  21. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Occasionally sizzling, often sentimental
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  22. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Why Me? Why Not. may be essentially flawed but it's still undeniably likeable
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  23. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This is Liam Gallagher at his most polished, happy to keep on playing the rock star part he’s best loved for, even if that means the music’s just fine
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  24. 4.0 |   The FT

    Recording picks up where its predecessor left off, but proceeds to retreat to blander terrain
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