If Beady Eye's first album Different Gear Still Speeding sounded like the musical equivalent of when a teacher has walked out of a classroom for five minutes, then the minimally titled BE is certainly the sound of the teacher walking back in; sitting up straight, arms folded and listening to instructions. With no Noel around to provide a human filter, Beady Eye's début found itself in pastiche mode with Beatles and Stones, The Roller etc.; it was a notable step back from the last Oasis LP, Dig Out Your Soul, which is why it was so refreshing to hear that Liam and co. had called in the innovative producer Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) to twiddle the knobs on this second effort from the Oasis remainders.
Sure, there are a few Lennon moments here or there, but you knew that, right? And this time they are few and far between. Instead, what we are treated to is an album that surprises at every opportunity. The Production is atmospheric and intriguing, while the song writing owes more to grooves than riffs, leaving a far more contemporary taste in the mouth.
First track Flick of the Finger puts the listener in his or her place with immediate effect, trumpets and repetitive drums open this album rather than heavy guitars; it's nearly a minute before Liam sneers through the fog of horns and gives Gem and Andy Bell the nod to get involved.
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