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Noel album review, vote: 6 /10

LONDON - After the "2 stars / out of 5" review, here's another one a bit negative. Beady Eye had better reviews...

Noel fan Dave says: "I honestly have to say I thoroughly enjoyed Beady Eye, a lot more than Noel. (And I like Noel's music more than Liam's) Most of the songs are overproduced, using a bunch of sound effects with a lot of reverb. Noel's voice is tweaked, and at times feels sounds as if he is using auto tune. It is not his natural voice and is awkward. Most of the songs feel rushed, ironically after a 2 year wait. "Everybody's on the run" is about twice as fast than the youtube sound check. It is still a good solid album, but if you were expecting a classic Noel album, you will be disappointed."

In messy divorces, the ensuing battle over custody and alimony can be spiteful and bitter, and is usually at the expense of those caught in the middle. Paul McCartney, for example, forked out £25million to get that Heather Mills out of his life. Noel Gallagher, it would seem, lost out to truculent little brother Liam in the post-Oasis feud as to who was entitled to the electric guitars - and guitarists. ‘High Flying Birds’ is a decidedly acoustic affair, but disappointingly, despite Noel’s frequent advocation of Neil Young’s genius, it’s nowhere near as introspective or penetrating as old Shakey. More frustratingly, this isn’t Noel sitting on a bar stool strumming pastoral ‘Talk Tonight’-like musings; it’s him rehashing ‘The Importance Of Being Idle’ (literally the worst Oasis single) over and over. To be fair though, upon announcing his intentions for the year ahead, Noel had all but apologised in advance for the overshadowing Oasis-isms of this album, noting that all the tracks were remnants left over from those intended for the group to tackle. So, ‘Idle’-ness aside, what else can you expect?
Unsurprisingly, it’s the numbers that are least like the aforementioned single that are most satisfying, musically anyway. The trippy orchestral crescendo that heralds opener ‘Everybody’s On The Run’ gives way to a delicious low-end McCartney bassline, while Noel’s urgings to “hang in there” and “hold on” are saved from triteness by sweeping strings. ‘AKA...What A ’Life, as heard on the recent Vauxhall ads, is great: driving drums, hypnotic piano and sinister Moog-like atmospherics are carried by Noel’s reverb-laden melodies, and injects a bit of well-needed energy into the middle of the album.
Lyrically, there are interesting ruminations on the trappings of fame (‘(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine’) and his troubled mind (‘Broken Arrow’), while the album is all the better for losing some of the bravado Noel hid behind while writing for Liam - but there are admittedly some clunkers (namely, the ‘gun/sun’, ‘moon/room’ rhymes of ‘If I Had A Gun...’ and the shameless Kinks replica, ‘Soldier Boys And Jesus Freaks’).
I hate slagging off Noel Gallagher - partly because he can be an easy target, partly because it’s been done so often before - but mostly because he’s still The Guvnor, and I still want him to be brilliant. This isn’t, so all my hopes are pinned on next year’s Amorphous Androgynous collab blowing my mind. Please!

6/10

(ClashMusic)
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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates

2000

30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel

2003

16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)

2011


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.

2012

new tour

2013

3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)



8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

2014

Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)

2010


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London

2011


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here

2012


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)

END OF THE HIGH FLYING BIRDS

2013

fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
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