AOTY 2017
As You Were
Liam Gallagher - As You Were
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2017 Ratings: #579 / 653
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
2017 Ratings: #424
October 6, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
Britpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Northern Transmissions
Taking his first step as a solo artist since disbanding Beady Eye, Gallagher is stronger than ever, weaving beautiful melodies with a shockingly inspiring sonic pallet. Writing some of his most standout material in over a decade, the album finds Gallagher not only alluding to his previous highlights but also evolving as an artist.
83
A.V. Club
For his first solo album, Liam Gallagher goes a long way toward establishing himself apart from brother Noel and the rest of Oasis.
80
AllMusic
Now in his middle age, he's a richer, nuanced singer than he was during Oasis' heyday, yet he's retained his charisma and, unlike his brother, he favors color and fire in his records, elements that not only enhance this fine collection of songs but make this the best post-Oasis album from either Gallagher to date.
80
NME
‘As You Were’ is an album that has more in common with Primal Scream at their most flamboyantly fun and Spiritualized at their most dreamily epic rather than a dodgy rehash of ‘Definitely Maybe’; it’s plugging into the 1990s, for sure, but not the bits you’d expect.
80
The Telegraph
Liam Gallagher’s solo debut is a swaggering, charming, funny, emotional, singalong romp. It is easily as good as any album (and actually better than most) from the post-imperial phase of Oasis, after their first all-conquering two records.
70
PopMatters

Overall, As You Were sees Liam Gallagher far surpassing even the most hopeful of expectations. Gone is the moodiness and sonic flourishes that characterised final Beady Eye album BE. Instead, Liam has opted for a far more straightforward, audience-pleasing rock ‘n’ roll record but with plenty to make it sound fresh and alive.

70
Under The Radar

As You Were finds the singer sounding as self-assured and focused as someone with a string of records under their own banner.

70
Rolling Stone
If the album is a few steps shy of his old band's best, it has Gallagher writing like he means it and singing like his dream isn't over.
70
musicOMH
Gallagher is never going to win awards for originality, but he has definitely progressed musically with this solo debut.
67
Consequence of Sound

On As You Were, Liam Gallagher gets a chance to do things his way, and it pays off.

67
Paste
This album would have been the Oasis comeback album fans wanted if the brothers could put aside their issues.
60
The Guardian
Its failings are the failings you could level at pretty much every Oasis album, its sprinkling of highlights an improvement on most of their output since the mid-90s. Perhaps that’s enough to win back the fans who jumped ship.
60
The Independent

Following the largely insipid twinklings of his Beady Eye, As You Were suggests that, given the right conditions and appropriate collaborators, Liam Gallagher could become a more potent force than expected – especially if he could broaden his musical outlook beyond such predictable parameters.

60
DIY
'As You Were’ is almost certainly the best thing Liam’s offered us since he parted ways with his big bro. It’s no ‘What’s The Story…’, but it’s most definitely better than sitting, twiddling your thumbs.
60
Exclaim!

On As You Were, the former Oasis and Beady Eye frontman proves he still has the chops to deliver smooth, enjoyable songs, but fails to live up to his own standards and hype.

60
The Line of Best Fit

As You Were is practically all comfortable, predictable, Oasis-without-Noel comfort food.

60
The Needle Drop

Liam Gallagher returns with a new solo record that brings back the thrill of 90s Britpop.

50
Loud and Quiet
Some bits are alright, other bits are terrible, but it’ll be enough to keeping him talking. In that respect, ‘As You Were’ is business as usual.
50
Clash
Plenty of these songs are pleasant enough, but there’s very little to mark an artist in their prime. All the fight, the attack and the passion are dimmed by their surroundings.
49
Pitchfork

As You Were isn’t, as Gallagher billed it last year, “chin-out” music. It’s more chin-up, a faltering effort from an artist whose voice continues to drown out his music.

40
Crack Magazine
Liam’s first solo LP (let’s forget Beady Eye ever happened) is a mixed bag, but maybe that’s to be expected from this avowed non-songwriter, and it’s certainly no worse than any of Noel’s solo tripe.
40
Drowned in Sound

The feeling persists that this is a missed opportunity, an untaken chance for the younger Gallagher to stretch his imagination and really test his songwriting chops; Liam The Singer had an edge and air of unpredictability, but As You Were plays it far too safe to really thrill.

Oct 6, 2017
VinylHound83
74
Wall of Glass - 9/10
Bold - 6/10
Greedy Soul - 8/10
Paper Crown - 9/10
For What It’s Worth - 10/10
When I’m In Need - 6/10
You Better Run - 7/10
I Get By - 6/10
Chinatown - 7/10
Come Back To Me - 8/10
Universal Gleam - 7/10
I've All I Need - 6/10

Overall Rating: 89 out of 120 = 74%

Overall Opinion: There are some really great Oasis reunion worthy tracks on this album. Additionally, there are songs I hope to never hear again as well. Honestly, I really like the track "For ... read more
Oct 6, 2017
arturostacey
78
Not as good as any of Noel's solo albums, but still really great songs. Much better than his time in Beady Eye
Dec 8, 2017
NR
LG, As You Were. A more modern take on the Oasis sound except without the presence of Rkid.

1. Wall Of Glass - 9
2. Bold - 8.5
3. Greedy Soul - 9
4. Paper Crown - 6.5
5. For What It's Worth - 9.5
6. When I'm In Need - 5
7. You Better Run - 7
8. I Get By - 8
9. Chinatown - 7 (The lyrics are poor but I love the guitar)
10. Come Back To Me - 6.5
11. Universal Gleam - 5
12. I've All I Need - 7

88/120 - 73/100
Dec 4, 2017
dntspr
72
Wall Of Glass // 78
Bold // 75
Greedy Soul // 69
Paper Crown // 73
For What It’s Worth // 72
When I’m In Need // 69
You Better Run // 66
I Get By // 68
Chinatown // 85
Come Back To Me // 66
Universal Gleam // 64
I’ve All I Need // 78

Largely mediocre effort from Liam, with the exception of a few songs. Weirdly the best song to emerge from Liam's first solo attempts, It Doesn't Have To Be That Way, was not included in the standard release but with Liam you never know what ... read more
Nov 27, 2017
itsyahboinoah
57
Middle of the road britpop music from one half of the critically acclaimed band brit-pop band Oasis.
END OF YEAR LISTS
#10/NME
#15/Q Magazine
#20/Louder Than War
#25/Diffuser
#32/Rough Trade
#37/Rolling Stone
MISC LISTS
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Track List
  1. Wall of Glass
  2. Bold
  3. Greedy Soul
  4. Paper Crown
  5. For What It’s Worth
  6. When I’m In Need
  7. You Better Run
  8. I Get By
  9. Chinatown
  10. Come Back To Me
  11. Universal Gleam
  12. I've All I Need


Added on: June 13, 2017