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So my review of the new Oasis album "Dig Out Your Soul" was posted to a fan Web site here, and it's generating a lot of email.

No jokes about being surprised that Oasis fans can write, please. They deserve their say, and it follows the jump.

And these in from over the transom:

Your Oasis review was an absolutely terrible piece of music journalism my friend. -- Adam Henzell


I have just read your review in the Chicago paper of
the latest Oasis album.

I can safely say that your review of the latest oasis
album is poor in it's content, it's insulting, you
continually use poor grammar and above all you show no
(or limited) reference to the music at hand.

I seriously question your ability to conduct a music

I thought Q Magazine had amateur music journalists,
but you have eclipsed even them.

For the record i live just north of Manchester. I
have a good honest knowledge of all tastes of music
since the 1960s.

You my friend must live under a rock. Paul Heyworth


You are hopeless; thank God you're an American. Your pathetic analysis on oasis's latest album shows you bloody late of intelligent effort. How Earn Chong


In reading your ridiculous review of the new Oasis cd, I thought I would ask if you could take off your helmet while listening to the cd's you review?

So unbuckle that chin-strap and dig in Jim. I already purchased the new Oasis cd with my hard earned cash and I was greatly rewarded!

Just like the millions of other smart listeners around the globe that purchase our cd's by choice. Your pathetic dribble does not hold any barring on the people who have great taste in music.

Just like you could not be bothered to break a sweat doing your job for the Chicago Sun Times. I and millions of other fans are so thankful that Oasis put in the hard work to give us DIG OUT YOUR SOUL!

Best wishes -- Steven Brown, FIVE STARS

Jim DeRo responds: My star rating was given on the Sun-Times' FOUR-STAR scale. Five stars is impossible.


Dear Jim,

I bet you love getting emails like this. Critics always seem to thrive on being negative. I would just like to respond to your review with some of my words for you.

Some background on me, I became a fan of Oasis in 1994 after hearing their first single. I am a huge Beatles fan and upon hearing Supersonic I was sold. In my mind they picked up (even down to the haircut) where the Beatles left off. I respected that. In a world of grunge, they brought a new positive sound and a respect for their influences, that they were not scared to announce.

I would like to tell you that I have been waiting for this album for YEARS. After 1997's Be Here Now, Oasis lost many many steps along with themselves. Each album since '97 showed promise....but in the end I was left with a luke warm feeling. Eleven years after Be Here Now, finally Oasis is back. This album is wonderful. It is powerful and upbeat.....a symphony for the ears.

My comments for you, Of course the album sounds like classic artists....that is what we call INFLUENCES! Most Oasis songs don't have deep WORKS though...the melody carries the lyrics.

I bought a copy of this album for a coworker who loves music. He is former studio drummer trained in classical and jazz styles. He loves all music and always asks for new material to listen too. He is older and did not know much about OASIS. When he listened to the album he came to me with a smile from ear to ear and called Dig Out Your Soul candy for the of the best albums he has heard in a while!

I would like if you would read a review of the album from a colleague in your industry. He actually could look past the band's public demeanor and gave an impartial review.

Unfortunately, mainstream music in the USA has gotten to you. You cannot look past the bubble gum and dollar signs. We live in a country where R&B and Bubblegum rule. Back in the early 90's oasis' success most likely has put them in that category in your mind. If you could have just been impartial and let the music do the talking.....that would have been wonderful.

99% of reviewers have done what I said giving the album positive reviews. The music will speak for itself and get the recognition it deserves. Dig out your soul will most likely enter at #5 on the Billboard 200 this week. The band's highest ranking since 1997's Be Here Now. That again, is purely based on the band's EFFORT and delivery of a proper album.

I would like if you responded to my email

Sincerely -- Eric Fox


Dear Jim-

Your review of the new Oasis album Dig Out Your Soul was absolutely appalling. I found this album a refreshing listen. It actually has the feel of an "LP" it. Every band is going to sound or be influenced by another band one way or another. Oasis just have the confidence to do so shamelessly. Furthermore, your review was lazy and predictable. The music scene desperately needs an Oasis. And you seriously want to accuse a band of not breaking a sweat? Look at you? When is the last time you gave a fuck about your appearance you fat fuck? When is the last time your diet was quality? When is the last time you put the effort to consistently exercise? Before you accuse people of lack of effort, look at yourself first. If you do want to take the time to give a shit about your lifestyle, let me know, I own a Fitness/Nutrition Company. I will be happy to sort you out.

