Beady Eye - Different Gear, Still Speeding Album Review

Review of Different Gear, Still Speeding Album by Beady Eye

It would be easy to ridicule Beady Eye, essentially Oasis sans Noel. It would be easy to snipe, to dismiss, to fill up a review with 'hilarious' comments about the band, their fan-base and what this album says about the current musical climate. You know what? It is easy, but that doesn't mean it's not fun. And so that's exactly what this review will contain.

Beady Eye Different Gear, Still Speeding Album

The thing is; Beady Eye make it so easy. I'd love for Different Gear, Still Speeding to be a return to form, and to lavish praise on a three-piece free of the shackles of their former bands governing ego. I'd love, even moreso than this, to say that Andy Bell, he of disgracefully under-rated shoegazers Ride, had been encouraged to take more of a leading role and press the windswept euphoria of his earlier band onto Oasis's dated pub-rock template. But I can't. Because 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' is sh*t. It's really, really f*cking sh*t.

Now I don't have to resort to swearing, but I will. I can hardly avoid it. Beady Eye have created one of the most turgid and uninspiring albums that I have ever heard. The quality is extremely poor throughout; Liam sounds like he is forcing out a beer sh*t in the chorus of 'Millionaire'. At least I presume it's a chorus. By 'Beatles and Stones', one of many hilariously dreadful names given to the thirteen (unlucky for us) 'songs' on the full-length (see also 'Standing On The Edge Of The Noise', on which he sounds bored out of his skull, perhaps reaching the level of disappointment felt by everyone else when concerning his more recent musical offerings).

Beyond opener 'Four Letter Word' (the intro is used for some football-focused advert, you probably thought it was an Arctic Monkeys track) the album sounds like it has been recorded for about £50, and £45 of this could be costed to the 'sh*tty f*cking reverb' department. Of course, in both its structure and production no post-21st century Gallagher release could be reviewed without a mention of The Beatles, so here we go; The Beatles.

Oasis...sorry, Beady Eye are a spent force; a trace of a trace of a trace of a trace of a trace of a band that were once the voice of a generation. A voice that has decomposed, yet sadly not silenced, after years, nay decades, of cheap watered down lagers and cheaper watered down drugs, spat out by a tracksuited demi-human that's acting like a freaking ham sandwich. Inevitably, it is also a voice that will be cackling the last laugh as this musical abortion reaches its nth hundred thousandth copy sold.

1/10

Jordan Dowling)




Site - http://www.beadyeyemusic.com

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ahmalavo's picture

ahmalavo

it's all true: Different Gear, Still Speeding' is sh*t. It's really, really f*cking sh*t.

3 years 6 months ago
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Jordan Dowling

lolno: no,i haven't.

3 years 5 months ago
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oasisfuckonlennon

Wot th f**k r u, a f**kn rags fan? Blue moon risin hand n hand with Liam you piece of ManUre s**te

2 years 11 months ago
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Alastair Thompson

Jordan - I write for Contact intermittently and although I don’t like to criticise writers, this review is appalling. You clearly hated the album before you had listened to it as you have made no attempt to deconstruct the music or the lyrics. I can’t believe this is the worst album you’ve heard in the last 7 years.

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Jordan is a clown

Jordan you sir are an arse, the album is of decent quality. Not great but a very good album. Stick to listening to Bruno Mars and Justin Beieber. knobhead

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Jordan Dowling

Alistair, i think i make it pretty clear that I had high expectations of the album before listening to it? If you read the first two paragraphs of the review.What exactly is there to 'deconstruct'? i could easily write 200 words on each track but it would be pointless; it would give the impression that there is something of value worth criticising in great detail. I welcome you to read previous reviews I have done for this site. This isn't a typical review of mine, but this album isn't typical either. An album, no matter how good or bad you find it personally, typically offers at least one new idea, or has one thing to base a review around. 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', for me, doesn't.Or, of course, you could intermittently f**k off.

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Stupor

Got to agree with the reviewer, this album is terrible. I actually quite liked Oasis up to Be Here Now and still on later albums there sparks of greatness here and there. But this is truly truly awful, it sounds like the first band I was in when I was fifteen and we were dogs**te. This band could have been interesting had they adopted a bit of influence from Ride like the reviewer said, something that could shake the formula up a bit. Instead its just lazy riffs and crap Noel guitar solo's. The vocal melodies are even more horrendus and laughable.

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lolno

Haha, what an abortion of a review. This is the kind of review sites write just to gain some attention for themselves. It's pretty transparent in that regard. But it's also quite dumb, because the reviewer is holding up the musical stylings of a band from 1988 as an example of something that ISN'T dated. Yeah, right.

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Ponderous

This review is a bit harsh. Just a bit though. It's certainly not the worst album I've ever heard, but it's one hell of a far cry from the best. I think it would stand well against the rest of the modern music scene, but really? How difficult is that when you really think about?There is great, great talent in this band. Gem and Andy are utter fantastic muscians, and I think it shows in some of the songs of this album. The problem, to be blunt, is the lyrics (All the band members can share some blame here) and Liam's woefully inadequate vocals. This is a man who was one of the greatest frontmen in rock reduced to a whining, weezing echo of the "Voice of Oasis". I wanted to love this album so much. I wanted to hear that the horrible live performances that Liam had been phoning in over the last few years were just a mistake because he was bored (For an example, check out the live gig included in the collector's edition of Time Flies... Absolute rubbish in the worst way due to Liam's abysmal vocals).Added to the fact that it was quite a long, bloated thing to slog through, once I hit around the middle of the album I had to start double checking google to make sure the back end of the album wasn't just a bunch of covers. I know I've heard just about every one of those songs somewhere else but just couldn't place it, especially "Standing on the Edge of the Noise".There were a couple of bright spots. "Millionaire" was fun and "Kill For A Dream" was playfully whimsical... I just can't make myself call the rest of them memorable.And to all of the comparisons to Oasis... I don't see it myself. I mean, Beady Eye is a rock and roll band, so I suppose you can compare them in the same way that you can compare them to The Beatles or The Stone Roses or what have you. However, despite all of flagrant borrowing and sound a-likes I didn't hear anything really Oasis in any of that. Maybe some of Andy and Gem's songs from DBTT and DoYS were similar, but the meat of the Oasis catalogue did not reach my ears while listening to "Different Gear, Still Speeding". I suppose your mileage may vary.Overall, I would give it a 5/10. Definitely not as bad as the original review claims, but I can't say he's completely and utter wrong on song points.

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liam2707

hello

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