Beady Eye’s blaring brass initially sounds like a new beginning, but it all comes to nothing
When not getting drunk and riding a dog around a pub, Liam Gallagher has been working hard on his band Beady Eye’s second album “BE”. Born out of the ruins of Oasis, many people were underwhelmed with Beady Eye’s 2011 debut “Different Gear, Still Speeding”. Initial releases from the new album ‘Flick of The Finger’ and ‘Second Bite of The Apple’ were both sensational, trailblazing monoliths. The performances of these tracks on ‘Jools Holland’ (with two drum kits and a brass section included) were propulsive, mesmerising musical performances. Liam was also on particularly good form, and you couldn’t help but get your hopes up for the album. Unfortunately, Beady Eye once again falls short.
Highlights include the soaring brass, razzmatazz spectacular “Flick of The Finger” (featuring a voice over from ‘Fonejacker’ Kayvan Novak) which opens the album – and what a start. It’s an absolutely terrific tune and you really feel as if you are being introduced to a musical event of an album. (Sadly, this is not actually the case) Single ‘Second Bite of the Apple’ is also a similarly bombastic, thrilling and down-right great song. These two are the more ‘out there’ tunes on the album for a band who admitted to being stuck in the “60s groove” for a long time. ‘Shine A Light’ and ‘Face The Crowd’ are also good, solid rock songs but nothing worth getting truly animated about. ‘Don’t Brother Me’ will certainly get everybody excited at the prospect of the almost-inevitable Oasis reunion, but it’s not a very stirring song.
I was really, genuinely excited for “BE”. I thought that this record would successfully make everyone forget about the shortcomings of “Different Gear, Still Speeding”. Instead, “BE” just brings back that same feeling of disappointment. When the band go more ‘out there’ on tracks such as “Flick of The Finger” – they sound fantastic. Gallagher sings “don’t shy away” on ‘Soul Love’, but you can’t help but wish that he didn’t shy away behind the same sound he had been making for yonks with Oasis. Has the band really gone out of their comfort zone and experimented as much as they had claimed? No, it doesn’t seem like it. It’s such a shame when Beady Eye show so much promise, yet only leaves behind a familiar taste of bitter disappointment…again.
“BE” is released on June 10 on Columbia records.