Oasis: What's the Story, Morning Glory?
Sony Music // SACD // $24.98 // March 11, 2003
Review by Aaron Beierle | posted May 14, 2003
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The Music:

1. Hello
2. Roll With It
3. Wonderwall
4. Don't Look Back in Anger
5. Hey Now!
6. [Untitled Track]
7. Some Might Say
8. Cast No Shadow
9. She's Electric
10. Morning Glory
11. [Untitled Track]
12. Champagne Supernova


The DVD

SOUND: "What's the Story, Morning Glory?" is presented by Epic/Sony on SACD in both DSD 5.1 and 2.0. The album is the popular 1995 effort from the British rock band, which offered the break-out hits "Wonderwall", "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "Champaigne Supernova". The sound is rather Stones and Beatles influenced, with great melodies and interesting lyrics.

I was looking forward to hearing this album in multichannel, as the band's wall-of-sound rock music would likely be a bit more enjoyable if some of the instrumentals were appropriately spread out to the surrounds. While I continue to be a fan of the band's sound and especially enjoy this particular album, this SACD presentation is a pretty considerable disappointment. The 5.1 mix is simply an "enhanced stereo" offering that provides nothing of real worth from the rear speakers, which simply boast some very bland reinforcement that doesn't do anything for the experience.

The front speakers provide a somewhat more effective presentation of the music. There is a decent front soundstage, although some instruments come across somewhat more clearly and distinctly than others. The music lacks the depth and clarity of most SACD presentations, sounding compressed and somewhat harsh. This is the first SACD where I found myself turning down the volume a tad, rather than giving it a boost. I don't remember the CD quality exactly, but a mediocre recording may be the cause for the sound quality here.

The 5.1 track was unsatisfactory, so I thought maybe the 2.0 presentation might provide a more sonically pleasing version of the album. On a positive note, the 2.0 presentation lacked the fake and unappealing surround reinforcement of the 5.1 mix. Unfortunately, the sound wasn't much better, as the 2.0 mix sounded even a bit more flat and muddled than the sound quality of the 5.1 presentation.

Final Thoughts: I still think this is one terrific album, but it's certainly not a terrific SACD. The 5.1 mix puts the surrounds to poor use and both the 5.1 and 2.0 presentations offer sound quality that's tiring instead of engaging.


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