Chris Farley Forever -- Brent Bitner


Jim, Why do you even bother to write about Oasis? You clearly do NOT like this band? Why should YOU take it upon yourself to negatively impact the opinions of young kids looking to listen to something completely different from the soft / white bread bed wetter music of Coldplay or Daughtry. So they steal inspiration, riffs and lyrics from their heroes....SO WHAT!!! Not a crime. NOT EVEN CLOSE. Maybe fans should be forced to listen to the UNLISTENABLE garbage of Little Thom Yorke? He can't come up with anything the radio will play anymore - has he made anyting relevant since 1997? he records unlistenable garbage. You probably love little Thom. Or Chris Martin and his oh so obvious U2 meets Thom Yorke fetish. You seem to take joy in beating up the Gallaghers, good thing for you they don't repay you with the same. This is a working class band that makes songs for the masses. Get over it. It's because of snotty / snobby reporters like yourself
that this band can't get the pub it deserves in the US. You'd all rather promote / support Three Doors Down, Daughtry and when you feel like stepping out of your little box, you really extend yourself and go gaga for My Morning Jacket. I recall you are the same, gulp, "journalist" that always berates Ryan Adams fitting that Ryan is supporting the best band in the World...OASIS. I could go on and on about EVERYTHING you obviously missed about Dig Out Your Soul...but it really isn't worth my time. How come people that DON'T play an instrument can be paid to CRITICIZE those that do...shameful. --Patrick Sullivan


Hey jim maybe you should go 2 the gym and work out 2 the new oasis cd.
And dig out your fat.
Clearly you are outta shape.
Its a great record 2 workout 2.
I'm sure ur family would support my thoughts.
By the way,what did u give coldplays record?
Because that my friend is a garbage record. -- Davey 1579



I recently read the review you wrote for "Dig Out Your Soul", the new Oasis album. I was left feeling that the review was lazy and therefor hypocritical. You seem to be of the opinion that Oasis are a 'lazy band', yet you use the exact phrasing as a number of the other reviewers who have criticized this album. You claim that Oasis are ripping off their influences and not showing creativity, yet your review shows many similar traits.

I feel like you begun this review with preconceived ideas about what you would hear in this album and that these preconceived notions caused your review to suffer from bias. You have obviously intentionally constructed this review in this way to achieve a desired result, one which it appears you had set upon even before your first listen.

When push comes to shove Jim, someone who is attempting to review an album should do so in the least biased way as to increase the reviewers credibility with the reader. You have not done this. I am also of the belief that if you are not willing to put yourself in the position to understand fully what any band/genre of music represents then you are not fit to review the album. As an example Jim; I have never been a man of the opera and therefor would feel unqualified to review a piece of operatic music, do you not think that this should be the case for you. Rock and Roll music is about having fun and not letting others opinions inhibit your lifestyle, I feel like a man in your position is unqualified to give a review on any music in this genre as you seem to have very little grasp on the ideals of rock and roll.

As someone who sits on the other side of the Oasis fence to you I feel that it is only fair that before finishing this letter that I give my thoughts on the album.

This is by far the best collection of songs Oasis have put together, it is not the usual hit single plus filler compilation that Oasis's have become more and more know for. In fact this album to me has no obvious singles and this is evident by the fact that the lead off single, The Shock of the Lightning, was not a huge success in the UK.

A large number of the songs are of a very high quality, in my opinion the first five songs on the album rank highly within the last decade of work by Oasis, all these songs have a driving effect on me and I find myself being drawn into the song. This very much excited me upon listening to the album as I have not felt this from many of Oasis's previous 3 albums and have not had this effect from many songs released this decade. The use of instruments other than guitars fascinates me and begins to show a more adventurous side of Oasis, who generally play it safe behind a wall of guitars and snarling vocals. The incorporation of more striking drum patterns has introduced a new element to the band as drums have never been an instrument of a huge priority in this band, I find that it adds to the album and helps connect the songs whilst also contributing to the 'driving effect' that i spoke about earlier. Liam, whose vocals have returned to a similar position to what they were in the late 90's, also contributes to this.

