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BE 15th positive review

DALLAS (Texas) - found another positive review, this from the Usa.
Over two years since their Different Gear Still Speeding debut in 2011, Beady Eye unveiled the follow up BE. Having enlisted the services of producer Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio, the band took the shackles off and explored new sounds.
If you initially feel a sense of dread at the thought of a new sound, you need not worry. Although their solid debut retained a hardcore of Oasis fans that followed Liam Gallagher and Co. in their new guise, it was a record unlikely to attract many new admirers.
The band's new record is a collection that Oasis almost certainly wouldn’t have released had they survived their infamous 2009 bust-up in Paris. Seemingly at ease and aware of what each member of the band brings to the table (writing credits are shared), the result is a varied and ‘loose’ sounding record.
The sleeve itself -- an image of a semi-naked woman surrounded by glowing late summer evening color -- captures the feel of the album through its warmth, which is a significant step forward for Beady Eye in terms of writing and experimentation.
The opener Flick of the Finger is as bold a statement of intent as you could have wished for. Gallagher snarls, "The future gets written today" as the track ascends into a crescendo of bass and brass. It's certainly a tune that would fit seamlessly onto a Guy Ritchie film soundtrack.
In similar fashion, album closer Start Anew gradually builds in atmosphere and rises up into a beautifully symphonic climax. There are previously unheard aspects to Gallagher’s vocal on display throughout the album, which leads to the standout track.
Another stellar track, Soon Come Tomorrow, has the potential to raise the band to a new level commercially. One minute in leaves the listener unsure of where the track is heading before the tempo suddenly lifts and leads into a sublime chorus where a new-found variety in Gallagher's vocals is most evident. With less effects and more range, Gallagher's tones arguably become the most influential instrument on the record.
There are still a couple of songs that are reminiscent of 1990’s Oasis. Iz Rite, whilst not the strongest song on the album, is an easy-going accompaniment to the more psychedelic offerings elsewhere. Although still rooted in the sounds of the 90’s, the song I'm Just Saying should receive a great reception at the band's forthcoming live gigs.
To accuse Beady Eye of sticking to the tried and tested formula of their debut would be amiss. Don’t Brother Me may be scrutinized by those hoping for a Gallagher reconciliation, but the strength of the song doesn't reach the general standard of the album until the 3 minute spun-out ending that doesn't fail to captivate and intrigue as the band hits another dimension.
It is uncertain what the future will hold for Beady Eye. Gallagher has claimed that this could be their last throw of the dice should they not succeed at whatever level he is judging their success against. But if one were to take away the baggage of the past and assess this record purely on its own merits, there is so much to admire.
Cliche or not: the first thing you want to do after the final note of the last track is go back to the beginning and see what you pick up on the next listen. Let’s hope that this is the start of Beady Eye writing a new future. If so, this album is the evidence of a journey just beginning.
[there was no rating, but sounds like another 4 stars]
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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)



fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
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