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.

Tracklisting:

  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