It's Gonna Be Ok
I've heard "Be Here Now" dismissed so many times over the years as a bunch of drug-fueled nonsense. But, geez, it is Oasis we're listening to, isn't it? What do you expect? Truth is, audiences were expecting a Big Statement record at this point in Oasis' career and Be Here Now just didn't live up. (Oasis was partly to blame - the title alone helped ratchet up those expectations.) But, looking back, it's still an enjoyable listen for the most part. If you're only a casual Oasis fan, I recommend you start by unpacking "The Girl In The Dirty Shirt", "Don't Go Away", and the 9-minute epic "All Around The World". The latter is an example of everything right and wrong with Be Here Now. It's incredibly catchy, feels like something big and wonderful and will probably make you smile... until you realize it's all sauce and no meat. But if you can still appreciate its charms then I recommend you get the whole record. You'll probably be able to love it despite any obvious flaws. I know I do.