Beady Eye
BE


1.5
very poor

Review

by Joseph Viney STAFF
July 9th, 2013 | 67 replies


Release Date: 06/10/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

Even if you do live on a cave on mars with your fingers in your ear (though I hear it’s lovely this time of year), you’ll probably be aware that Mr. Liam Gallagher is something of an incendiary type.

It might be for show, it might be that he actually is just a massive dickhead; but whether it is for trying or otherwise, he really does get under people’s skin. Even as Oasis tried and repeatedly failed to ‘break’ America (you never hear that phrase anymore, do you?), our fair isle’s cousins still roll their eyes to this day at the mention of his name. A man of Liam’s standing and temperament is always setting himself up for a critical mauling, so any release he features on can pivot on that age old cliché; he can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk?

The two biggest problems with BE are thus; the energy that made their first LP a surprisingly decent effort has been removed completely, and Liam’s lyrics have plumbed to new, previously unassailable depths of self-parody.

Take, for example, the opening couplet of “Second Bite Of The Apple”: “Shake my tree, where’s the apple for me?/Tickle my feet with the NME.” This is quickly followed by the slightly less bizarre but no less atrocious “No point laughing if you don’t know why/I phone my love just to hear her smile.”

It’s unadulterated nonsense, and the fact it’s played straight with that faint asthmatic wheeze Liam has picked up in recent years makes it a lot more jarring. Given that he has spent a good portion of the past twenty years positioning himself as Mr. Big Mouth, it’s simply disappointing to hear Liam pen rhyme after rhyme for its own sake. What kind of album did he expect to make? It might still be better than Drake. My favourite kind of fish is hake.

The music (provided, lest we forget, by proclaimed British indie stalwarts) is for the most part uninspiring. “Soul Love” plods like a dozy beast before melting into a wholly unnecessary ambient fade-out. The dreadful “Don’t Brother Me” does the same thing but with 25% extra tacked on to the end. “Ballroom Figured” somehow offers even less than the rest of the songs put together.

OK. Something positive. Tracks like “Face The Crowd” and “I’m Just Saying” (probably the best song here) are perfect for the live setting; pretty much the scenario Beady Eye are built for. The album’s closer, “Start Anew”, by virtue of its name offers some form of redemption. Alas, it isn’t to be. The only thing you’ll find yourself saying is “Take ya own advice, mate.”

Nobody could have been expecting ground-breaking stuff, but at least put *some* effort in.



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SeaAnemone
July 9th 2013


20370 Comments


those are some tiny paragraphs

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JViney
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2013


322 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah I've been editing another site where the guy is very much up on smaller paragraphs etc. What do you think? Get rid and make them bigger?

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2013


7343 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Definitely make them bigger. Small paragraphs are ideal for newspapers but they don't really work
online.

Solid review as ever. I more or less agree. Dross.

JViney
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2013


322 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Right. Brought it into line a bit more. Yeah, looks better.

klap
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2013


10453 Comments


i wouldn't say Oasis "failed" to break America. Literally every american I know who grew up in the '90s knows "champagne supernova" and "wonderwall," while would be hard pressed to name a song by Blur (or even know who they are)

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JViney
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2013


322 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Hmm fair enough. Always seemed to me like they just bombed out.

klap
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2013


10453 Comments


sold nearly 4 million records of morning glory in the US and charted at #4 preeee good

Relinquished
July 9th 2013


25097 Comments


didn't see how the paragraphs were before but I like how they are

DegausserGuernica24
July 9th 2013


1134 Comments


I wonder if that's the same girl from the TWFM album cover.

Ire
July 9th 2013


41786 Comments


cool revu

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2013


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Kermit the Frog and his Beady Eye's

Cygnatti
July 9th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Seems polarizing.

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Tyrannic
July 9th 2013


3262 Comments


i don't mind the paragraphs; it's more to the point.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2013


50432 Comments


"Hmm fair enough. Always seemed to me like they just bombed out."

We have dumb people who listen to shit like Oasis in America too buddy

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2013


50432 Comments


fapping to the cover

Polyethylene
July 10th 2013


3096 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The epitome of mediocre

RadicalEd
July 10th 2013


2660 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^ no that's magna charta holy grail

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klap
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2013


10453 Comments


oh trebor handled that

Sheaiskl
July 10th 2013


816 Comments


would offer garments to prevent hypothermia

dcha
July 10th 2013


990 Comments


Shut up OP.



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