The album then concludes with a range of different sounding songs of both a rocking nature, such as The Nature of Reality, and slower more burning songs, like Soldier On. These final four songs are not what I have come to expect from Oasis. It is true that they are of a lesser quality than the opening seven songs but they also serve a purpose in relaxing and soothing the listener after the initial confrontational opening.

A fair amount of my review has been positive, it would be biased to leave the less inspired moments untouched. This album most definitely has some 'clunky' moments. Songs such as Get Off Your (High Horse Lady) and Ain't Got Nothin' felt me feeling as if the band has chosen these songs to fit the album, rather than selecting their best songs. This has contributed to the overall consistent feel but has detracted as well because of the noticeable holes they leave in the album.

I also find songs such as Gem Archer's To Be Where There's Life a tad uninspired. Even-though this song incorporates that guitar-less sound that i praised earlier it also seems to be lacking a clear and concise melody, something of which Oasis are renowned for. This has we beginning to doubt the inclusion of Archer's songs as I have yet to see him produce anything in the way of classic song writing.

Keeping all of this in mind I have given the album an overall rating of 7.5/10. This is because I, as everyone else, know Oasis can write better songs and can produce better music than this. But in Dig Out Your Soul they have still given us their most compelling effort in 13 years, leaving me with an expectation of greater things to come.

Jim would it be too much to ask that from now on when you attempt to review an album you try to establish some connection with the ideologies of that genre and write a review that shows a depth of knowledge, rather than one that displays blatant ignorance?

Yours Thankfully -- Sam Freeman


Tell me something.

How can over 50 million people be wrong about Oasis?


Ellen Steven


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In the past I think you have made it clear you are not a fan of Oasis. So to say this is a fair and balanced review of "Dig Out Your Soul" is not exactly true. How can a critic write an honest review about anything if he/she already has a predisposition to dislike the artist? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and if you don't like Oasis that is totally fine. However, I do find it a bit irresponsible as a musical journalist to compose such a one-sided review. If anything, you should have had someone who does not already have such a subjective view of the band write the review. It is just unfortunate that you have such a large audience for a clearly biased critique.

Sincerely - Matt Custer

Just looking at your picture, I can tell that you would never be an oasis fan....and that is just fine with me.


For the sake of everyone involved, why don't you just rewrite your review on "Dig Out Your Soul"? You're readers deserve much better!! Don't you want to redeem yourself for writing such trash? Writing a blog with fan reactions is a step in the right direction though. In fact, why don't you just come right out and admit to us that you in fact HATE Oasis to begin with. That would make people understand your original review with so much more clarity. Thank you for your time.

Eric C.
Bloomington, IL

I hate to comment on this review because, well, it just plain doesn't deserve my time and thought. However, i have become quite sick of reading review after clueless review about the new Oasis album Dig Out Your Soul. Now i know that music is subjective, and everyone has an opinion. But exactly why do people's expectations and standards rocket up so dramatically whenever they review an Oasis album?

Why is it that the monotone, lyrically samey and sterile (Ok Alex,you like clubbing and meeting girls and dancing, we get it!), musical dross that comes from the Arctic Monkeys is labelled as genius, when Oasis constantly produce catchy, balls to the wall Rock and Roll as good as anything produced since The Beatles in the 60s, and perhaps the Clash and The Pistols in the 70's? I mean, some reviewers even give the Kaiser Chiefs praise for their horrible fusion of pop and 'punk'. What Is that all about? What is so good about their music and so terrible about Oasis's? Because if it is merely originality, then you can keep it. Because, unfortunately, original music does not always equate to 'good' music. Stand up lily Allen fans.

As for the whole lyrical debate. I agree, some of Oasis's lyrics are at best unimaginative, and at worst inane. Even so, i never have taken the Beatles lyrics as being particularly brilliant either. I mean, how many times did they use the thing-diamond Ring couplet? And as for the later White album era lyrics, Rocky Racoon anyone? As for Oasis's "contempories" Ruby! Ruby! Ruby! Ruby! Need i say anymore? The point is, the Beatles were brilliant, despite there lack of lyrical imagination at times, and so are Oasis in spite of theirs. If Oasis are so bad and past it, then why does their every release meet with such furor among the music press?

