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“Music, it’s all about the music, we could all have sat at home after Oasis split but what would have been the point of that. We had a couple of weeks off and then we were back in the studio demo-ing. We’re musicians, it’s what we do, it’s how we define ourselves.”

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  • Audio CD (28 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Beady Eye Records LTD
  • ASIN: B004FLKV8Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Debut studio album by the rock group which was formed immediately after Noel Gallagher's departure from Oasis by the remaining band members. The album includes the top 40 single 'The Roller' as well as 'Bring the Light' and 'Four Letter Word'.

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Considering that Noel Gallagher wrote the majority of Oasis’ songs, best or otherwise, and that Liam’s role throughout their chequered history was to be the charismatic bit of rough, and bearing in mind that the latter’s contributions to the Oasis canon were hardly propitious, it’s actually quite staggering that Beady Eye’s debut album is anything less than abysmal. In fact, it’s pretty fine, really good in places, with moments that eclipse most Oasis material since (What’s The Story) Morning Glory. There isn’t a Beatles comparison that springs to mind, but it does strike one as being a little like The Who making a decent record without Pete Townshend.

Different Gear, Still Speeding has the energy, if not the invention, of a classic Who album. Hardly surprisingly, however, it’s the Lennon and McCartney (and Jagger-Richards) songbooks, as well as the retro Merseybeat of The La’s, that prove the main inspiration – there’s even a track called Beatles and Stones. What did you expect? An album influenced by Burial and Ramadanman? Produced by Steve Lillywhite over 12 weeks in London’s RAK Studios during summer 2010, Different Gear... finds Liam, with Gem Archer on guitar, Andy Bell on bass and Chris Sharrock on drums, sharing songwriting duties and a commitment to upholding eternal verities: big riffs, pounding drums, and basslines that prop up simple melodies.

That said, the songs here are less oikish, more nimble and nuanced, than a lot of Oasis’ ponderous later music. Four Letter Word is a strong opener, powerfully surging orchestral rock providing an effective showcase for Gallagher’s appealingly coarse bellow, which as ever serves to invest the banal lyrics ("Nothing lasts forever," apparently) with, if not meaning, then at least menace. Millionaire is a curious hybrid of folky Led Zep and Wings. Beatles and Stones sounds like The Rutles doing 19th Nervous Breakdown. The Beat Goes On captures some of the lysergic whimsy of Sgt Pepper's-era Lennon while Wigwam hints at what St John might be doing today had he lived. That’s a criticism of Lennon, by the way, but high praise indeed for Gallagher. The Morning Son is the epic closer that grows from an acoustic start towards a cloudburst of psychedelic colour and baroque instrumentation. It’s superb. Who’d have believed it? No one, that’s who. Well, apart from Liam.

--Paul Lester

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kevinblakeman2004 on 2 April 2011
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Yes the members are Oasis without Noel but the sound isnt. Its a great album and more beatle-esqe that Oasis was. Its one of those things, i dont think they'll grow to be as big as oasis but if they came before oasis they would be, excelllent album
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The 90's Guy on 31 Mar. 2011
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So here we have Beady Eye, or to give its formula: Oasis - Noel Gallagher = Beady Eye. With their debut album "Different Gear, Still Speeding" Liam Gallagher and his band fire the first shot in the post-Oasis Gallagher sibling war. When, or even "If" Noel plans to return fire remains to be seen. But in the mean time let's see what we've got here.

The album starts with FOUR LETTER WORD. Fast, loud, brash, and with a strong drumbeat. So far, so very Oasis, this is my favourite track on the album. I'm not 100% sure what four letter word Liam is talking about though, but I'm pretty sure it's...not nice. Next up is MILLIONAIRE, and boy how I wish I was one right now! It's bright and chipper, and at 3:20 it's about the right length. However I do feel this tune is too 60's sounding for my liking. It's something you're likely to hear in an episode of Heartbeat, and I was never a big fan of that show.

THE ROLLER is a pretty good song, and I particularly liked the short guitar riff at 2:00. To a certain extent this song reminds of SHE'S ELECTRIC on the Oasis album "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" Classic 90's sound, but BEATLES AND STONES is another trip back to the 60's both in terms of sound and band references in the song title. Here Liam wants to Rock & Roll. Hey, I wanna do that too, but I wanna do it in the 90's, or at the very least the 2000's.

Up next is WIND UP DREAM. This middle-paced track makes me think of standing outside a large football stadium a few minutes before kick off, and not even the featured harmonica parts can take my mind elsewhere. It sounds strange I know, but this song's strong drumbeat and tamborine sounds really do make me think of football. Anyone who listens to this track may feel the same way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greenmatters on 22 May 2013
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And ended up keeping it to myself!
Love Oasis love Beady eye!
Prompt delivery, happy with the purchase.
Nothing to complain about, I love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick on 8 Sept. 2013
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I was sceptical if 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' would be worth purchasing without Noel's song writing talent but I was surprised by this debut. In my opinion, it surpasses the later Oasis albums post 1998 in terms of raw rock'n'roll energy.

The song writing is sharp with melodies that stick in your mind. 'Four Letter Word' is a strong opener and sets the mood for 13 songs that all have good individual arrangement. The standout tracks are 'Kill For A Dream'; 'Wigwam'; 'The Beat Goes On'.

I have listened to the second album 'BE' and feel although there is development in the complexity of Beady Eye's sound, it is a step backwards in the quality of lyrics and Liam's voice sounds whiny.

If you are an avid Oasis fan then I can highly recommend 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Berry on 16 April 2011
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A lot of people call Beady Eye 'Oasis without Noel'. This is basically correct, but this album is more than that. Gone is the overblown production favoured by the elder Mr Gallagher in favour of a return to basics in the same no nonsense style as very early Oasis before the pomp and self importance set in.

Liam's influence is all over this - hence more Lennon sounding stuff (eg Wigwam),but this was to be expected and is not at all unpleasant.

The main thing is that this album sounds like they had a good time making it and is a great deal fresher and more immediate than anything Oasis did in their latter years.

Will they follow it up with something even better ? Well, definitely maybe (sorry about that, couldn't resist it) but this is a good enough start for the time being.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Taylor on 18 April 2013
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Yep Noels gone with his sharp song writing he knew how to write an anthem so the underdogs have got themselves together and smashed out this great debut. Its a bit rushed some of the tunes are filler but like most albums thats always the case. The references to their influences are there but there are some great moments The Roller , Bring the light etc so go with an open mind its a different sound and one which will improve over time. Yes Noels is a good album but we have heard it all before he offers nothing new so give Liam and the boys a break its a great start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travelman on 28 Jun. 2011
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If this was an Oasis album I would be saying it was a really good effort and so the fact that there is no Noel imput means I am even more impressed. No-one can say this is not a top listen if you enjoyed previous Oasis records. I prefer to the last Oasis album for sure. Good on your Liam and the boys. Let's face it, it is just Oasis minus Noel and shows that talent in that band ran deeper than people thought.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve Horsfall - Author / Writer on 4 May 2011
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This is a really infectious album with a return to the more basic melodies evident in early Oasis albums. It has the feel of a relaxed jam session with nothing forced or overblown. Liam's vocal are not trying to strain in synch with overwhelming guitars, even on the faster tracks, and it means that each song stands out on merit. Really like this album - it was a pleasant surprise that is so good.
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