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Mar 2, 201110This 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
Mar 1, 201110"Different Gear ,Still Speeding" is an album about love, hope,life & dreams.It sounds fresh
free,uplifting,soulful,happy,and sensitive.A great new start for Liam Gallagher and co , a huge surprise for everyone , even for Oasis fans.Perfect in its imperfection and that's finally how a rock n roll record should sound.These guys should be proud and we should feel lucky to hear that great voice singing again classics such as "The Beat Goes On" , "Four Letter Word", "Wigwam" or "Kill For A Dream" to name a few!Best debut album of the year by the best new band of the year!… Expand
Mar 5, 20119This 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
Mar 18, 20119Different Gear, Still Speeding is a truly surprising album that manages to be on par with most of the later Oasis albums even though chief songwriter Noel Gallagher is absent. While his catchy melodies and guitar play are missed from time to time, singer Liam Gallagher, Andy Bell and Gem Archer have really developed as songwriters and have put out some amazingly good songs. Opener Four Letter Word is as good as any later Oasis lead single and a rock tune worthy of Noel himself (although actually written by Andy Bell). The fresh, catchy and uplifting Millionaire features some great lyrics as well as a melody no Oasis song has ever come close to.
Lead single The Roller sounds a lot like John Lennon, but that's not a bad thing - it has a perfectly catchy chorus, a very refreshing sound and great vocals by Liam. Beatles and Stones and Wind Up Dream are the two weakest tracks on the record without being as boring or repetitive as many Oasis fillers; Bring The Light invokes the spirit of 50s piano riff rock and has a unique touch with female background singers and extremely simple lyrics ("Baby come on/Baby hold on").
For Anyone is Liam's take on an acoustic love song in the La's style. Extremely catchy and sweet, Liam's vocal performance is incredible here. Absolutely single-worthy and good enough for most Oasis albums. Kill For A Dream is the only real ballad on the album and is reminiscent of Liam's Little James (from 2000 Oasis album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants) with better lyrics and a touching chorus. Standing on the Edge of the Noise is a bit too loud and, well, noisy, and totally rips off the Beatles classic Get Back - the most forgettable track, yet catchy and uplifting.
The last four tracks are the best the album has to offer. Liam's Wigwam and Andy Bell's The Beat Goes On are masterpieces - the psychedelic Wigwam unites three parts and ends in a great, if a bit repetitive "I'm coming up" sequence. The Beat Goes On is a classic song, catchy, a bit corny, but unforgettable.
Three Ring Circus is an Oasis-style rocker, which isn't a bad thing; it has a great melody, and it stands out as one of the few tunes that really sound like they're old Oasis material.
The album finishes with the epic anthem The Morning Son - Beady Eye's Champagne Supernova, a truly inspiring and calm song that turns into a psychedelic, dreamy experience and is a perfect last track.
There is no obvious filler on the record, no obvious hit single either, but many songs that you won't grow bored of soon, a great mixture of rock songs, acoustic, psychedelic and folksy elements. of course, longtime Oasis influences like The Beatles and The Kinks are omnipresent, but by putting all their 60s heroes together, Beady Eye create their own sound and manage to get away from their past as Oasis with a magnificent album. The freshness and joy that went into the making of this album is something Oasis obviously lacked in its waning years, and it might just be that the Oasis split was really for the best. Liam and the boys have shown what they're capable of, and it's great - now it's Noel's turn.
Score: 9/10… Expand
Sep 22, 20119Being the avid Oasis fan I am I was very curious to see how Beady Eye's album was going to turn out and I am pleasantly pleased by the album. Straight out rock and roll with some pretty ballads (for anyone). Nothing fancy just solid rock tunes that are great to listen to. The Roller is a great song and the Morning Son, in my opinion is the best song on the album. It seems to echo shades of Champagne Supernova and the build up to the end is skying, just brilliant. The band is solid without Noel, Beady Eye should be bringing us good tunes for a long time.… Expand
Apr 21, 201158Different Gear, Still Speeding shows that the band is comfortable with themselves and their follow-up has every chance to be a stronger album – especially if they are brave enough to include more styles, even if they won't move beyond their British Invasion inspirations.
Apr 5, 201160Whether Liam Gallagher's band is the start of a new story or a diverting subplot to an on-going saga remains to be seen -- and you can imagine where the smart money lies. [Mar. 2011, p. 92]