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BE 4th+5th positive reviews

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In the lead up to this release, Beady Eye’s Liam Gallagher made yet another bold claim.
BE, he said, was the album Oasis should’ve made after (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
But for once, there’s a little truth behind the bravado.
That’s because on BE, Beady Eye (aka Oasis without the elder Gallagher) does something Oasis never really did – experiment.
To expand their horizons for the follow up to 2011′s Different Gear Still Speeding, Beady Eye teamed up with TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek. He proves to be an inspired choice.
Of all the tracks here, it’s Flick Of The Finger that best showcases Beady Eye Mk II.
The album opener is an optimistic call to arms and hopefully a signpost of things to come. It features an aggressive horn section, eerie synths and the key lyric, “the future gets written today”.
Further along, the Liam-penned Don’t Brother Me could’ve been an olive branch to Noel if it weren’t for a few snarky one-liners.
“Always in The Sun, with your number one,” Liam snarls before adding, “sick of all your lying, scheming and your crying”.
But later he seems keen to bury the hatchet. “In the morning, I’ll be calling and hoping you’ll understand,” Gallagher croons until a spacey lengthy instrumental outro.
Other highlights include the bluesy, slow-burner Soon Come Tomorrow, closing ballad Start Anew, and Soul Love, a dark, atmospheric song Oasis would’ve never recorded in their pomp.
BE is imbued with a sense of discovery and adventure, something recent Gallagher releases have sorely missed.
vote: 7.5

Beady Eye's second is a very fine rock`n'roll album with some intriguing and refreshing weirdness.
At this stage you could almost guess what is going to be on a post-Oasis album from Liam, or indeed Noel, Gallagher. Yea verily! There will be a vaguely psychedelic, lysergic ballad; there will be a incantatory, mantra-like rock out; there will be a song with a Slade-like title (in this case, Iz Rite); and there will also be the use of backwards tape loops and a sitar.
And for those of us who long gave up expecting either Gallagher to do anything truly interesting after we heard the first notes of Oasis’ third album, that’s just fine. BE is a very good rock `n’ roll album indeed. Drafting in Dave Sitek of TV on The Radio to give Beady Eye’s sixties dreaming a bloody good monstering was a masterstroke and while BE still casts a longing eye back to pop’s so-called golden age, it also proves that the band themselves were fully aware that nostalgia has no future.
BE may sound rather pedestrian on first listen but pro-tools, speech samples, the use of iPhone apps and Sitek’s cunning employment of an old school Solina String Synthesizer to add phantasmagorical string effects, reveal that there are whole other layers under the usual meat-and-spuds rock orthodoxy. The spirit of ‘68 does inform opener Flick of The Finger which features a compelling sample of an anti-Vietnam rally in London and a whiff of sixties sedition hangs in the air. Smartly, the title is not what you think and refers in fact to a digit hovering over the red button to launch nuclear wipe out.
That’s the closest you’ll get to lyrical subtlety here as Liam rolls out some classic rhyming dictionary duffers and a plethora of borrows from The Beatles. The best songs belong to Andy Bell, former member of Ride and ex-Oasis new boy. His three contributions, Face The Crowd, I’m Just Saying, and Soon Come Tomorrow, all have interesting things happening under the lashings of wha wha and big acoustic guitar trash. Gem Archer’s Second Bite of the Apple is also a cracker, featuring rumbling and rolling drums, big blasts of brass and Liam’s hooky line, “shake my tree, where’s the apple for me? Tickle my feet with the NME”.
It is not without its plodders and cringe-inducing Beatles references.
Despite the odds, Beady Eye’s second album has set them up as a worthwhile on-going concern.

"There's little denying that Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye sound refreshed here with the production twists of Dave Sitek...there are strung-out epics and short punchy nuggets sung by a man with renewed fire in his belly."
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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates


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

summer tour without Noel


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


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.


new tour


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

8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


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.)


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London


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


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

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



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