BE, Beady Eye’s second album, is a great collection of Lennon-influenced rock tunes.
After the break-up of Oasis, the brothers Gallagher split into two camps and released their own albums. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds surpassed his brother’s Beady Eye release Different Gear, Still Speeding. Regrouping with producer Dave Sitek who has worked with TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Foals. The pairing might sound a little out of step, but it is a smart move. The problem with Different Gear, in my opinion, suffered from a rushed production. With BE, the band took it’s time in crafting great songs with interesting production.
Like any Oasis and related projects, the Beatles is close behind. Liam is turning into a great songwriter, but still has the Lennon fixation. The nods to Lennon are a little cheap and juvenile. Brother Noel has gotten past and developed his own writing style that’s extremely Beatles-influenced, but Liam uses it as a crutch to write songs. While I’m listening to Don’t Brother Me, Soon Come Tomorrow and Ballroom Figured I think Give Peace a Chance, or Norwegian Wood. At this point, Liam should be stretching beyond quasi-pastiches and onto something deeper. Flick of the Finger, Second Bite of the Apple, and I’m Just Saying are extremely good. Just Saying is like a bizarre, lost Morning Glory track, while Flick of the Finger and Second Bite are a great step in the right direction songwriting and sonically.
Overall, BE is a good listen and the start of a musical direction for the group. Beyond the Lennon goofs, Beady Eye is turning out to be a cool, little project.
Essential Tracks: Flick Of The Finger/ Soul Love/ Second Bite Of The Apple/ I’m Just Saying