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Different Gear, Still Speeding

Beady Eye

Different Gear, Still Speeding

Debut album from the rock quartet formed from the ashes of Oasis after Noel Gallagher's exit

ADM rating[?]

5.6

Label
Beady Eye Records
UK Release date
28/02/2011
US Release date
01/02/2011
  1. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Throughout the record, Gallagher demonstrates yet again his infernal gift for singing. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Q

    The gobsmacking reality? It's one of Liam's best albums. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   BBC

    The songs here are less oikish, more nimble and nuanced, than a lot of Oasis’ ponderous later music
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  4. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Comes off better than even this biased reviewer was hoping
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  5. 7.0 |   NME

    In taking on the tough task of establishing themselves as more than ‘Oasis Without The Decent Songwriter’, Beady Eye have succeeded with some aplomb
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  6. 7.0 |   Pop Matters

    Better than anyone shy of Liam Gallagher himself would have believed possible
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  7. 7.0 |   Clash

    Though hardly full of surprises, [it] is a compelling way to start
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  8. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    At 13 songs, Different Gear starts to wear out its welcome about two-thirds in,
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  9. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Quite often the songs don't escape the shackles of clumsy pastiches
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  10. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    The wheel remains un-reinvented but he's proved a few people wrong here
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  11. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Not a crowning glory, but not an utter failure either
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  12. 6.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    There is enough here to suggest that Beady Eye might take on a life of its own
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  13. 6.0 |   Uncut

    A debut album with Liam Gallagher on it can still be a pretty exciting thing to listen to
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  14. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Beady Eye may be just Oasis minus Noel, but this debut is rather better than the past few Oasis albums, if sadly no more innovative
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  15. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    You simply gawp, thinking: never mind anyone else, aren't you bored of this kind of thing now?
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  16. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Well-paced, melodic and surprisingly listenable
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  17. 6.0 |   State

    Unchallenging retro rock ‘n’ roll to drink to
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  18. 6.0 |   AU Magazine

    Despite its rather pedestrian pace and lack of originality, Different Gear, Still Speeding is a pleasant listen
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  19. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The vocal performances and songwriting should go some way to endearing even the staunchest detractors to the all-swaggering, piquant Mancunian
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  20. 6.0 |   Eye Weekly

    It’s an unabashedly fun, if overly simplistic, formula, yet one that Oasis’ purported songwriting genius would likely never have allowed to blossom
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  21. 5.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Ultimately the album is a better first post-Oasis release from Liam Gallagher than expected
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  22. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Chances are this isn’t the last we hear from the group, but hopefully the next listen will be a little more memorable and far more substantial
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  23. 5.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The group attempts stripped-down, Stones-y rock
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  24. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    Could be a good album if they just scaled things down a bit
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  25. 5.0 |   The Observer

    Over the course of their overlong debut album, Beady Eye prove to be a little dull
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  26. 4.0 |   The Fly

    What lets it down is that it is unutterably, irrevocably and unswervingly dull. Dull, dull, dull. As boring as the hum of a fridge
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  27. 4.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Gem Archer and Andy Bell were both in forward-looking bands before becoming Noel's yes-men. Sadly, it's Liam's aesthetic which dominates
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  28. 4.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    There comes a point about halfway through when the short-lived glimmer of hope that 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' will be just an unspectacular album as opposed to a downright terrible one is snatched sharply away
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  29. 4.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Radiates the stolid competence of a band on autopilot
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  30. 4.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    Their perspiration clearly lacks Noel's inspiration
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  31. 4.0 |   The Scotsman

    Here was an opportunity to start afresh and they waste it on deliberate pastiche. If you elect to doggedly imitate the greats, you will always fall short
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  32. 2.0 |   Bowlegs

    Sadly Beady Eye have pretty much picked up where Oasis left off, which truthfully is not in a very good state
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  33. 2.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Were it not for the Gallagher name, Beady Eye would not have made it past the notebook of the most junior of A&Rs
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