Having finally escaped the clutches of his controlling and narcissistic brother Noel, Liam Gallagher has now made his own leap into the music world with the eagerly anticipated, and eagerly shunned, Different Gear, Still Speeding. For months Liam has prepared the world for what the Beady Eye debut would be like with claims, in true Gallagher style, that it will be “as good as Definitely Maybe if not better” and “a fucking top debut”. But does it live up to all the hype? Well, sort of.
In all fairness this album had a bit too much to live up to, so the fact that listening to it is a little underwhelming is hardly surprising. But that isn’t to say that it’s bad, quite the contrary in fact it’s quite good, some would say that it’s very good, it just isn’t the instant classic that we were led to expect. A lot about Different Gear, Still Speeding has a slightly Oasis feel to it, and anyone who didn’t know who they were listening to could even find themselves filing it under the same name, but surely when you’ve been part of the same band for nearly twenty years it’s forgivable to have it rub off on you a bit.
The album opens with a bang as the single Four Letter Word goes off like a disgruntled firework. Liam sings, if you can call it that, this song as though he has something to prove, ripping his way through the lyrics with an intensity that proves the widely acknowledged belief that Noel was holding him back. And much like his brother his voice is, in all its Manchurian glory, a little hard to understand at times, but once you decipher the words they stay with you for good.
Of course this album does have its downers in the guise of songs like The Roller which to be cruel comes out as a “how to” rock song, something that Liam should be well above making by now, that becomes a little monotonous towards the end. But then it’s a lot better than Bring The Light which fans were first given a chance to hear back in November. This song is on the one hand one that Noel would never have allowed to be recorded, but on the other hand it has to be said that not allowing this song would have been doing the world a service. At first Bring The Light is a good song with a short lived acoustic feel to it but after a while it becomes very boring indeed.
Liam said of Beady Eye “we’re gonna be fucking massive” and he’s probably right. The younger Gallagher brother has done well and with the prospect of an Oasis reunion unlikely at the moment, he recently said “I’m not going to say ‘never’ but at the moment no fucking chance”, this will surely keep many fans happy. Beady Eye’s debut album Different Gear, Same Speed has given Liam Gallagher a well deserved chance to shine as a frontman and go his own way. On the whole this is a decent release and one well worth owning. Liam is clearly here to say and he says so in one of the songs “I’m the last of a dying breed/ and it’s not the end of the world/ it’s not even the end of the day”. Let’s hope not.
Originally published here: http://www.bn1magazine.co.uk/music/news/291-beady-eye-review