Liam Gallagher’s belief in his own ability has never been in question, but it was always widely regarded that brother Noel was the brains behind the Oasis assault on the British music scene in the 90’s and 00’s.
After all, it was Noel who penned the vast majority of the band’s material, and often those songs written by Liam were perhaps not the best.
It was with some interest then, that I listened to Different Gear, Still Speeding; the debut album from Liam’s new band Beady Eye; fronted by Liam himself and featuring his former Oasis bandmates Andy Bell (bass), Gem Archer (guitar) and Chris Sharrock (drums).
After their acrimonious split, I was eager to see how Liam would cope without the calmer influence of “our kid”. In short, I was pleasantly surprise.
The album is by no means a masterpiece, but there are plenty of highlights, in particular the singles The Roller, Four Letter Word, and Bring The Light.
Musical influences are evident throughout (there is even a track called Beatles and Stones), but Gallagher’s lyrics drive home the message that this new project is here to stay: “Gonna stand the test of time, like Beatles and Stones”.
The music is decent enough with some snappy beats and catchy riffs, and final track The Morning Son is a rousing finisher.
Gallagher remains an instantly recognisable vocalist with his snarling, aggressive manner, though that’s no bad thing; that trademark has won him a loyal army of followers over his distinguished career.
Overall, it’s not a bad return from Manchester’s prodigal son.
Different Gear, Still Speeding is definitely a case of different band, still Liam.
Verdict: Better than perhaps anticipated. 7/10