"Maybe your gonna be the one that saves me/and after all/you're my wonderwall." This stirring and eerily effective chorus gave Oasis the perfect means to strike a passionate chord with millions of listeners in 1995. Their first single released from their sophomore release What's the Story Morning Glory, "Wonderwall" emerged as a British rock anthem resonating with hope for the band's ever-expanding fan base. "Round Are Way" is a brilliantly strung melody with catchy guitar riffs by guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher, scintillating vocal presence by Liam Gallagher, and an intense cloud of breathless brass and harmonica work. The third track, "Swamp Song," is Oasis' sole instrumental piece, an intense four-minute block of sterling distortion-laden guitar and soaring harmonica chants by guest mate Paul Weller. The very ending is loud and raucous, a blend of heavy rock & roll noise that sincerely identifies the group's overconfident and reckless image at times. However, the band turns full circle during the final track, proving to their ever-observant critics and fans that they can create a highly imaginative tune, without revved up and excess wattage, but instead with a more solemn approach. The endearing and eloquently spun gem, "The Masterplan," is a tune packed with raw emotion, enlightening and thought-provoking lyrics, and an emotionally stirring string arrangement. Reaching a vitally high level in musicianship, "The Masterplan" helped the band discover an even broader interest group and is certainly one of Oasis' finest achievements. During the tour, the tune thrilled crowds and became a favorite and regular request, and though it was not released on Morning Glory, many reverent fans believed it should have been. A song about hope, the future, finding one's destiny, and a master plan is a heartfelt message that achieved a spiritually uplifting effect upon Oasis listeners. Due to sales distribution, this British import is relatively a rare find, and listeners should have greater luck finding "The Masterplan" as the final track on their long-play B-side album, self-entitled by the same name.
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AllMusic Review by Shawn M. Haney