Liam Gallagher’s third solo studio album, C’MON YOU KNOW, looks to be one of the biggest album events of the year. Anticipation for the album was ignited by lead single “Everything’s Electric,” which powered into the UK Top 20 as Liam’s biggest solo hit so far. Guests include Ezra Koenig and Dave Grohl.
Musically, C’MON YOU KNOW is layered with unexpected sonic touches like the surging Motown-tinged gospel backing vocals, shrieking saxophone, and vintage Moog synths, all coming together to intensify the sonic maelstrom. Liam’s lyrics also come from a fresh place. Rather than being combative, his words brim with positivity and the joy of being reunited with friends, family, and fans. As he openly admits, “I’m sick of being tough.”
The album’s title track features Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig on saxophone. The track pulsates with the traits that have made Liam such an iconic figure - a raucous rock ‘n’ roll anthem topped by his signature snarl - it’s also a strong step forward in terms of both attitude and audio. In addition to the title track, there’s “Everything’s Electric,” the larger-than-life first single co-written with Dave Grohl (who also plays drums on the track), that infuses Liam’s classic, hands-in-the-air anthems with fresh experimental flourishes. Liam Gallagher and Grohl first met years ago when Foo Fighters played with Oasis on tour. They’ve maintained a mutual admiration ever since, while speculation about a possible collaboration between the pair has risen in recent years. To craft the song, they melded the thunderous dynamics of Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” with the spiralling tension and danger of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” With raw, rhythmic phrasing, this is as close as Liam’s iconic snarl comes to rapping and that punk-meets-hip-hop attack is underlined by boisterous bass. Meanwhile, slide guitar, piano flourishes and Liam’s haunting backing vocals pay tribute to arguably The Stones’ finest moment.
Andrew Wyatt is the main producer throughout, with other producers and writers including Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sir Paul McCartney), Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM, Brandon Flowers), Adam Noble (Biffy Clyro), regular Liam collaborators Michael Tighe and Simon Aldred, and members of his live band, Dan McDougall and Mike Moore.
C’MON YOU KNOW follows the success of Liam’s previous studio albums As You Were (2017) and Why Me? Why Not. (2019), which established his iconic status for a whole new generation. Between his triumphs as a solo artist and his phenomenal success with Oasis, Liam has spent a combined total of almost six months at #1 across eleven chart-topping albums.