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Oasis

With Jet and Kasabian. Friday, September 30, at Blossom Music Center.

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A decade after Oasis spearheaded the Britpop invasion -- melding rough guitars and '60s pop melodies on a trio of big-selling LPs -- the Manchester quartet has returned with Don't Believe the Truth, in an effort to direct attention away from the infamous public brawling of frontman-brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, and remind listeners of their musical prowess instead. In fact, the 11-track album proves a glorious second coming for a band that is now more united than ever. Oasis' renewed alliance plays out on the tambourine-tinged rocker "Turn Up the Sun" (where Liam admonishes everyone to "love one another"), the gorgeous "Guess God Thinks I'm Abel" (where the once-brooding vocalist puts poignancy to paper with the conciliatory verse, "You could be my railroad/We'd go on and on/Let's get along"), and Noel's understated yet heart-wrenching closer, "Let There Be Love." But don't confuse the Gallagher brothers' renewed fealty with frailty, as these blokes are no less bold -- as evidenced by the fast and furious 90-second tornado of a track "Meaning of Soul" and the organ-driven "Mucky Fingers," wherein the Oasis boys pound out misconceived "truths" instead of each other.

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