Oasis are still vital even now, after all the bad reviews, in-fights and line-ip changes. They still pack out every venue they play. I am sure that if they played THREE dates at Knebworth now they would sell them all out. That is not hyperbole, that is common sense talking. Oasis WILL go down as the one of the great Rock n' Roll bands of all time, and rightly so. Their music may not be original in it's initial inception, but what comes out on record is whole-heartedly, and unmistakably the sound of the Rock n' Roll juggernaut that is, Oasis.

where to begin. you're a critic who is bias at the least. i fringe on thinking what bands would contribute to making a good music review for you. what a shallow uninformed person you are. hypothetically, my review of you would be a lame and boring soul.
someone who is out of touch.

from the states,

i bet you'd give Paris Hilton 5/5

dig out your soul - mad fer it -

terrible review Jim, this is a great album and cant believe how negative you are towards it the fact its going top 5 in billboards says something about the band who apparently never makes an impact in the states. Your comment about oasis fans and spelling tells me you clearly have a problem with the band and suggests that if it was the greatest album ever you would slate it because its oasis! you have been unfair and unprofessional which is not right.

Anyone want to stick up for Jim?

I personally have no desire to. as His review failed to reflect the music of the album. Whether he liked or disliked the music is his choice, but any album review should at least have some worthwhile content relating to the actual sounds coming out of the CD/mp3/vinyl player.

this album is horrible. you people are oasis chauvanists who refuse to admit this album is even worse than the other dribble they have been releasing since morning glory. you know it and i know it... and i know that you know it... and you know that i know that you know it... and i know that you know that i know that you know it. You can convince everybody but yourselves. their rip off of the doors 5 to 1 is shameless.

By less, why don't you learn some f---ing grammar before you start typing. Idiot. You wouldn't know good music if it came out of your ass. Now go listen to your Coldplay and Britney Spears and stop wasting our time.

I like the new Oasis disc. There are a few tunes I skip over, but overall it's pretty good. I haven't heard anything from other UK bands, or American bands for that matter, that has me all worked up. At least none that I'd bother to respond to when I read a critic analysis of it like I am now. What bands from the 90s still have a strong output? I couldn't be bothered with the Smashing Pumpkins last effort. Pearl Jam, although I'll always hold a fond view of them, haven't put anything out in 10 years that was all that great. When most bands only have some much creative output, at least Oasis can still put out a few great tunes every time around, even 10 years past their "heyday."

Hello Jim,

How about you LISTEN to the album this time, and then review it?

Coz that was not a review.

Listen, if you don't like it, say what you don't like. Give the arguments.

You remind me of a 6 year old.

"I don't like school"
"'Coz I don't"

Take care.

Quite an interesting review Jim. Just curious, did you actually listen to the album? Because I really don't think you did. I suggest really listening to it (and maybe at least twice), and try to throw out all your pre-conceived notions of Oasis, and listen to the whole album from start to finish. Then ask yourself, compared to "music" today, how real is 'Dig Out Your Soul'? And if you honestly, and sincerely, don't think that this album stands head and shoulders above today's music scene, well then I have good news for you. I know a good ear doctor, he's actually my uncle, and after seeing him, you'll have no doubt that 'Dig Out Your Soul' is music to the ears.
For now,

I agree with the others.

you kinda suck jim

U r a f--cn fat p---- who should do something else because you
obviously no good at writing music reviews
Did you even listen to the album?

I thought this review might have some credibility, but then I saw your picture. You're probably just bitter from not being laid in the last 45 years.

Guess you didn't like this email I sent you since you didn't post it so here it is. Also, I think some of the personal attacks by responders are not called for and I'm ashamed that some of these folks are Oasis fans. Here you go:


What the hell does "Oasis itself clearly can't be bothered to break a sweat on our behalf" mean? What arrogance to think that you're speaking for anyone but yourself. You're certainly not speaking to "us" here. If you want Definitely Maybe or Morning Glory-style tunes then go listen to those albums. Oasis is evolving through time and experience just as any great band does. This is simply an amazing record that sounds like a real rock band doing THEIR thing. They're making music that turns THEM on. If you like it too, then get on board, otherwise go listen to TV on the Radio. But don't be so arrogant to think that they owe you anything other than being true to themselves in the studio. If you want corporate, demographic-analyzed, Clear Channel-sanctioned, lifeless pap go listen to the Jonas Bros or Britney or Madonna or any of the other made-for-the-masses crap that tries to pass as music today.

