Over the last few years, a new Oasis album instills a familar cycle of feelings. Firstly anticipation...could this finally be the album where the band's first two offerings are equalled? Then giddy excitement as the first single is released, and then crushing disappointment as we come to realise that Standing On The Shoulder of Giants and Heathen Chemistry are filled with just as much plodding filler as Be Here Now was.
Early word though indicates that the forthcoming Gallagher opus, Don't Believe The Truth, could actually live up to the band's early standards. Lyla is certainly a promising taster - instead of The Beatles, this time Noel's nicked wholesale from The Rolling Stones as the introduction basically is Street Fighting Man. Liam sounds invigorated, like the proper rock frontman we all know he is, and after just two listens the chorus is absolutely impossible to dislodge from your brain.
Sure, it's nothing revolutionary, but do we really want Oasis experimenting? They do no-frills rock music better than any band on the planet when they put their mind to it, and Lyla is a fine example. If the forthcoming album is as good as this, we could be in for a real treat.