Stop Crying Your Heart Out is off of Oasis’ 5th studio album, Heathen Chemistry (2002). The song was written by Noel Gallagher and was produced by Oasis. Noel and his brother Liam Gallagher are the lead vocalists on the track.
The power ballad was heavily compared to the band’s previous single Slide Away, while its hook is reminiscent of their song Don’t Look Back in Anger. It garnered mixed reviews from music critics. While some praised Noel’s ability to lighten the mood of his target audience, others felt that the song was disappointing and forgettable.
Stop Crying Your Heart Out debuted and peaked at # 2 on the UK Singles Chart and reached a peak of # 6 on the UK Indie Chart. It peaked at # 1 in Italy, and reached the top-twenty in Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Norway.
Stop Crying Your Heart Out was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on July 12, 2002, denoting shipments of over 200,000 copies.
Stop Crying Your Heart Out was written solely by Noel Gallagher, and was produced by Oasis. Noel and his brother Liam are the lead vocalists on the track. The song was recorded at Wheeler End Studios and Olympic Studios in England, and was mixed by Mark Stent. It was engineered by David Treahearn, Jan “Stan” Kybert and Paul “P-Dub” Walton. Several instrumentalists were used for the song’s melody, including Andy Bell as the bass player, Oasis drummer Alan White, Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer on guitar, and Mike Rowe on piano.
Stop Crying Your Heart Out is a motivational power ballad which lasts for a duration of five minutes and five seconds, Its melodic structure bears strong resemblances to Slide Away, one of their songs from their debut studio album Definitely Maybe (1994), while its hook is reminiscent of the chorus of their 1996 song Don’t Look Back in Anger.
Liam Gallagher “croons” the lines “All of us stars/ We’re fading away/ Just try not to worry/ You’ll see them some day“, as an orchestra plays in the background.
The music video (see above) was shot in London, England. In the uncensored version, near the end of the video a woman takes a full gas can and douses herself in gasoline, then holds a lit match in her hand.
Editor’s Note: Another song about tears, or the encouragement to not shed any tears, is by Oasis.
It has always struck me as interesting, and ironic, how melodic and harmonious Oasis’ music is, and how volatile and combative Liam and Noel are, to other musicians and bands and artist, and worst of all, to each other. I think their nasty nature was a turn off to me for a long time, but eventually their melodic and harmonious songs won me over – big time.