(This article is taken from the old Eagle’s Nest site, originally published on the 29th of March 2011 as part of a short review segment. As the site was a part-time blog back then, this article was not necessarily written for professional purposes)

 

Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding

 

Recognise the name? I didn’t at first. In 2009, after years of infighting between rock ‘n roll’s notorious ‘Cain and Abel’ (Noel and Liam Gallagher…respectively, perhaps?), Oasis split up. Or to put it correctly, the principal song-writer and guitarist, Noel, could not take any more fighting with his brother and quit the band. Thank goodness it was after they performed at MyCokeFest in South Africa in April of that year: one of the best concerts I’ve ever had the fortune of attending…

 

Beady Eye is Oasis, minus 1 x Gallagher brother

Beady Eye is Oasis, minus 1 x Gallagher brother

 

Beady Eye is the result of the same band, with minor line-up changes, continuing in a new direction. As with The Strokes’ Angles, I’m sure you could deduce something of that when looking at the title of the album (the little-girl-riding-an-alligator cover is quite surreal). And wait till you get to the music… At first listen, Beady Eye shares much the same characteristics of its predecessor: obsession with 60’s rock, especially The Beatles and The Rolling Stones (which co-incidentally the thinly-veiled ‘Beatles And Stones’ is about) and a stadium-sized frenzy of guitars and ‘lads on a night on the town’ attitude. But surprisingly, Liam Gallagher can pen songs and not just sing them with his Lennon-esque swagger. The album delights with the rollicking album-opener ‘Four Letter Word’, charming ‘The Roller’ & ‘For Anyone’, slide-guitar-infused ‘Millionaire’ and its highlight ‘Bring The Light’ – all 3 minutes 39 seconds of its 50’s style rock ‘n roll piano, a la Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard. Liam’s vocals haven’t sounded this great in years, and he shows a great range in his highly-recognizable voice. The album has a few overblown missteps, like the meandering ‘Wigwam’, but is a solid and undeniably passionate record of something new from something old…or new; it depends on how you look at it. Cast a beady eye over this one if you can.

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