"Standing in the Shoulder of Giants is easily the best Oasis album.Can't you guys just pretend that "Little James" doesn't exist?"
Damn, I'm just listening to this album for the first time and that's the only track I've really enjoyed so far.
I know everybody says that for all their albums, but I really think this is the one album they messed-up the most with b-sides and a-sides choices. Full On should have been sung by Liam and been one of the centrepieces of the album, along with Let's All Make Believe and Carry Us All. One Way Road should have closed the album and Put Yer Money Where Your Mouth Is should have been a b-side.
Little James isn't what's wrong with this album... in a nutshell: the up-tempos, though decent, are a bit by the numbers and feel like outtakes from a different record (Be Here Now). Meanwhile, the rumbling neo-psych songs, which dominate the album, are rather analogous and slightly lose their potency as a result. I think the album lacks diversity. It's potentially one track away from being excellent. Still a pretty enjoyable listen, though I wouldn't say it's CRIMINALLY underrated.
This album had the best production of any of their records before or since. The singles were a bit weak. The reverse was true for the follow-up, Heathen Chemistry. Great singles and terrible production.