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Third gear, not fifth gear.
on 14 September 2011
Beady Eye, to all intents and purposes, are Oasis Without Noel.
In fact there are probably many fans, critics and cynics who felt they should have called themselves just that.
When Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Oasis' final/ touring drummer Chris Sharrock decided to continue on as a new band after the departure of Noel Gallagher it was felt they would struggle to recapture the sound or success of Oasis.
It seemed to be inevitable - Noel Gallagher is regarded as the architect of Oasis' success and was the primary songwriter.
Turns out, though, there's a whole lot more to Beady Eye than a missing brother...
`Four Letter Word' swaggers out the speakers in a style fit to open any Oasis album let alone the debut from these Beady Eyes, and as the bright and brisk `Millionaire' and `The Roller' follow on and make their musical mark you realise the song writing isn't exactly second rate.
The Oasis influence unsurprisingly permeates throughout the album and Liam will always be the voice - or is that mouth - of that band (and there are the obligatory nods to The Beatles), but that big brash Oasis sonic has gone, replaced for the most part by slightly subtler tones and less weight.
`Standing on the Edge of the Noise' and `Three Ring Circus' produce punchy rock and roll moments but many of the songs are acoustic based or carry lighter arrangements.
Different Gear is a strong debut, but it's far from perfect.
`Wigwam,' for example, tries to be a little different but loses its way and the album could have closed more strongly if `Morning Son' had been a concise four minutes (its six minute length makes for an anti-climatic end).
But there is no doubt this is a band to keep your Beady Eye on.