Hailing from Liam Gallagher’s self-proclaimed ‘Centre of the Universe’, Manchester, it was only right that I tried penning a few words to Beady Eye‘s second release, BE. (The temptation to write this in a Mancunian accent was insatiable, but I was persuaded/warned otherwise)
With the unshakeable chip on his shoulder following Oasis‘ 38th split, Liam and co. have come back with another point to prove, and so, this was their chance to go hell for leather and adventure out of the shackles of nod-along SUNSHEIIIINE lad rock. Unfortunately, the predictability of the entire album reigns in what should have been some sort of defining moment for Beady Eye.
The album was penned by Liam whose lyricism is compiled of playground rhymes and sounded out through his trademark and beautiful Mancunian twang, but the help of David Sitek seemed exciting and promised a shift beyond lad-indie and into the psychedelic realms of something more thought out and rounded.
‘Flick Of The Finger’ kicks off the record, and unfortunately the album peaks therein; it’s whirling horns and monologue overture are clever and open the album with a strut and swagger that was often M.I.A. in the rushed Different Gear, Still Speeding.
‘Soul Love’, with its bright Sitek-directed twinkles of sonic psychedelia, delves into the murks and well trodden waters of a Beatles-inspired softly-softly rhythm. This track is just too Oasis. Is this a bad thing? No, not at all, but for Liam, it wouldn’t be the most ideal comment.
‘Face The Crowd’ is edgier and full of heavy reverb and explores a gutsier side of Beady Eye, but when it comes down to it, the track lacks the aggressive conviction it needs and deserves.
The latin-laden ‘Second Bite of the Apple’ sees Liam’s feverish tambourine make a pleasant return and the horn-y track stands out amongst a sea of other plod-along guitar f*ckriffery.
‘Don’t Brother Me’ is provocative and trademark hurting Liam, but sees an olive branch offered to ‘our kid’ Noel, “give peace a chance, Take my hand, Be a man”.
I really wanted to love this album, but this seems to just plug some holes until an inevitable 2015 Oasis re-re-re-reunion. ‘LG’ talks a good game and BE could have been his crowing glory aside from his brother; fresh and swaggering, but instead melted into something that’s been done many times before.
…Adam has been listening to One Direction – Up All Night…