The Music Box: Beady Eye’s New Record, A Blinding Disappointment

Track Listing:

  1. Four Letter Word
  2. Millionaire
  3. The Roller
  4. Beatles And Stones
  5. Wind Up Dream
  6. Bring The Light
  7. For Anyone
  8. Kill For The Dream
  9. Standing on The Edge Of The Noise
  10. Wigwam
  11. Three Ring Circus
  12. The Beat Goes On
  13. The Morning Son

Release Date: 2/28/11

The Band:

The Brit-Pop four-piece was birthed from the radioactive fallout had by the toxic brains of the Oasis operation, Liam and Noel Gallagher.  After the band’s messy breakup in 2009, Liam took with him Gem Archer and Andy Bell, found a drummer, and called themselves Beady Eye.

The Review:

The more things change, the more they stay the same and it appears that even time-apart with different personnel cannot subdue the flames of Liam and Noel Gallagher’s explosive relationship.

“You’ve had enough/Staring out of those dead end eyes,” sings the Beady Eye front-man in his nasally English croon on “Four Letter Word,”  “It’s gonna be tough/The battle’s on and there’s always a prize/I don’t know what it is I’m feeling/A four letter word really get’s my meaning/Nothing ever lasts forever.”

The opening salvo’s refrain seems to be directed at Noel placing responsibility for the Oasis separation solely on his shoulders.

“Four Letter Word”

“Beatles And Stones” written to be a “hybrid” of an early Beatles and Rolling Stones track, bland in other words, makes a very bold statement when Gallagher states in the refrain “I’m gonna stand the test of time like Beatles and Stones/It freaks them out I’m not doing what I’m told,” a brazen forecast indeed.

Liam continues with “I’m coming back home to get what’s mine/And when I get home we’ll all be alright,” apparently stating that he will restore the Gallagher name that was sullied by his brothers’ antics.

“Beatles And Stones”

Beady Eye’s upcoming release is the rushed product of sibling rivalry.  When Liam finally crawled out from beneath Noel’s shadow in 2009, like many younger brothers before him, he was starved for attention and moved hastily to captivate the minds of millions.  Liam wanted his music to be cherished and beloved like that of Oasis, but more than anything, more than respectability and dignity, Different Gear, Still Speeding is evidence that he really just wants to be liked.

But Liam won’t get that affection from me, because no matter who is to blame for the split, even he can’t deny that the brooding edge for which Oasis was loved, the dark, angsty feel which made that band the voice of millions, departed with Noel, and what remains is a collection of artificial and forced 1970s-style, Brit-Pop numbers.

The albums leading single, “The Roller,” which is the cream of this bitter crop, takes a couple of pages out of John Lennon’s song-book and doesn’t bother with a citation.  Led by a simplistic piano riff and a sing-along chorus made for stadium patrons, this track doesn’t have an extended theme and its catchy ambiguity, at the very least, ensures Beady Eye a lucrative Jaguar commercial.

“The Roller”

“Bring The Light,” is another raging Pop track that has no depth.  There is no underlying message, no meaningful lyrics in the bunch, nor any inkling of heart, soul, or emotion that can be sensed, only a vaudeville-esque piano part.

“Bring The Light”

Different Gear, Still Speeding has garnered sparkling reviews and I can’t quite figure out why.  Maybe the Pitchforks, Rolling Stones, and SPINs of the world haven’t published their analysis because we share the same sentiments.  Maybe those publications can’t bare to rip the former members of such an important band.  Well, SIMGE has nothing to lose and will gladly act as the voice of reason to protect the music listening world.  Beady Eye’s debut record is a collection of mindless Pop songs and, at least to this penholder, is an infantile production compared to what these musicians are capable of.

The Rating: 1.5/5

About rote7123

Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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