Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding (Dangerbird)

Everyone, myself included, will compare Beady Eye to Oasis; and why shouldn’t they? The band is essentially latter-day Oasis minus Noel Gallagher. Sonically, they pick up right where Oasis left off on 2008’s Dig Out Your Soul and just like latter-day Oasis, Different Gear, Still Speeding has a few good songs and some songs men in their 40’s should feel downright silly trying to execute (and this extends to the terrible drug-pun album title). Opener, “Four Letter Word”, is a bold up-tempo psych-rocker, but once it ends the bad ideas start to come fast and furious. The worst of them is undoubtedly “The Roller”, yet another pointless Lennon/Beatles rip-off in the Gallagher songbook. It’s fine to be influenced by someone, or even nick a few bits and pieces, but Liam Gallagher’s Beatles obsession has no subtlety, charm or humor – qualities The Beatles had in spades. On “The Roller”, Gallagher and Co. pick at the carcasses of “Instant Karma” and “All You Need Is Love”, but without a song nearly as meaningful. While this is the worst example of Beady Eye’s Beatle-referencing, it’s unfortunately not the only one – excessive “Hey Jude”-style chorus repetition (the worst aspect of The Beatles to ape) ruins “Kill For A Dream”, and they actually had the balls to write a song called “Beatles and Stones” – and then steal the riff from “My Generation” for it! The chorus says “I’m gonna stand the test of time/Like Beatles and Stones”. Perhaps you will Liam, but it ain’t gonna be for this spotty album.


  1. Four Letter Word
  2. Millionaire
  3. The Roller
  4. Beatles And Stones
  5. Wind Up Dream
  6. Bring The Light
  7. For Anyone
  8. Kill For A Dream
  9. Standing On The Edge Of The Noise
  10. Wigwam
  11. Three Ring Circus
  12. The Beat Goes On

13. The Morning Son