Beady Eye
Different Gear, Still Speeding


3.0
good

Review

by Joseph Viney STAFF
February 28th, 2011 | 49 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Liam & Co. choose not to look back in anger

The news of Oasis’ demise was met with two distinct reactions. One was a hearty rejoicing; the end of the Beatles wannabe, tabloid-baiting carnival. The other was of a regret that, despite their many faults, a great and memorable group had passed on. When it was revealed that Liam Gallagher and company had reformed under a different moniker and were in the midst of planning an album there was amusement all round. There was surprise that the otherwise reliable Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock would side with Liam, a man whose reputation preceded him and who could be deemed responsible for Oasis’ more controversial moments.

Beady Eye has been awaited in some corners with a sense of rubbernecking voyeurism. For every listener hoping for a smooth and blitzing debut you could count on two others who would just love to see this project fail. It’s bad news for the latter this time, as Different Gear, Still Speeding is a fun, raucous and lovingly imperfect opening salvo.

With all of the attention being lavished on Liam, it’s easy to forget that Beady Eye is also comprised of three very able musicians. Guitarist Gem Archer and bassist Andy Bell plied their trade with indie stalwarts Heavy Stereo and Ride respectively and drummer Chris Sharrock is notable for his role in The La’s, one of Merseyside’s finest groups of the past few decades. Their experience and talent is put to good use here.

Opener “Four Letter Word” explodes with reckless abandon and sounds like a Bond theme in the making. Liam is on top form, declaring with spiteful glee that “nothing ever lasts forever.” It stands as both a clarion call and defining statement for Beady Eye. This is a group that, despite their wealth and experience, see themselves as underdogs and revel in that status. This idea of wealth is belittled in the following track “Millionaire”, with Liam mocking a character whose “faded glamour’s out of season” over a country-fried acoustic tune.

The Gallagher brothers always wore their influences on their sleeves and detractors used it as a stick to beat them with. They were regularly chided as derivative and unoriginal but Beady Eye have created a subtle mix of different flavours with liberal sprinklings of past and present styles. Their debut single “Bring The Light” is a joyful slice of 60s pop replete with honky-tonk piano, a heavenly chorus of backing singers and, some lame lyrics aside, is one of the album’s brightest moments. “Beatles And Stones”, as well as name-checking two of the group’s more apparent influences, is unnervingly similar to “My Generation”. Liam quite confidently and arrogantly declares himself to be able to “stand the test of time like Beatles and Stones.” It’s the boldest of claims but on this evidence you can just about believe it to be true. However, if they continue to produce songs like the fey and uninspiring “For Anyone” with its sickly sweet summery vibe and the leaden “The Roller”, an obvious single yet still a bad choice due to its ambiguous lyrics and distinct lack of melody, then they might not be long for this earth. The album’s finale is the woozy, progressive and psychedelic ballad “The Morning Son.” Despite a grammatical howler (“The morning son has rose”) it’s a fitting end to an album that wouldn’t be right if it was flawless.

Cynics can say that Beady Eye are just playing Oasis’ B-list material and that there’s nothing new here. One listen to this album though and you come to realise that its Noel’s absence that has made it. His miserable and cynical attitude would have put paid to numbers like “Bring The Light” and “Four Letter Word” and whilst the album isn’t perfect, it retains an ideal of love, care and attention that Oasis had been missing for a good few years before their split.



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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2011


16922 Comments


I could never stand Oasis...I still have my reservations about this, but I'll check out a song or two if I have the time.

Nice review as always, man. You have definitely eliminated any doubt I had about you being catapulted to staff.

Digging: Low Roar - 0

JViney
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2011


322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'd definitely recommend Four Letter Word. If you don't like that then don't bother.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2011


16922 Comments


Will do. I'll give it a shot.

edit: I listened and it was alright, fairly forgettable though. If the rest of the album is in the same vein, it would probabably be a 2.5 for me.

Knott-
Emeritus
February 28th 2011


10198 Comments


This review reads as much stronger than a 3 to me, but hey, maybe I've been round these parts too long, haha.

Great write-up though. I have heard this but I don't want to listen again and I don't care if that's because I hate the idea of Liam Gallagher instead of the music.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2011


31622 Comments


I'm quite the Oasis fan, but I somehow have just avoided checking this out. Maybe I will now, who knows...

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2011


10583 Comments


not enough cocaine here

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

lancebramsay
February 28th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This sounds bland to me.

DrGunther
March 1st 2011


186 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This sounds a lot better than I thought it'd be, but it's still pretty average. Noel's written some good stuff over the years but it's hardly groundbreaking, so not surprised they've carried on pretty much as normal.

Review is spot on.

Digging: Elder (USA-MA) - Dead Roots Stirring

Tyrael
March 1st 2011


20971 Comments


Nice review but it reads a little bit higher than a 3...

AggravatedYeti
March 1st 2011


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

as much as I thought this would be horrible there's a little piece of me that hoped it would be good.

also rudy wins the thread.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
March 1st 2011


7427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was much better than I expected, still not great though. It kind of deters from the whole idea of new music being fresh and exciting.

Also I'm glad that I'm not the only one who has noticed the Beatles And Stones and My Generation similarity. Utter theft.

AggravatedYeti
March 1st 2011


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0



Brit-pop theft just comes with the territory concerning Oasis.

Pete7
March 1st 2011


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't agree on The Roller. Quality melody and lines like "you been crawling through a maze - an alcohol lemon haze" are quite enjoyable to me. More inspired than a lot of other music nowadays. Liam is an excellent studio singer b.t.w - looking forward to the life performances.... we'll see.

JWT155
March 1st 2011


9358 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Have little expectations reserved for this.

Dogget
March 2nd 2011


781 Comments


I'm surprised at this, the single they released sounded even more derivative of their 'influences' than oasis did to me.

Beauers
March 2nd 2011


261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album. Got a lot of time for it.

JViney
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2011


322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think Noel Gallagher has visited this site and rated his brother's album...

PuddlesPuddles
March 2nd 2011


4787 Comments


Hahahaha I wouldn't doubt it. I expected this to not be very stimulating, I can't bother to even rate it

SloppyMilkshake
March 2nd 2011


981 Comments


Saw this on front page...was reminded instantly of this.

http://www.ateaseweb.com/2011/03/01/good-times-heres-liam-gallagher-on-the-new-radiohead/

I don't know if there is any person more unlikable than Liam, but I doubt it.


JViney
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2011


322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I doubt he's 100% serious. He knows he has a reputation to uphold and he knows how to annoy people. That being said, King Of Limbs IS boring.



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