Monday, March 07, 2011

Beady Eye

While listening to Beady Eye isn't a difficult task, passing judgement on it is. It's problematic because I want to avoid my preconceived notions about the members of the band and how that affects the actual songs. But it's impossible to do so. I want to divorce this music from all of the Oasis output that came before it and judge it on it's own merits, but there will always be that nagging feeling...

At it's worst and at it's best, Beady Eye sounds like a trip through the British music canon. In terms of song writing, melody and technical prowess, it's obvious that Same Gear, Still Speeding is a work created by consummate professionals. It's tight and punchy, and plenty catchy. There are some greater than yours singles with swooping moments of grandeur and the sing-along choruses to match.

Overall, though, and this goes very much to my personal taste and preferences, it lacks that killer instinct. It never veers into the red zone. Even with moments like "Four Letter Word," this is not a brick wall of rock and roll intensity. Perhaps it's simply that rock and roll is a young man's game, but vigor is the most glaring missing link here. Any vocal appearance by Liam Gallagher sans a snarl is a missed opportunity and there just aren't enough of those here. I understand that it's a mature record by mature musicians, but that change the fact that when it comes to rock and roll, I prefer mine louder, faster and angrier than than this.

But here's my quick read breakdown of every knee jerk angle re: the New Beady Eye that will come to your mind:

Q. Is Beady Eye better than Oasis?
A. No and that's a dumb question.

Q. Are the other members of Oasis better songwriters than Noel?
A. No, but there are some very very good songs on this record that rival plenty of Oasis' 00s output.

Q. Does it just sound like Oasis 2.0?
A. Not really. The instrumentation and production alone set Beady Eye apart from its predecessor. It's definitely a different sounding band.

Q. Does Beady Eye sound at all like Ride or Heavy Stereo?
A. If you ask that question then to your ears definitely not.

Q. Should I buy this record?
A. Yes. Contextually, this is one of the best rock and roll records out right now. It draws from everything from John Lennon (obviously) to The La's, The Who, Wings, Tarantula-era Ride, T. Rex, and of course the Beatles. It's well retro, but then again, isn't rock and roll?

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Blogger dctx said...

I'm not sure I like it. I like Roller, but the other songs are missing something. They are almost boring. Maybe it's the lack of the snarl or the's certainly something. I was hoping for more.

3:50 PM  

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