Beady Eye – Different Gear Still Speeding (Beady Eye Recordings)

March 23, 2011 by  

Everyone has been waiting to hear this album, yet hardly anyone has been expecting it to be anything other than sub-standard Oasis filler. That’s the kind of speculation and press Beady Eye have had to deal with since they formed in 2010. Oasis minus Noel Gallagher is not too much of an attractive prospect on paper, but with Liam having progressively more input on the last couple of Oasis albums, this is his chance to really take the reins and show everybody what he can do.

What this freedom from the controlling older brother has done for Liam is take away the pressure, and with lower expectations from the music world the resulting album is a collection of fresh sounding, good time songs. In fact it has a fresher sound than any post ‘Morning Glory’ Oasis albums, where the band seemed too intent on progressing their sound and maturing. Of course, Liam’s tastes are firmly rooted in the past, specifically the 60s, and this record is unashamedly derivative. Not that there is anything wrong with that, he knows what he’s doing and he mixes the whimsical 60s melodies with soft psychedelia to good effect. Opener ‘Four Letter Word’ is an energetic romp that showcases his expert vocals, while single ‘The Roller’ has that sing along chorus that he is renowned for bellowing out (but not writing). ‘Bring The Light’ sees the band draw from 50’s rock and roll, and is as far away from Oasis as it gets on the album, and possibly the best track. ‘For Anyone’ is the challenger, an upbeat, no-nonsense acoustic song that you could file next to The La’s when it comes to high-end 60’s pop influenced records.

Without Noel Gallagher the quality control was always going to be an issue, and there are a couple of tracks here that are poor, ‘Beatles and Stones’ being the obvious choice. But even with those tracks, the album has life to it, and is certainly better than anyone would have expected. Liam himself stated “It’s not the best album in the world” and he’s right, but he wouldn’t be saying that if he wasn’t sure that he had done good with his first post-Oasis effort.

[rating:3.5]


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