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CD REVIEW: "Different Gear, Still Speeding" by Beady Eye

Andrew W. Griffin
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RDR CD REVIEW: Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding (Dangerbird)

Since the Gallagher brothers of Oasis had their final
blow-up in ‘09, older brother and guitarist Noel decided to go solo while
snotty singer Liam kept the rest of Oasis with him and formed a whole new group
called Beady Eye.

And while in England recently, your Red Dirt Reporter
noticed a lot of buzz about the impending release of Different Gear, Still Speeding as you began to hear the raucous first
single, “Bring the Light.”

And really, the only way you can tell Noel is even gone is
that some of his signature licks are missing as are his keen lyrics. You may
say, well, that’s a bad thing, right? Actually, it’s a bit more rock n’ roll,
at least compared to the last Oasis disc, Dig
Out Your Soul

In reality, Liam Gallagher sounds revitalized, as does his
former Oasis bandmates – guitarists Andy Bell and Gem Archer and drummer Chris

“Four Letter Word” kicks off the disc in a rousing sort of
way while “Wind Up Dream” sounds more like latter-day Oasis albeit a bit more
stripped down. And we love that harmonica bit.

“Standing On the Edge of the Noise” is crunchy-yet-bland
filler while “Three Ring Circus” has some worthwhile moments but as a whole
doesn’t quite stick with you.

“Millionaire” has a sweet sound about it that brings to mind
some late ‘60s-styled pop-rock, while “The Roller” has a retro-70’s sing-a-long
vibe that you could imagine a band like Jellyfish embracing. The same could
possibly be said for “The Beat Goes On.” Dig it, hippies!

And I must say that I absolutely love “For Anyone.” I mean
who can get around the fact that Gallagher has a Beatles fetish? This is a beautiful
little Merseybeat, “Top of the Pops”-esque number that demonstrates he has a
softer and more romantic side. This is the sort of song that you wouldn’t get
to hear Liam sing were he still under his brother’s watchful eye in Oasis.

Gallagher, who has a love of mod rockers like The Who, seems
to have the band channel Townshend and company for a bold tune called “Beatles
and Stones.” Lots of handclaps and a groovy groove. I love the break with the
barrelhouse piano, and yeah, you just almost can hear “My Generation” wanting
to break out of this song.

And speaking of “Beatles,” we know how much Gallagher wishes
he were John Lennon but its George Harrison who comes to mind on the mellow
album closer “The Morning Son.”

Different Gear, Still
gets better with each listen. Yeah, I was a big Oasis fan. Still
am, even though I haven’t really gotten into their work since 2000’s Standing On the Shoulder of Giants and
the trippy Indian groover “Who Feels Love?” What a great tribute to the acid-n-sitar
vibes of the mid-and-late Sixties.

But it’s a decade later and even though we don’t get that
band anymore and the battling brothers have finally parted ways, I really think
Beady Eye has a bright future even if they look to the past for inspiration.

Grade - A

Copyright 2011 West
Marie Media

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