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  • Summary: With frontman Liam Gallagher taking the reins sans brother Noel, the debut of the Steve Lillywhite-produced album combines psychedelic rock with Beatles-sounding Brit-pop that shows remnants of early Oasis in it's sound.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Mar 14, 2011
    80
    This untrammeled rock & roll gusto makes the bulk of Different Gear pure fun in a way the carefully considered post-Morning Glory records never were, and it also means that Beady Eye aren't quite as sure-footed on their ballads: they are a band of instinct, not introspection, and listening to them follow Liam's id throughout Different Gear, Still Speeding is infectious.
  2. Mar 2, 2011
    70
    Getting away from his brother really does seem to make Liam happy.
  3. 70
    The album is quite fun in places, and shows some actual songwriting acumen form Liam Gallagher.
  4. 60
    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.
  5. Mar 1, 2011
    60
    One listen to this album though and you come to realise that its Noel's absence that has made it.
  6. Feb 28, 2011
    60
    The good news is that, from its amusingly headlong title down, Different Gear, Still Speeding feels a good deal less lumpy than the last few Oasis albums.
  7. 37
    Beady Eye's eagerly awaited debut represents Liam Gallagher's uninspiring foray into the spotlight without Noel, his battle-weary brother and Oasis's chief songwriter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Mar 2, 2011
    10
    This album is truly remarkable. Whoever said Liam needed Noel to put together a great album was wrong. I listened to this album 16 times in one week it is truly amazing. 13 amazing tracks that really showcase just how great Liam's voice still is. Be sure to check out their b-sides as well.This album has so many remarkable sons not to mention 2 songs that are over 6 minutes. This is a well crafted album that is sure to make a splash. Expand
  2. Aug 7, 2013
    10
    A great debut album by a great band. A huge surprise to see there s still life after Oasis with Beady Eye and their 'Different Gear Still Speeding" lp. Expand
  3. Mar 5, 2011
    9
    This CD i a modern day revival of rock n roll with sounds from The Who, The Beatles and Oasis with its own signature of Liam's voice that so recognizable. Its defiantly a break in the charts from the Pop and R'n'B that has plagued us in recent years. The CD is a great Mixture of quick up beat songs you can tap to the beat 'Three Ring Circus' and slow songs that send shivers down your spine that you sing along with 'Kill for a dream'. The debut album, that everyone expected to be dismal with out Mr Noel Gallagher, has a ability to grow on you each time you plate with songs like 'Bring the light' and 'Beatles and Stones' that become your favorite songs after playing a couple times. So overall this has been a complete success by Liam, Gem, Andy and Chris that is a classic in anybodies rock collection and should go along with the likes of Defiantly Maybe and Don't believe the truth. Expand
  4. Mar 19, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Back to 2009 when Oasis split. Noel Gallagher, the groups main songwriter, guitar player and part-time singer, leaves the group to do the solo album he always wanted to do. But that's appart from Liam and the others, they decided not to sit and wait for his solo stuff, but get themselves back on track! But who would've tought they'd do it like this? To be fair, my bet was on Noel. But almost 2 years later, we still havn't heard anything about him, not even an official confirmation about a solo album. Meanwhile Liam Gallagher & co have not been lazy. I was not a big fan o Bring The Light at first, but then we got Four Letter Word and The Roller. Started to look forward to the album, and here it finally is, released onto the world about 2 weeks ago: 'Different Gear, Still Speeading'. I must admit, the album is far better then I ever expected! Millionaire (next single btw) with is lyrical referations to Salvador Dali, the anthemic and fans favourite The Beat Goes on, the architypical Wigwam, the Oasis type ballad Kill For A Dream and the epic album closer The Morning Son Has Rose are my favourite tunes. Great great album! Expand
  5. Oct 19, 2013
    7
    From the rubble of Oasis first comes the swaggering Liam Gallagher, ready to kick your balls in. ”Different Gear, Still Speeding” has it’s moments of ball kicking, but also has a lot of touching, ballady, almost whimsical moments; but not in the Noel sense. It’s about time someone re-awoken the charm of the Faces and The Kinks and all those other great, forgotten British Invasion bands. Though that charm wears off a little when you realize how obviously how Beatles, Stones and Who it is, but that’s the exact thing that makes it charming again; it has a truly classic property to it, even if it’s not considered a classic. Expand
  6. Mar 25, 2012
    7
    This album is a huge success just because of the fact that it isn't the train wreck that many people were expecting. Liam sounds like he is having the most fun he has had in years, letting loose and just doing his own thing. You're not gonna find anything deep on this album, which is obvious because Noel is gone, but what you are left with is a light-hearted rock album that is a lot of fun to listen to. Expand
  7. Mar 2, 2011
    1
    well i am 1 one those that get an ear on that collection of songs, just becuz of mister G. Curiosity, and i must admit, that the art concept... is something, that bring to mind freshness.... compared to the former band those musicians played afore. The bowels? Well... i cant tell i remember right now, what i've heard (i wouldnt have heard b4) or rather, must admit, i dont wanna remember, what i've heard in this nice packaged CD. Expand

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