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Music Review: Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding

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I’m going to attempt a review without further mentioning Oasis. Even though it’s Liam Gallagher, I think he deserves to be listened to with fresh ears. Let’s see if it’s possible.

The album opens strongly. The Brass gives it a different feel to previous bands the members have been in. Liam sounds older, but it may have more to do with Steve Lillywhite (the producer) than Liam himself. The guitars are strong and stable and, all in all, it’s a convincing start.

Thankfully Beady Eye hits a different gear in “Millionaire,” which sits on the fence between Britpop jangle and Led-Zep-esque world music rock.

Tracks three and four (“The Roller” and “Beatles and Stones”) wear their Beatles influences on their sleeves in a way that makes me want to skip the tracks. The latter suffers less from this.

“Wind Up Dream” has the ‘Rock Music by Numbers’ thing going on that these guys are so good at/guilty of. The collection of homage-paying riffs almost gives it a sampled feel. The same songwriting technique continues into track six. This was the only track I had heard before. I never thought it was a very strong first single, but I think it does a little better in the context of the album.

Track 7 (“For Anyone”) is throwaway. Possibly in a good way, it’s one of the least forced songs on the album.

I can’t ignore the Beatles-esque intro to Track 8 (“Kill for a Dream”). It’s been the strongest song so far. It’s anthemic pop, which we don’t hear enough of today and convinces me that the album could be worth a second listen.

Track nine convinces you that Steve Lillywhite did well to provide some focus to this ragged bunch of Beatles’ rip offs. With a less experienced producer the results could have been disastrous.

Wigwam saves the album again with a new gear. Unfortunately it’s ‘whiney-Liam’ and it’s not a great track. It should be anthemic, but it overstays its welcome.

A newer, better gear opens “Three Ring Circus.” It’s a throwaway rocker – but a good one.

“The Beat Goes On” sounds like recapitulation before the finish. I hope for Liam’s sake it’s the album and not his career.

“The Morning Sun” is the last chance the album has to convince me that it’s worth returning to. It starts well and doesn’t jump obviously to a big chorus. It stays nice and warm and does a good job of closing the album.

In conclusion, I think it’s a grower.  I like it. If it wasn’t the less talented half of Oasis rising from the ashes, then I think we’d be looking at one of the British tips for the summer festivals. Sadly, there’s no way this band’s going to get a fair run and it’s just case of seeing how much mileage they can get out of the Oasis bandwagon before they call it a day. Dave Grohl managed it on leaving Nirvana, but I think he’s cut from a different cloth than Liam.

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  • HRH Adam

    This is no more a personal attack than your review was on Liam. But, what a tepid, boring-to-read review.

  • David

    The album is a grower. I guarantee give it a listen 3 more times but skip a day before the next listen and you will end up liking it. I see similarities in this album to other bands but I would not say its a rip off ( except for The Roller, parts at least). I didnt like it my first listen, now I cant stop listening to it. Wigwam should have been 4 minutes with that wonderful outro, not 6.