It’s finally happened. Liam Gallagher has completed the transition from hopeless John Lennon aspirer to Beatles tribute act. We might never have been exposed to this if he’d just kept his mouth shut about Noel’s girlfriend, but here it is, Beady Eye.
Despite the inexplicable band name and the braggadocio dripping from the record title, Beady Eye’s debut isn’t awful. After all, this is all but one member of the Britpop band, so the formula hasn’t been broken irreparably. The songs rollick in faint echoes of Definitely Maybe, there’s less of the pomp and unnecessary riffing that consumed Oasis’ music til recently – frankly, this is just run-of-the-mill rock music.
The Roller blatantly steals from The Beatles’ Getting Better (do they think none of their fans have bought Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band? The guitar riff is a note for note reconstruction), but it’s all the better for it. The record is slick with the anthemic, fairly nonsensical and arrogant attitude that made Oasis, and make Liam Gallagher, interesting. In actuality, the loss of Noel isn’t felt in the music but in the insipid lyricism that seems to rely on clichés, like the cringeworthy Beatles And Stones. The Jerry Lee Lewis style onslaught of piano on Bring The Light is a welcome jolt to life, as is the straight shooting Three Ring Circus. Gallagher’s voice has vastly improved, focusing on intense strength rather than the whining he’d taken to recently.
Beady Eye aren’t reinventing the wheel, but for people looking to fill an Oasis shaped hole in their lives, this ought to tide you over til the inevitable reunion.