What would a year-end retrospective be without commentary from Noel Gallagher?
The former Oasis frontman ranted and raved about his favorites of 2013, answering questions posed by Rolling Stone about various music newsmakers, from Kanye West and Miley Cyrus to Arcade Fire and David Bowie. It turns out Gallagher was a big fan of West this year but soured on Arcade Fire.
"I'm not really a fan of his or anything like that," Gallagher said when asked about Kanye West's "Yeezus," before admitting that it took the interview West did with BBC radio host Zane Lowe to get him interested.
"I was at a party quite soon after that, and that track 'Black Skinhead' came on. I didn't know who it was -- like I said, I'm not wised up on that kind of s--t. I was like, 'What the f--king hell is this?'" Gallagher said. "And turns out it's off that new album. So I got the album, and it's f--king great. I really like it. Particularly that track -- it's f--king out there, do you know what I mean? It's got a great lo-fi, punk vibe to it."
The British singer/guitarist must not be reflecting on that time Jay Z slammed him on a West-produced cut that almost made "The Blueprint 3." 2008's "Jackin' Jay-Z" appeared as a B-side on the "Empire State of Mine" single with these lyrics: "That bloke from Oasis said I couldn't play guitar / Somebody should have told him I'm a f--kin' rock star."
Gallagher may have come around on his appreciation for West, but the same can't be said for Arcade Fire. The band's newest album, "Reflektor," received high praise from most critics, but Gallagher found the effort pretentious -- even though he hasn't listened to it.
"I haven't heard it," Gallagher said when asked for his thoughts on the album. "Anybody that comes back with a double album, to me, needs to pry themselves out of their own a--hole. This is not the Seventies, okay? Go and ask Billy Corgan about a double album. Who has the f--king time, in 2013, to sit through 45 minutes of a single album? How arrogant are these people to think that you've got an hour and a half to listen to a f--king record?"
Gallagher went on to chastise Cyrus for her "outrageous" antics and label Robin Thicke a "one-hit wonder." Read all of his comments on Rolling Stone.