SONG OF THE DAY: August 3rd

Written by Steve Pierce on . Posted in Music


Oasis, “Wonderwall”
Ryan Adams, “Wonderwall”

Now that we’re solidly into Covers Week here at Rhombus, it’s time to break out the heavy hitters. ’90s Britrock phenomenon Oasis charted high with “Wonderwall” off their excellent 1995 album, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? The song became an international sensation that inspired singalongs the world over. However, the song’s author, Oasis lead guitarist Noel Gallagher, recently told Spin Magazine that he feels American alt-country hero Ryan Adams is “the only person who ever got [the] song right.”

Adams’ version of the song is as beautiful as it is melancholic. Accompanying himself on a supremely understated acoustic guitar, his vocals reverberate throughout the track and create a sense of genuine despair (as opposed to Oasis’ angst.) The listener gets the feeling that Adams truly believes the song’s subject could have “been the one to save” him, whereas Liam Gallagher comes off as sneering and indignant on the original. It seems that Adams truly longed for the aforementioned salvation and now stands brokenhearted over what he’s lost. Which do you prefer — the snotty noise of Oasis or the quiet despair of Adams? As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the space below.

Listen to: Oasis, “Wonderwall”

Listen to: Ryan Adams, “Wonderwall”


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