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  • Summary: The second release for the band led by Liam Gallagher was produced by Dave Sitek.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Jul 29, 2013
    Shades of light and dark ripple throughout and keep the listener guessing.
  2. Jul 29, 2013
    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]
  3. Jul 29, 2013
    The album definitely grows on repeat listen.
  4. Aug 8, 2013
    Some of the more straightforward rockers show signs of fresh thinking. [Jul 2013, p.97]
  5. Jul 29, 2013
    If Liam seems hamstrung as a rocker on BE, at least he’s showing more promise as a balladeer.
  6. Jul 29, 2013
    [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.
  7. Jul 29, 2013
    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.

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  1. Aug 7, 2013
    "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”)
  2. Aug 7, 2013
    Beady Eye with the help of Dave Sitek released a great second album, a modern sounding rock record with some of the most interesting recordings by any oasis member so far.An album that it stands on its own proudly and give us hope for even better things by this band. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2013
    It takes a few listens, but this album is worth it. Not to be compared to Oasis/NGHFB purely because it's just too different. I love this album. I really do. You can tell when a song is written by a different member of the band, they all have their own unique writing style. Soul Love (Gallagher) is a powerful yet understated acoustic song which you could compare to I'm Outta Time from DOYS if you needed an Oasis comparison. Whereas It's Time to Face The Crowd (Bell) is a more electric guitar heavy song, more comparable to something off of DBTT. It gets the balance of acoustic and electric songs just right. Buy this album and you won't regret it. Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2013
    Months after release I'm still listening to this more than anything else. Great production from Sitek and although some of the songs have at times some iffy lryics the rest of the song usually has a massive hook which transcends them (Second Bite Of The Apple). This is in my opinion the best Gallagher related output since Oasis's Don't Believe The Truth in 2005. The deluxe version includes the song "Off At The Next Exit" which could have sat nicely with Noel written songs in the quality department. Hope there is enough enthusiasm from the band for album #3. Expand
  5. Feb 28, 2014
    Ok, no its not Oasis, and it IS Oasis, sans Noel. And it is good, Oasis good? Well to answer that you have to ask yourself this question, is Liam trying to be Oasis? If so, he fails. But I tend to think he is not and the music here is evolving into something a little more 21st century, with strong traces of Oasis. I like it very much. My favorite cut is the hypnotic "Second bite of the Apple". Do not think this would have ever been a Oasis cut. The song starts out with a driving drum beat, then morphs into Liam sounding a bit like a Bob Dylan Disciple with a cool indy band behind him, finally the song explodes into a big chorus, not unlike some of the best of Oasis. Definitely worth adding this to your record collection. Expand
  6. Jan 15, 2014
    There is actually something "strange" in this second album, but I can't understand why there are so many awful critics, and I think that it is slightly better than Different Gear. Expand
  7. Oct 19, 2013
    Before this review begins, I would like to point out that there will be no comparisons to Noel Gallagher’s album with this one, and for good reason; they are incomparable. Because with this album, Beady Eye have tried to distance themselves from the Oasis sound, whilst still keeping it in their back pocket. After 2011’s blatantly obvious sounding but brilliantly fun “Different Gear” album the band was ditched by a renowned producer (Steve Lillywhite) and their management (also Noel’s) shortly after. Former Oasis members Liam Gallagher, Andy Bell and Gem Archer knew they couldn’t make the same album with Beady Eye that they did with Oasis; they had to separate their sound.

    The album begins with that exact mindframe; Liam, Andy and Gem’s chorus-less and unique ‘Flick of the Finger’ comes out swinging with swagger but also with brains, as it’s one of the best written songs on the record and maybe the best song they’ve ever written. Then, expecting another bruiser for a second track, listeners might be shocked to hear the slow and slightly dark ‘Soul Love’, which is one of many displays of the talents of TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, the producer brought in to inject a bit of experimentation to a band influenced by a strict number of rock bands. Beady Eye are the last group on Earth to be known to use ambience, but it shows up in many places on the record, and more so on the album’s masterpiece bonus tracks. It is an absolute travesty that the beautiful ballads “Off at the Next Exit”, “Evil Eye”, “Back After the Break”, the Monkees-eque “Girls in Uniform” and Bee Gee’s stomper “The World’s Not Set in Stone” were not swapped out for the weaker songs on the album.

    Other than the aforementioned ‘Flick of the Finger’, the real highlights of ‘BE’ are ‘Soon Come Tomorrow’, and ‘Ballroom Figured’, two songs in the same vein, but very well written. On the downside, ‘BE’ suffers from sometimes uninspired and overused songwriting.

    Beady Eye fall back on their Beatles and Stones past with tracks like ‘Face the Crowd’, the very ‘Revolver’ period “Iz Rite” and the hippie feel of ‘Shine A Light’. A few of these tracks work, but they leave you seeing them as almost filler. The first single “The Second Bite of the Apple” has a great Zombies 60’s sound previously unheard from the group, but has appallingly terrible lyrics. Then, falling back even more, Liam starts again with his brother.

    If it wasn’t noticeable with “The Morning Son” on the last record, he comes back with “Don’t Brother Me”, which highlights Noel’s previous success that Liam says he gave him by singing his songs in Oasis, while mentioning his solo success “If I Had a Gun…”. It’s almost sad to see Liam not being able to move on from his brotherly issues. Saying that, Liam’s songs, while simple, get their point across with a less reverbed and more dry and almost angelic delivery from a man who is usually seen as the opposite.

    With “BE”, there are a lot of great moments, but not a lot of great songs. If the goal for Beady Eye was to be experimental and different, I think they slightly succeeded, but not as much as I’d hoped. On this album, Beady Eye sound like a band with an identity crisis; torn by the idea of what they want to be defined by. They should have learned a long time ago that they just need to ‘BE’.

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