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Different Gear, Still Speeding
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2011
Having heard the single 'The Roller' I really didn't think that this would work. But, when it finally dawned on me that, on that track, Liam sounded like Julian, rather than John, Lennon, it started to grow on me. I was given a freebie Beady Eye cd that had come with a Sunday paper and put it on in the car as I had nothing else to hand-on the strength of that I went and bought the album.
This is not a masterpiece but it is the best thing Gallagher jnr has been involved in for many a year. It wears its influences large upon its sleeve but still manages to sound original; however, the real joy of this album, which doesn't appear to have been picked up on, is Liam's voice. Stripped of the silly inflections and vowel mangling predominant throughout Oasis' career, except on 1 track, I have to say Liam Gallagher has a fantastic rock voice, worth the price of admission alone.
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on 6 January 2015
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2011
I bought this for my husband and I actually really liked it! Not at all Oasis-esque which is what I had expected from the front man himself! A great mix of song styles and a real breath of fresh air for British rock. I would highly recommend this album - definitely worth buying!!
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2011
When i first heard that Liam was releasing an album without brother, Noel, I was very pessimistic. Some of the songs he and the other band mates wrote during their time in Oasis didn't really set the world on fire. But this is a whole completely different story. Throughout the album you'll find catchy guitar work and melodies abound. Liam is in fantastic form kicking off with the snarling Four Letter Word. Second up is the magnificent Millionaire. Sounds like a song Noel would have wrote. The Roller and Beatles And Stones follow up with muscle. Fantastic choruses. Every song has something different in it, and that doesn't disappoint in Wind Up Dream. Excellent use of the harmonica and very catchy. Next is the the Jerry Lee Lewis piano infused rock extravaganza Bring The Light. Gonna be immense when played live. For Anyone is a delightfully beautiful song. Liam's falsetto vocal in this is quite impressive. His songwriting shows it's true colours in this gem of a song. Kill For A Dream is a single contender with a fab chorus and great use of acoustic guitar. Just when you thought things were quieting down, along comes the 3 minute stomp of Standing On The Edge Of Noise. Sounds like Oasis in their heyday with smashing guitars, drums, bass and in your face vocals. Wigwam is my personal favourite. Hopefully the next single. I dare you not to sing the "Sha la la la la la la la la la la la la" after hearing it a couple times. Half way through this song is what got me hooked. It slows down, then brings in pounding drums with Liam repeatedly chanting "I'm coming up". Next is, Three Ring Circus. A real grower with excellent glam-rock guitar hooks. The last 2 tracks here are the most epic in this fantastic album. The Beat Goes On shines with and excellent verse, before going into probably the catchiest chorus of "So long, so long, Someday all the world will sing my song, Still life remains, Somewhere in my heart the beat goes on". Spine tingling. Last but not least is the Champagne Supernova sounding, The Morning Son. Starts of with seagulls and the tide of the beach then Liam sings with an acoustic guitar behind him. Then 2 and a half minutes in, a crescendo of noise kicks in with Standing on the Shoulder of Giants-esque wall of sound. Breathtaking. A fitting finale.

All in all, this has to be one of the best albums i've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Definitely on par with (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Noel will be very impressed. Here's now waiting on his solo album......
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2011
Great album. One of the few good bands out there in a poor British music industry. An album of many classics, an album you must listen to.
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13 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2011
the band aped the band, and now the singer apes the singer's solo output.
steer clear if it's self-respect you value.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2011
Huge Oasis fan, and was pleased that the 4 remaining members of the group were going to give it a go, as although Noel wrote most of the good tunes, the rest of the band had certainly written some very worthy ones (Hung In A Bad Place, Thank You For The Good Times, Guess God Thinks I'm Abel, Songbird, Turn Up The Sun).

Massive letdown after turning on this one. The first tune, Four Letter Word, is by far the best song on the album. It has some energy and a menacing vocal, and wouldd've made a quality hard rocking Oasis b-side in 1995 a la "Headshrinker". Unfortunately, that is the last decent up tempo song on the album, as all of the remaining rock tracks stink like old cheese. "Bring The Light" is just embarassing-it sounds like it was written in two minutes, "Beatles and Stones" is tuneless and cringeworthy, and "Standing On The Edge of the Noize" is perhaps the worst song Liam Gallagher has ever sung on. "The Roller" at least has a moderately memorable tune, but it such a blatant rip-off of "Instant Karma" that it's difficult to listen to with a straight face.

The slower songs, and there are quite a lot of them, are more competent, but aside from "The Morning Son", which is quite pleasant and lovely (but slightly runied by the silly echo used on Liam's voice) they're all nondescript and boring. And what's the point of having so many slow ones on a Liam Gallagher album? His voice-which is now far more grizzled than it was in 1995-is more suited to rockers than syrupy pap like "The Beat Goes On".

Hope the boys learn their lesson for the second one.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2013
Don't know why I bought this really - Liam is sadly not as good as he thinks he is. Shame.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2011
While certainly not ground-breaking, Beady Eye make a decent debut with "Different Gear, Still Speeding." In my view, however, a decent debut from a band that has risen from the ashes of one of the biggest (rightly or wrongly) bands of the '90s is not good enough. Oasis comparisons were always going to happen, and they are applicable here.

The album starts off explosively enough, Four Letter Word is pure rock-and-roll, and that sets the premise for the album, or so I hoped. The first half of the album does keep the feel, with the other singles The Roller and Bring the Light being the stand-outs, however the album falls apart in the second half with too many string sections and pathetic ballady attempts. Please Liam, stick to what you know, and that is good, catchy pop-rock.

As for a couple of the other neither particularly good nor bad songs, Kill for a Dream appears to be an attempt to build a bridge with Noel, further listens may tell me otherwise, though, I'll keep you posted. Beatles and Stones would appear to be a somewhat desperate attempt at a homage to Gallagher's heroes, but doesn't leave a lasting impression.

I feel three stars poorly represents how I feel about this album, so on the strength of the singles, and a couple of the more simple rock songs with some killer keys thrown in for good measure, I would give this a seven of ten rather than the six that my stars suggest. As mentioned earlier, more of Bring the Light and The Roller please, Liam.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2011
Please do the world a favour and save on plastic and paper and do not buy this album really there is little else to say about this waste of the planets resources.
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