For a band that recorded 'Be Here Now', the fastest selling album ever in the UK less than 10 years ago, it is maybe surprising how irrelevant Oasis have become so quickly.

With all eyes currently on Coldplay and their younger cousins in the piano-driven indie pop genre, Keane, it seems fans have moved on from the brash Dad rock that eclipsed all comers in the mid 1990s.

And when you think about it, Oasis were never really all that good. Simplistic tracks like 'Shakermaker' and 'Supersonic' that made them stars were hardly classic material, while it's still difficult to tell what it is about 'Wonderwall' that people seem to like so much.

Granted though, songs like 'Live Forever' did have an infectious youthful energy that was hard to ignore. Here on 'Don't Believe the Truth', only 'Love Like a Bomb', which was co-written by Liam Gallagher and relative newcomer Gem Archer, comes close to matching that energy.

Indeed, considering Noel Gallagher wrote almost all of the band's songs on the earlier albums and most of the B-sides cherished by fans, it's odd to note that his latest half dozen make up most of the lowlights.

The familiar-sounding lyrics of 'Part of the Queue' are probably indicative of how Gallagher senior has really run out of things to say, still talking about how hard it is to find his soul in this town.

'Mucky Fingers' and 'The Importance of Being Idle' are dreary, uninspiring affairs while even the lead single, 'Lyla', features a chord change in the chorus that is so clunky you'd swear it was sampled from the Angelus.

'Keep the Dream Alive', one of the record's stronger tracks, has a flowing structure that makes it should like it could slot in somewhere on 'What's The Story (Morning Glory)'. Which is strange given that Andy Bell, who wrote the track, wasn't even in Oasis at the time of that multi-million selling album.

Elsewhere, Liam Gallagher's continuing efforts to write a meaningful love song continue to fall somewhat flat, especially given lines like "You could be my railroad/We'd go on and on" on 'Guess God Thinks I'm Abel'.

The last track on the album, 'Let There Be Love', is one of the few memorable moments. Written by Noel and sung by both himself and Liam, it's a slow love long that features a John Lennon-esque piano line included as if to remind everyone they're still obsessed with The Beatles.

Unfortunately for the Manchester brothers and their new bandmates, Oasis couldn't even be said to be the best Beatles copy artists anymore, as Razorlight's enjoyable but incredibly derivative debut proves clearly.

Twentysomethings who fell for the Manchester mad boys' charms back in the days of 'Definitely Maybe' are best advised to indulge in nostalgia by seeing them live, for this record only goes to prove how mediocre Oasis were in the first place.

Bill Lehane

Tracklisting: Turn Up the Sun - Mucky Fingers - Lyla - Love Like a Bomb - The Importance of Being Idle - The Meaning of Soul - Guess God Thinks I'm Abel - Part of the Queue - Keep the Dream Alive - A Bell Will Ring - Let There Be Love