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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 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Mar 1, 2011
    10
    "Different Gear ,Still Speeding" is an album about love, hope,life & dreams.It sounds fresh
    free,uplifting,soulful,happy,and sensitive.A
    "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!
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  2. Jan 22, 2016
    10
    An excellent album and definitely a big surprise from Beady Eye and especially Liam Gallagher.
    There's still life after Oasis and the beat
    An excellent album and definitely a big surprise from Beady Eye and especially Liam Gallagher.
    There's still life after Oasis and the beat goes on...
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  3. Mar 18, 2011
    9
    Different Gear, Still Speeding is a truly surprising album that manages to be on par with most of the later Oasis albums even though chiefDifferent 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
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  4. Jul 13, 2011
    8
    I'm quite a fan of Oasis, so I was looking forward for the first solo album by one of Gallagher brothers. Firstly, it seemed to be a bitI'm quite a fan of Oasis, so I was looking forward for the first solo album by one of Gallagher brothers. Firstly, it seemed to be a bit boring, monotonous and secondary. But after some time, I discovered a power of this album. You won't find any super hits in it, but Different Gear, Still Speeding may be more interesting than Heathen Chemistry and Don't Believe the Truth. Liam's songs more like old school rock-n-roll, than classic oasis songs. Any way, great album. Expand
  5. Mar 2, 2011
    7
    Still absorbing the album, but first impressions are good. Liam´s performance far from brilliant, but don´tStill absorbing the album, but first impressions are good. Liam´s performance far from brilliant, but don´t compromise the final work. this is a work made by former oasis musicians, so it´s not only Liam. Some good tunes, the roller, millionaire, the beat goes on, kill for a dream, the morning son... good stuff, cheers OASIS fans!!! Expand
  6. Apr 4, 2011
    7
    On the whole it's a good album, certainly better than many had expected. Not really like an Oasis album, which isn't necessarily a bad thing,On the whole it's a good album, certainly better than many had expected. Not really like an Oasis album, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, although lacks that a bit of drive that Oasis injected into their songs. None of the songs on DGSS are quite as exhilarating as 'Four Letter Word' but it still has some top tunes ( the Roller, Kill For a Dream, Millionaire). 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 artwell 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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