by Justin Smith
Are you missing hearing the droning of “Wonderwall” blasting out of everyone’s speakers? Can you not bear the fact that “Champagne Supernova” is no longer a hit? Well, I have the band for you. Beady Eye just released their second studio album, BE, last week. Beady Eye consists of Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell, and Chris Sharrock from Oasis, the British 90’s band that was responsible for the two aforementioned hit songs, as well as several other chart toppers. The band formed in 2009 after Liam and Noel Gallagher officially called it quits with Oasis and parted ways. The brothers now don’t talk to each other and Noel is doing his own solo project. So Beady Eye is basically Oasis without Noel Gallagher.
Beady Eye will undoubtedly be compared to Oasis for years to come, and rightfully so. From the first track of BE, you feel like you are listening to an Oasis album. The first few songs come off really strong and are in your face, and then the album transitions into a more mellow vibe, with songs built on a foundation of synthesizer solos. Liam Gallagher’s unmistakable voice is central on the album, especially in songs such as “Ballroom Figured” and “Start Anew,” where it is basically just him and an acoustic guitar. For Oasis fans, you will adore this album. If you don’t like Oasis, you probably won’t enjoy Beady Eye. TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek produced the album, an unexpected surprise, and delivered solid production. If you’re still heartbroken about the break up of Oasis and lack of new artists who are Oasisesque, Beady Eye is a fantastic consolation prize. BE is a great album that will satisfy your Oasis needs for the foreseeable future.