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Beady Eye

BE

Second offering from Liam Gallagher's post-Oasis indie rock band, producer by David Sitek

ADM rating[?]

5.5

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
10/06/2013
US Release date
18/06/2013
  1. 8.0 |   Clash

    They traverse rhythms and sounds to add depth and clarity that was previously lacking
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  2. 8.0 |   All Music

    There's no denying that when they have a hook or melody -- and when they have a savvy producer like Sitek supporting them -- they deliver the retro goods
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  3. 7.0 |   NME

    BE is certainly an improvement on Different Gear, but it's more of a tentative step in the right direction than a great leap forward
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  4. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A bold leap forward in the mould of Paul Weller's recent psych-inspired reinventions. Print edition only

  5. 6.0 |   Mojo

    When it works it's genuinely exciting, but too often the brave retro-futuristic collision is neither fish nor fowl. Print edition only

  6. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Exiting the comfort zone can lead to a strange and fantastic place
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  7. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Flick of the Finger is a mighty opener with heavy horns. Face the Crowd’s primal riff has teeth, while Second Bite of the Apple is a summery groove let down by its awful lyrics. There are just as many forgettable dirges, however
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  8. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Though marginally better than its predecessor, BE can in no sense be considered a progression
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  9. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Dave Sitek noted for his loathing of cautious indie rock and when he makes his presence felt, the quartet sound reborn
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  10. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Although the musical advance Beady Eye have made in BE does not extend to the clumsy lyrics, Liam shows he is not just a balls-out bawler and the band sound sharp
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  11. 6.0 |   DIY

    The vocals, the terrible rhymes... it's business as usual then for Liam; it's just scrubbed up a bit
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  12. 6.0 |   The Fly

    Smartly produced by Dave Sitek, this follow-up has its share of the usual “spread your wings and learn to FLAIIIIEE” hokum, but also moments that remind us how we’d miss him if he went
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  13. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Where their debut attempted Oasis’s posturing bluster, this is a more relaxed affair
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  14. 6.0 |   Q

    Insofar as BE succeeds, it's largely down to the reinvigorating effects of New York producer Dave Sitek. Print edition only

  15. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    I recommend a large portion of it if you like good old fashioned indie rock with a slightly psychedelic edge, but I also recommend keeping the “skip” button in mind to avoid the rough patches
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  16. 5.8 |   Pitchfork

    If Liam seems hamstrung as a rocker on BE, at least he’s showing more promise as a balladeer
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  17. 5.0 |   The Quietus

    It's not Different Gear, Still Shit, but it is nowhere near as exciting as it might have been
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  18. 4.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Recently Liam Gallagher was quoted as saying he could write Daft Punk’s smash hit “Get Lucky” in an hour, but nothing on Be would indicate that
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  19. 4.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    This is a surprisingly bland album, lacking the fire and cockiness that Gallagher seems to reserve exclusively for journalists these days
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  20. 4.0 |   PopMatters

    BE is too often clunky n’ hollow and surprisingly downbeat n’ dog-tired
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  21. 4.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It's the sound of a deeply dim man backed by competent-but-conventional musicians
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  22. 3.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
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  23. 0.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    At its best the same bland and uninspired shite that Liam has spent his career peddling, at its worst genuinely unpleasant
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