BE - Beady Eye
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Jul 29, 2013
    80
    Shades of light and dark ripple throughout and keep the listener guessing.
  2. Jul 29, 2013
    80
    BE feels familiar--the group is stuck in the back-half of the '60s, naturally loving the post-Pepper pomp of the Beatles but happy to crib from the Zombies ("Second Bite of the Apple" opens with a riff adapted from "Time of the Season") or any other number of half-remembered, half-forgotten psychedelic oldies--but isn't musty, thanks in part to Sitek's colorful, layered production.
  3. Jul 29, 2013
    70
    It's the album's deft balance between Sitek's freewheeling and darkly ambient aesthetic and the familiar sub-Beatles melodies that make BE a bold leap forward in the mould of Paul Weller's recent psych-inspired reinventions. [Jul 2013, p.71]
  4. 70
    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.
  5. Aug 8, 2013
    60
    Some of the more straightforward rockers show signs of fresh thinking. [Jul 2013, p.97]
  6. Jul 29, 2013
    60
    When it works, it's genuinely exciting, but too often the brave retro-futuristic collision is neither fish nor fowl. [Jul 2013, p.82]
  7. Jul 29, 2013
    60
    The vocals, the terrible rhymes... it's business as usual then for Liam; it's just scrubbed up a bit.
  8. Jul 29, 2013
    60
    As you can imagine, BE doesn't tread any new ground sonically, but for fans of the group, and likely Beady Eye themselves, it's a welcome distraction as we wait patiently for an Oasis reunion.
  9. Jul 29, 2013
    60
    In come motorik krautrock/Velvet Underground rhythms, a brass band, disoriented guitars and an eerie narrative on man's capacity for destruction featuring the words of a murdered French Revolutionary.
  10. Jul 29, 2013
    60
    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.
  11. Jul 29, 2013
    60
    The album definitely grows on repeat listen.
  12. 60
    Though marginally better than its predecessor, BE can in no sense be considered a progression.
  13. Jul 29, 2013
    58
    If Liam seems hamstrung as a rocker on BE, at least he’s showing more promise as a balladeer.
  14. Jul 29, 2013
    50
    The fact that BE is patchy, and solid rather than surprising in its best spots, you have to put down to a failure of nerve or drive. It's not Different Gear, Still Shit, but it is nowhere near as exciting as it might have been.
  15. Jul 29, 2013
    48
    [The] familiarity brings you to the cereal, the soap and the market, and some people will be drawn to Be, okay with seeing the imitation. The rest are better holding off for Oasis’ inevitable reformation.
  16. It's the sound of a deeply dim man backed by competent-but-conventional musicians.
  17. Jul 29, 2013
    40
    What lets it down is that it is unutterably, irrevocably and unswervingly dull. Dull, dull, dull. As boring as the hum of a fridge.
  18. Jul 29, 2013
    40
    BE starts with a bang but ends with a whimper.
  19. Jul 29, 2013
    30
    The two biggest problems with BE are thus; the energy that made their first LP a surprisingly decent effort has been removed completely, and Liam’s lyrics have plumbed to new, previously unassailable depths of self-parody.
  20. Jul 29, 2013
    0
    What’s not so easy however is appraising something so overwhelmingly awful and so lacking in merit as BE without sounding like one of the smug, condescending middle class intelligentsia.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 7, 2013
    10
    "BE" is an excellent second album by Beady Eye, a step forward to the right direction. The album is a grower and need its time to show its really beauty and quality. With a more mature and modern sound than their debut and a very good production by Dave Sitek, songs find the space and air to breathe and shine. Liam's vocals sound more mature and natural than ever (no effects), sometimes naked and raw and sometimes heavenly sensitive and emotional. “BE” is the work of a band, actually a very good and tight band and for the first time they finally found their own sound and stigma in modern rock era, far away from the Oasis shadows. People should listen it without prejudice and enjoy the music.

    Top tracks: “Flick Of The Finger”, “Start Anew”, “Iz Rite”, “Soul Love”, “Second Bite Of The Apple”.

    Note: It’s funny to say it, but the tracks in the deluxe editions of the album are much better than almost everything in the standard version! (check: “Evil Eye”, “Back After The Break” and “Off At The Next Exit”)
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  2. Jun 10, 2014
    8
    Liam Gallagher's career is a bit like a stag weekend. You start off on a Friday night, hell for leather and usually have a cracker of a night (Definitely Maybe) which continues into Saturday morning in the residents bar back in your hotel (What's the Story Morning Glory). After a few hours sleep you wake feeling shook but start on the beer again and all is well on the surface but you know deep down your body is dying a death (Be Here Now). At some point on Saturday you may partake in an activity that doesn't involve consuming alcohol, resulting in you starting to crash and may need to either have a sleep or get some food and take a break from the all out partying (Standing on the Shoulders of Giants). You'll have a few beers to get back in the swing of things and start to feel reasonably good again (Heathen Chemistry) and after a few more beers and a few shots your on top of the world again (Don't Believe the Truth). Back to the residents bar for night two - everyone is trying to keep it going but really everyone is physically and mentally tired and people are starting to annoy each other (Dig Out Your Soul). The sensible people take stock, call it a night and wake up broke and depressed but in a reasonable condition to make the journey home and head back to work on Monday. Then you have Liam Gallagher, who decides he'll keep going into Sunday morning even though his own group have hone to bed and he's now teamed up with another party at this stage (Different Gear Still Speeding). Come Sunday afternoon even Liam Gallagher's stamina is struggling and the red bull and vodka comes out and perhaps a few other substances. At this stage the man's brain is all over the shop and he's not quite sure what he's doing or even what he wants to do but he knows he doesn't want the party to stop even though he's starting to feel a bit mellow and reflective by now (BE).

    I enjoyed parts of Beady Eye's first record and have no problem saying so. As an Oasis fan, "Different Gear, Still Speeding" was a poor substitute, but a substitute all the same. On BE the band develop "their sound" ever so slightly, mainly due to the involvement of Dave Sitek. The songs on BE are solid for the most part, well recorded and well performed. "Flick of the Finger" opens the album with a sound that justifies the swagger and is the album's highlight. The album has several other highlights, most notably "Second Bite of the Apple" and "Shine a Light". There are several decent songs that the band/Dave Sitek flog to death ("Soul Love", "Don't Brother Me" spring to mind) and I usually end up skipping with 2 minutes left. The rest of the album ranges between below and above average without every being brilliant. Fans of Oasis will enjoy the album and for me music is all about enjoyment. The album could do with some trimming but with BE, LG and co have done enough to warrant another album.
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  3. Mar 4, 2014
    8
    BE is a magnificent second album, they seem to put in the music what they don't have in songwriting and it works really fine! Great rock album, space rock, psychedelic or whatever you want, that's one of the best "music" albums of 2013 Full Review »