As far as influences and beating the lame and extremely tired "Oasis just rips off the Beatles" drum (talk about LAZY!!!), I wouldn't be throwing stones at Oasis if you're not prepared to do the same thing to Elvis (Little Richard), The Beatles (Elvis, Little Richard, Motown), The Stones (multiple blues artists), Zeppelin (see Stones and Sonny Boy Williamson), Springsteen (Dylan), Dylan (Woody Guthrie), Nirvana (Pixies), Fleet Foxes (Beach Boys) and practically all hip-hop artists and on and on. These artists did the same damn thing that Oasis does in nicking tunes and, often, appropriating entire styles of their heroes but they never had the balls to admit it in such a proud fashion as Oasis does. Guess that's what really gets under your and Greg Kot's skin, huh? I'm also sure that the two of you got together and discussed the direction of your "reviews" before sending them in, right? Wouldn't look good to not have a united front.

Sorry for the tone of this email if it comes across rough but I'm just getting tired of the level of animosity (bordering hatred) that some reviewers foster toward Oasis. I suppose much of this has to do with envy and musical frustration that many critics seem to share. If you guys can do it better, go for it. Otherwise take the vitriol out and replace it with thoughtful analysis.

stupid jim...OASIS are the best!

I don't think someone of your size is in a position to call someone else lazy.

their name i mean...
the rest was utter gobshite
i dotn know how you managed to escape the confines of the asylum, or how you managed to strap the editor or the chicago sun-times to the floor and publish your article on this astounding album
but somehow you did
come on
lets be fair
Definitely Maybe was their best album
that is an accurate statement
another example
Dig Out Your Soul is their best effort in almost 10 years
fair enough
that would be a good review
maybe to also say
I'm outta time
good song but very lennonesque
oasis showing their stereotyped roots
in the beatles
or even the marginally acceptable
To Be Where There's Life
certainly a good effort
did they hit home?
but it is a very good attempt

But no
you seemed to remove yourself from all realms of sane thought
and slagged it off worse than Mel C slagged off Dwight Yorke after he denied paternity.
Your review is a disgrace

and your comment about only having 4 stars and 5 is impossible
was maybe the most pathetic attempt at a comeback i have ever heard

good luck finding a new job!

Woah, no need to personally attack him lads. Let's rise above petty insults, there's no need to give Oasis haters any more ammunition that they already have.

Anyway, there seems to be something strange with the approval system on this website. There is no way I would submit a comment with the following in a sentence: "desire to. as His review failed to". Is it possible my comment was modified before it was appeared on this website?

A classic Amarican journalist review of an Oasis album. Please tell me, do you all share the same brain?

God, this makes me dislike Oasis even more.
-from an American with good taste in music

Hell hath no fury like... an Oasis fan scorned? Good God, I didn't even know there were still people around who called themselves Oasis fans. As I said earlier, I'll defend the absurd excesses of Be Here Now 'til I die (I believe I called it "the best Meat Loaf record that Meat Loaf never made"), but Dig Out Your Soul is just... boring! It's like they took the formula from "D'You Know What I Mean" and copied it, but they forgot to give it a hook. I haven't been this utterly bored by a supposed rock record since I listened to that horrific Dandy Warhols record of a few months ago (what a piece of crap, by the way).

Jeez... I mean, I get that the Super Jonas Bros. have a huge following and are the it-thing right now. But Oasis? Really? Them? They've done some wonderfully stupid fun tracks in the past, but those were all, like, a decade ago.

I get blind fan devotion. I've got fan blinders myself when it comes to some of my favorite bands (the Polyphonic Spree, the Flaming Lips -- and Wilco, whose last album many dismissed as "dad rock" but which I really have grown to appreciate). But blind devotion to Oasis doesn't really make much sense to me. Then again, Staind is still selling lots of records, so what the hell do I know?

