15 Songs, 1 Hour, 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The best way to approach Beady Eye's second album is to try to forget that it's basically the product of Oasis minus Noel Gallagher and embrace the Liam Gallagher–led group as a band unto itself. Despite the choice of Dave Sitek (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio) as producer, precious little American alt-rock influences creep into the sound here. Instead, Beady Eye stay in touch with their '60s psych-pop inspirations, though with a touch more textural frisson than before. BE is a true collective effort, with Liam and guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell all pitching in on songwriting. A distinct group identity emerges as things move from the storming, stomping garage rocker "Face the Crowd" to the mix of spare, slinky syncopation and big glam-pop hooks on "Second Bite of the Apple" and the floating, folk-rock-in-outer-space feel of "Don't Brother Me." Regardless if BE entices anyone to forget the former band of Beady Eye's frontman, it's a flavorful slice of psychedelia-kissed modern rock all on its own.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The best way to approach Beady Eye's second album is to try to forget that it's basically the product of Oasis minus Noel Gallagher and embrace the Liam Gallagher–led group as a band unto itself. Despite the choice of Dave Sitek (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio) as producer, precious little American alt-rock influences creep into the sound here. Instead, Beady Eye stay in touch with their '60s psych-pop inspirations, though with a touch more textural frisson than before. BE is a true collective effort, with Liam and guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell all pitching in on songwriting. A distinct group identity emerges as things move from the storming, stomping garage rocker "Face the Crowd" to the mix of spare, slinky syncopation and big glam-pop hooks on "Second Bite of the Apple" and the floating, folk-rock-in-outer-space feel of "Don't Brother Me." Regardless if BE entices anyone to forget the former band of Beady Eye's frontman, it's a flavorful slice of psychedelia-kissed modern rock all on its own.

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About Beady Eye

British alt-rock outfit Beady Eye formed in 2009, several months after the rivalry between Oasis siblings Liam and Noel Gallagher reached a boiling point at a summer festival, resulting in Noel's departure and the band's dissolution. That fall, Liam and three of his former Oasis bandmates -- Gem Archer, Andy Bell, and Chris Sharrock -- booked studio time with producer Steve Lillywhite to begin work on a new album, with plans to release the first single under their new moniker in November 2010. Different Gear, Still Speeding followed in early 2011, marking Beady Eye's debut and earning warm reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. The album was released through the band's own self-titled label in Europe and Dangerbird Records in the U.S. Beady Eye then announced they would be playing some Oasis songs during live shows, which culminated in a performance of "Wonderwall" at London's 2012 Olympics closing ceremony. Liam Gallagher and company then went back into the studio to continue work on their second album, unexpectedly hiring TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek as their producer. The resulting BE appeared in June of 2013. ~ James Christopher Monger & Daniel Clancy

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2009

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