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You can’t blame John Squire for wanting to be Noel Gallagher. The former Stone Roses guitarist must have been appalled, after toiling many years for more acclaim than success, when the Oasis brothers rolled onto the scene with a similar sound and got rich. So on his new band’s debut, Squire meets the kids halfway: “Love Is the Law” and “Happiness Is Eggshaped” are both lyrically vague three-minute anthems à la Oasis, but with long guitar solos tacked onto the ends à la late Roses—more than three minutes’ worth in the case of “Law,” which actually cites Oasis by name. Another cut, “Love Me and Leave Me,” Squire co-wrote with Liam Gallagher. Not to overstate the case, but the Do It Yourself experience (the title is apparently Squire’s self-directed memo to cash in) is akin to that of Definitely Maybe or What’s the Story Morning Glory?: All the songs are listenable, but they don’t stick with you at all. Only “Love Is the Law” has hooks sufficient to make it replay in your head. (Have you ever thought of Oasis as the British Pearl Jam? Consider: Ostentatiously unoriginal guitar band becomes hugely popular by virtue of pretty-boy frontman who embodies ego ideal of target audience while singing heavyish, pseudo-meaningful songs. Liam Gallagher and Eddie Vedder may have nothing to say, but they sure look and sound like rock stars saying it. Which obviously doesn’t make them unique; they’re just better at it than anyone else. Including the Seahorses.)

—James Lochart