What I always find amusing is how every music reviewer finds it their duty to spout off songs or riffs that Noel/Liam/whomever has lifted if there is truly any relevance to the quality of the song. Did it make Bittersweet Symphony any worse? Of course not. It doesn't make an oasis song worse either, but it won't stop a critic from insinuating that is the case.

To each his own though, right? I'll go about enjoying this record and the others. I'll be there on the floor on December 12th and it will be the best day of the year for me in all likelihood. I wish everyone else could share my enjoyment.

Hey Jim,

Under your photo says that you cover pop music... go cover fu&!$n Britney Spears and let Oasis to people that really know about music.

This seems like a pretty good place to say what I've got to say. To start, Jims review IS valid. Oasis ARE living of the scraps of the 60's. The lyrics ARE crap and DOYS is a boring drag of a record.

By the way I'm an newly converted X oasis fan. It's quite strange seeing an Oasis record on the shelves and not in my CD collection.

Where do I start? Well 6 songs from Noel in 3 years. I seriously suggest you check out The Eels 37 track album Blinkin lights and other revelations to hear a true songwriter being true to himself and not blagging songs to keep an old rock band going. Or you could listen to the Corals single collection and hear the real best band in the world quiety going about their business instead of holding an iron tight grip over their fans like Simon Cowell does over an X factor audience.

The only reason Doys is a bluesy record is because Noel can't write a singalong anymore. Liams songs are childish and even the one Gem made sound like a proper song sounds like a Girls Aloud ballad.

And I hate to say that Phil Collins IS right too. Noel and Liam are mean spirited. Noel is passing off some kind of personality disorder as an rock and roll attitude.

Thats about it. I gotta put my little girl to bed then listen to a Neil Young album that i bought with the money I saved on DOYS

First off - I do disagree with the rating and review given by the journalist in question (granted not by a whole lot), and I do concur that if he had a predisposition to disliking Oasis, then they didn't get a fair shot from the start.

That being said, the number of fans on this board slagging him by calling him lazy and fat, or remarking that 'we don't want him as a fan anyway' aren't helping the cause either.

I don't want a fan reviewing the record, as it skews the subject just as much as a stated hater would.

The album is plodding, easily 2 steps back of Heathen Chemistry and 1 step back of DBTT. Noel's attempt to write a less 'songy' and more 'groovy' record does come off as somewhat lazy.

Even a well crafted melody (somewhat of a rarity on the new disc) can be torn apart by Noel's shoddy writing this go around.

I was fine with the nonsense of DM/WTSMG/BHN, it was actually part of the appeal. But Noel's no longer writing gibberish, no, he's writing about 'putting an apple in my eye'... how can you not cringe at that lyric!

The album escapes the verdict of being their worst ever (SOTSOG), but not by a lot... Go Let It Out is a far superior number to anything on DOYS...

I don't know what the solution is, but I'm hoping that Noel's recommended hiatus for solo projects works out... they could use a fresh perspective. They're tired... it's time to get them off the merry-go-round

S--- review, fatso. Run out of pies?

I guess I have to apologize for starting the verbal attack avalanche on your board Jim. I am the yankee who publishes the web's biggest Oasis fan site and posted your review....

@IAN , I actually quite enjoyed reading your whole take on it.

Ok fans and critics, let's live in peace

Live For Ever


Wow. Reading all this hate mail makes me think if you substituted 'Oasis' with 'Jonas Brothers' or 'Clay Aiken,' all the negative comments would read the same. Seriously, go back into the archive and find Dero's reviews on the Jonas Brothers, and look at the angry people who write in. There's absolutely no difference between them and these Oasis fans.

For all the ones crying that Dero is biased by giving a negative review, what does it say about yourselves that you're writing to a newspaper from another city, maybe even another country that you don't normally read to rant about how he's wrong? Bias in the opposite direction is just as bad.

I think music critics are supposed to hate on Oasis, why are you slagging this guy off so much?

Clearly Noel and Liam don't give a toss what critics say, and neither do I. I have a friend who was a bonafide Oasis hater and a music producer, and after watching the documentary about the making of the last CD went out and bought it, and thinks it is a brilliant album. I even got him to come to the gig at Allstate which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Let the media do their thing, we know Oasis is the best band in the world.

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