While music pundits are busily losing sleep as they compile year-end music lists for 2013, the always-quotable and generally caustic Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis and currently fronting the High Flying Birds, has broken down the year in music as only he can.
During an F-bomb-saturated interview with Rolling Stone, Gallagher termed 2013 as an “okay” year in music, reserving high praise for rock legend David Bowie and his most recent full-length, The Next Day.
“I thought at the time, and I still think now, that it’s a f*****g masterpiece,” he raved of Bowie’s 24th studio album. “I love it. Nobody has the right to be that f*****g good at this point in their career. Apart from Neil Young, all of the people that are in his league are basically f*****g s**t. Do you know what I mean?”
Gallagher also had surprisingly kind words for Kanye West and his controversial Yeezus album, which he termed as “f*****g great. I really like it. Particularly [“Black Skinhead] – it’s f*****g out there, do you know what I mean? It’s got a great low-fi, punk vibe to it.”
The guitarist was even more effusive when discussing breakout U.K. house music duo Disclosure, who he saw perform at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
“They were truly f*****g amazing. I love that record,” he said in reference to their debut, Settle. “It’s got a really old-school f*****g acid house vibe to it, which I really f*****g like.” Although when it came to dance music at Glastonbury, his favorite performance came from disco legends Chic, featuring 2013 comeback hero of the year, Nile Rodgers, calling the show “f*****g mega. Absolutely out of this world.”