Why Me? Why Not.

Liam Gallagher - Why Me? Why Not.
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2019 Ratings: #491 / 737
User Score
Based on 143 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1175
September 20, 2019 / Release Date
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Warner UK / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Albumism

Liam’s inimitable charisma still inspires, still consumes, and the winsome Why Me? Why Not. is unmistakable evidence of this fact.

80
Clash
As one of the greatest frontmen in rock he shouldn’t have to change, even when the ambition to channel a greater, more ambitious outcome is there, and achieving a better, more ambitious record is the aim of Liam Gallagher and his cohorts on ‘Why Me? Why Not?’
80
NME

A classic sequel that adds depth of character, this follow-up to Liam’s Platinum-selling debut is best when he's introspective. And wait ‘til Noel hears the “cosmic pop”.

80
The Independent

Why Me? Why Not. proves once and for all that, when Liam is as good as he is here, there’s little reason for an Oasis reunion beyond pleasant if vaguely pointless nostalgia.

80
American Songwriter

Why Me? Why Not. builds on its predecessor, 2017’s As You Were, sounding a lot more confident and sure-footed.

75
Consequence of Sound

Why Me? Why Not. revels in the joy Gallagher seems to feel whenever he makes music, an album written by an experienced artist who’s determined to prove the fun doesn’t have to end with Act One.

70
PopMatters

The lasting, overall impression of Why Me? Why Not. is Liam Gallagher discovering a belief in himself as an artist rather than simply as a singer in a rock 'n' roll band.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Where debut As You Were leaned on its rockers – songs Liam’s voice was clearly built for – as an antidote to the album’s largely amorphous, vanilla balladry, Liam’s sophomore offering succeeds despite them.

70
FLOOD Magazine

His existentially titled Why Me? Why Not. seems to be undertaking a therapeutic exercise; a sonic show of maturation, if you will.

70
DIY

Sure, single ‘Shockwave’ and ‘Be Still’ plod slightly, but Liam’s second is a whole lot more sentimental.

70
AllMusic

Granted, Gallagher isn't as potent a personality as he was a quarter-century earlier, but his middle-aged control has its charms, too. He sounds relaxed on Why Me? Why Not., maybe for the first time ever.

70
Rolling Stone

There may not be a “Wonderwall” or “Champagne Supernova” on the record, but hook-laden songs like “Once” and “Alright Now” stand up comfortably next to Oasis’ latter-day work.


 

70
The Young Folks
For a guy who loves to instigate-the subdued tone is a nice change of pace.
70
Uncut

Liam evidently has no intention of throwing it all away again. Why Me? Why Not. ticks a number of boxes for his fanbase.

69
Paste
This is a rock record ready for stadiums and festival main stages. But this time, he doesn’t have to work his way back to superstardom—and it shows.
65
Under The Radar

This is a decent album indeed, a step on from his last and a step toward positivity with even a tad of musical and melodic exploration.

63
Pitchfork

Despite the shiny, bright surfaces, what’s left unspoken is that Liam is not quite ready to admit that he’s already had the time of his life and is not quite sure what to do next.

60
Loud and Quiet

This is Liam Gallagher at his most polished, happy to keep on playing the rock star part he’s best loved for, even if that means the music’s just fine.

60
The Guardian

It does what it sets out to do: provide Gallagher with material hooky enough that the arena crowds don’t storm the bars and lavatories when he stops playing Oasis songs.

60
The Observer
Sadly, most of the new songs peddle tame, low-stakes nostalgia, swimming in cliches and drowning in sentimentality, as satisfying as trying to get relationship advice out of a cashpoint. Perhaps his third album should stick to songs about Oasis.
60
Spectrum Culture
This is the sort of broad rock album that will certainly please anyone who’s already on board with what’s being offered with presenting little to anyone expecting anything truly new.
60
The Arts Desk
The songs may remain the same, but the delivery has a little more charm.
60
The Sydney Morning Herald
An album of two distinct halves: the first not too bad; the second not too good.
lemuriams
50
Britpop is dead, do not wake him, because he will scare you with albums like this.
21stcenturyschi
68
The Britpop sound was very accurate here, but it's over, and I don't think it should be brought back. It does seem like an Oasis tribute, but that's it, and I didn't get much more than that out of it. A lot of pretty generic tunes here, but none of which are all that bad, and I do think it is an improvement over Liam's last album.

Favorite Tracks: "Shockwave", "Be Still", "One Of Us", "Halo"

Least Favorite Tracks: "Meadow", "Alright ... read more
tha138
57
The notorious Liam from the once almighty Gallagher Brothers circulates in the rock streets for a second time, dressed in the worn clothes of a glorious past.
MinatoArisato
30
This just feels painfully generic and outdated. Unlike As You Were, this album doesn't manage to create the same sort of fun classic experience.

Best Track: One of Us
Worst Track: Now That I've Found You
nostar
50
Yikes. This guy is just not anything without his brudder.
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Track List

  1. Shockwave
  2. One of Us
  3. Once
  4. Now That I've Found You
  5. Halo
  6. Why Me? Why Not.
  7. Be Still
  8. Alright Now
  9. Meadow
  10. The River
  11. Gone
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Added on: June 6, 2019