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Heathen Chemistry
Heathen Chemistry
is the fifth studio album by English rock band Oasis, released on 1 July 2002 by Big Brother Records. The album was written and recorded with a back-to-basics sound with a more rock feel to it; the more crude and simple sound differs from the musical grandiosity of their previous records, Be Here Now (1997) and Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
(2000), being more comparable to their early work.[citation needed] Heathen Chemistry
Heathen Chemistry
is notable for being the first Oasis
album recorded with guitarist Gem Archer and bassist Andy Bell, who both joined the band after work on previous album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants had been completed. It would also prove to be last album to feature the band's longtime drummer, Alan White, who left in early 2004, with Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher
claiming White's commitment to the band was not adequate. He was effectively replaced with Ringo Starr's son, Zak Starkey. The album was released to generally mixed reviews from critics. The name "Heathen Chemistry" was taken from a second hand T-shirt that Noel had stumbled across.[1]. The album has sold 4.5 million copies.


1 Recording 2 Release 3 Reception 4 Track listing 5 Personnel

5.1 Oasis 5.2 Additional musicians

6 Charts and certifications

6.1 Charts 6.2 Certifications

7 References 8 External links

Recording[edit] Heathen Chemistry
Heathen Chemistry
was recorded during 2001–early 2002 and is the first Oasis
album to have significant writing contributions from members other than chief songwriter Noel Gallagher. Front man Liam Gallagher contributed three songs, and new bassist Andy Bell and lead guitarist Gem Archer contributed one song each as well.[2] Although most of the song's instrumentation was complete by mid-to-late 2001, Noel indicated that the release date of the album was being needlessly delayed by Liam's apparent reluctance to lay down his vocal parts at recording sessions, and went on to state that he was "livid" at the lack of work being done:

I was really happy with (the album) until recently, but I'm fucking livid now. I finished my bits three-and-a-half months ago, and then we handed it over to Liam, and in three-and-a-half months he's done nothing. Just concentrated on his drinking habit again. It's just drifting at the moment.

All the backing tracks are done and it's a fantastic album of instrumentals. Hand it over to the singer and it just slows down and becomes this one really long, drawn-out, painful process. So, to be honest with you, I don't know when it'll come out now. It's down to him.[3]

Despite the setbacks during the recording process, when the album was finally complete Noel was confident that it was the group's second best album to date, behind their debut Definitely Maybe.[4] The title of the album, according to Noel, came from a T-shirt he bought in Ibiza
which featured a logo reading, "The Society of Heathen Chemists". Similarly, the name of the first single, "The Hindu Times", originated from a logo on a T-shirt that read the same thing, which Noel saw during a photo shoot for GQ's 100 Greatest Guitarists edition. The name was given to the track when it was just an instrumental and the name stuck once the track was finished. Release[edit] The release of the album was overshadowed by an Internet leak of all 11 songs almost three months prior to release, which was evident at a Las Vegas show the group performed where fans knew the words to several new songs before the album's release.[5] However, listeners of the commercially released album heard slight differences to two tracks, "Little by Little" and "Better Man". The length of track 11, "Better Man" is 38:03, this is because of a hidden track called "The Cage", which begins after 30 minutes of silence. In the Japanese and digital versions, "Better Man" and the hidden track "The Cage" were separated and the 30-minute silence was removed. The album has sold around one million copies in the UK, being certified triple platinum,[6] and 154,000 copies in the US.[7][8] Upon release, Heathen Chemistry
Heathen Chemistry
went straight to number one in the UK, though it fared rather poorly in the US, only entering at number 23. It was the 11th biggest selling album of 2002 in the UK with just over 800,000 copies sold. It spawned four singles, each of which made the top three in the UK charts: "The Hindu Times", their sixth number one single in the UK; "Stop Crying Your Heart Out"; "Little By Little/She Is Love", the double A-side sung by Noel Gallagher; and "Songbird", the first single written by Liam. Reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Aggregate scores

Source Rating

Metacritic 55/100[9]

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [10]

Blender [11]

Entertainment Weekly B−[12]

The Guardian [13]

Los Angeles Times [14]

NME 8/10[15]

Pitchfork 1.2/10[16]

Q [17]

Rolling Stone [18]

Spin 4/10[19]

Reception for the album, which garnered a Metacritic
score of 55 out of 100 (indicating mixed to average reviews), varied wildly. Some reviewers noted that it was better than the band's last effort, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, with Blender writing that Oasis was "a band back on track".[11] However, a number of other reviewers offered scathing assessments of the album; notably, Drowned in Sound,[20] Pitchfork,[16] and Stylus Magazine.[21] Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "The Hindu Times" Noel Gallagher 3:46

2. "Force of Nature" N. Gallagher 4:51

3. "Hung in a Bad Place" Gem Archer 3:28

4. "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" N. Gallagher 5:03

5. "Songbird" Liam Gallagher 2:08

6. "Little by Little" N. Gallagher 4:53

7. "A Quick Peep" (Instrumental) Andy Bell 1:17

8. "(Probably) All in the Mind" N. Gallagher 4:02

9. "She Is Love" N. Gallagher 3:09

10. "Born on a Different Cloud" L. Gallagher 6:09

11. "Better Man" (Includes hidden track "The Cage") L. Gallagher / N. Gallagher 38:03

Japanese and digital version

No. Title Writer(s) Length

11. "Better Man" L. Gallagher / N. Gallagher 4:20

12. "The Cage"   4:50

13. "(You've Got) the Heart of a Star" N. Gallagher 5:24


In the Japanese and digital versions, "Better Man" and the hidden track "The Cage" were separated and the 30-minute silence was removed. Personnel[edit] Oasis[edit]

Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher
– lead vocals, tambourine, acoustic guitar on track 5 Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher
– guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Force of Nature", "Little by Little" and "She Is Love", drums on track 11[22] Gem Archer – guitars, keyboards, piano on track 4 Andy Bell – bass Alan White – drums, percussion

Additional musicians[edit]

Paul Stacey – mellotron on track 1, piano on tracks 2, 3 and 11, hammond organ on track 6 Mike Rowe – piano on tracks 4 and 10, pump organ on track 9, hammond organ on tracks 8, 9 and 10 Johnny Marr
Johnny Marr
– guitar solo on track 8, slide guitar on track 10, guitars on track 11, backing vocals on track 11 London Session Orchestra – strings on track 4

Charts and certifications[edit]


Chart (2002) Peak position

Australian Albums (ARIA)[23] 4

Canadian Albums (Billboard)[24] 5

Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[25] 32

French Albums (SNEP)[26] 8

German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 4

Irish Albums (IRMA) 1

Italian Albums (FIMI)[28] 2

New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[29] 16

Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[30] 3

Polish Albums (OLiS)[31] 27

Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 2

UK Albums (OCC)[33] 1

US Billboard 200[34] 23


Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Australia (ARIA) Gold 70,000

Canada (Music Canada) Gold 40,000

United Kingdom (BPI) 3× Platinum 900,000

Preceded by The Eminem Show
The Eminem Show
by Eminem UK number one album 7 July 2002 – 21 July 2002 Succeeded by By the Way
By the Way
by Red Hot Chili Peppers


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Online, 11 October 2001 ^ Downey, Ryan J. " Oasis
Set Up U.S. Tour Whether Liam Likes It Or Not". mtvnews.com. 16 May 2002. ^ Goldner, Jonathan. " Oasis
Badger 'Thieving' Fans At Las Vegas Gig". MTV.com. 29 April 2002. ^ Heathen Chemistry
Heathen Chemistry
certification. British Phonographic Industry. Accessed on 25 January 2009. ^ Cohen. Jonathan. " Oasis
Pledges New 'Truth' In May". billboard.com. 7 March 2005. ^ Trust, Gary. "Ask Billboard: "English Beat". Billboard. 23 January 2009. ^ "Reviews for Heathen Chemistry
Heathen Chemistry
by Oasis". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 February 2013.  ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. " Heathen Chemistry
Heathen Chemistry
– Oasis". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 February 2013.  ^ a b Collis, Clark (August 2002). "Oasis: Heathen Chemistry". Blender (8): 120. Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2013.  ^ "Oasis: Heathen Chemistry". Entertainment Weekly: 84. 12 July 2002.  ^ Petridis, Alexis (21 June 2002). "Yawning glory". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 January 2013.  ^ Hilburn, Robert (30 June 2002). "Oasis, 'Heathen Chemistry' Epic". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 June 2016.  ^ Fox, Jason (25 June 2002). "Oasis : Heathen Chemistry". NME. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2013.  ^ a b Mitchum, Rob (10 July 2002). "Oasis: Heathen Chemistry". Pitchfork. Retrieved 27 January 2013.  ^ "Oasis: Heathen Chemistry". Q (192). July 2002.  ^ Moon, Tom (4 July 2002). "Oasis: Heathen Chemistry : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 16 December 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2017.  ^ Klosterman, Chuck (August 2002). "Oasis: Heathen Chemistry". Spin. 18 (8): 113. Retrieved 10 February 2013.  ^ Reed, Mark (11 July 2002). " Album
Review: Oasis
– Heathen Chemistry". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 10 February 2013.  ^ Chakroff, Evan (1 September 2003). " Oasis
Heathen Chemistry
Heathen Chemistry
– Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 February 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2013.  ^ http://fasterlouder.junkee.com/noel-gallagher/825523/3 ^ "Australiancharts.com – Oasis
– Heathen Chemistry". Hung Medien. ^ " Oasis
Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Oasis
– Heathen Chemistry" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. ^ "Lescharts.com – Oasis
– Heathen Chemistry". Hung Medien. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Oasis
– Heathen Chemistry". Hung Medien. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Oasis
– Heathen Chemistry". Hung Medien. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Oasis
– Heathen Chemistry". Hung Medien. ^ "OLiS: sales for the period 01.07.2002 - 07.07.2002". OLiS.  ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Oasis
– Heathen Chemistry". Hung Medien. ^ " Oasis
Artist Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. ^ " Oasis
Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.

External links[edit]

Heathen Chemistry
Heathen Chemistry
at YouTube
(streamed copy where licensed)

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Studio albums

Definitely Maybe (What's the Story) Morning Glory? Be Here Now Standing on the Shoulder of Giants Heathen Chemistry Don't Believe the Truth Dig Out Your Soul

Live albums

Familiar to Millions Live from The Roundhouse


Definitely Maybe
Definitely Maybe
(singles box) Morning Glory (singles box) The Masterplan Stop the Clocks Time Flies... 1994–2009

Extended plays

Live Demonstration Boy with the Blues


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Other songs

"Slide Away" "Half the World Away" " Talk
Tonight" "Acquiesce" "The Masterplan" "Stop the Clocks" "Boy with the Blues"

Video albums

Live by the Sea ...There and Then Familiar to Millions Definitely Maybe Lord Don't Slow Me Down Time Flies... 1994–2009


Definitely Maybe
Definitely Maybe
Tour (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Tour Be Here Now Tour Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Tour The Tour of Brotherly Love Heathen Chemistry
Heathen Chemistry
Tour Don't Believe the Truth
Don't Believe the Truth
Tour Dig Out Your Soul
Dig Out Your Soul



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Albums and Songs

The Dreams We Have as Children Standing on the Edge of the Noise "Wibbling Rivalry" "Stop the Clocks"