Beady Eye

When Oasis were at their absolute peak, the very heart of their appeal was plainly the incomparable voice of their primary vocalist, Liam Gallagher, one of the great singers of the ’90s. When Oasis were at their worst, their most frustrating flaws were also found in Liam’s vocals: between booze, cigarettes, poor conditioning, and God knows what else, the dude’s pipes were completely burnt to black. By the end, he could barely hold a melody. It’s been a long road back, but the new Dave Sitek-produced single (which came out of nowhere) from Liam’s post-Oasis project Beady Eye showcases the younger Gallagher brother at his best since … Be Here Now? Maybe What’s The Story? Regardless of where you want to place this performance in the man’s portfolio, it’s a pleasure to hear his voice so crisp and clear. The song itself — with bold horns leading the way — feels confident and proud, not unlike the great Oasis non-album single “Whatever.” On live versions of the Oasis track “Hello,” Liam used to improvise the coda, “It’s good to be back.” Here, it actually sounds like he’s back. It’s good to have him. Listen.

Comments (15)
  1. Actually, now that it’s in my head, I remember it was Noel who sang, “It’s good to be back,” but the point stands.

  2. haha i can’t get over that wannabe 1969 band pic…

    • ha…it’s hilarious seeing all the fanatics with the creaming-their-drawers comments haha…”OMG best song EVER!!!” it’s like ‘yeahhhh? it’s sorta catchy…and that big band sound is…kinda cool…ish….i guess??’ haha, robots r funny.

  3. Diabolical and this is coming from a non-luditte Oasis fan.

  4. Sounds great

  5. really like it, looking forward to the album

  6. beady eye lol what a fucking dross

  7. I’m excited for this! Different Gear was a really surprising album for me in the most pleasant way possible.

  8. It’s just a shame because if Liam is at the peak of his powers here more than since the 1994-1997 Golden Age and since Noel just made a really good record, Oasis could probably make a killer comeback record if they put aside the squabbling.

  9. You know what else just hit me? The Strokes are the US’s version of Oasis. Let me explain.

    Both come into the rock music in a period when there are a dearth of exciting new rock bands and release incredible and generation-defining debut albums which inspire a whole new generation of kids to pick up guitars and bring rock music back into the consciousness in a real way. They then follow their debut successes with a very good sophomore record, if not quite as good as the debut that helps sustain and build their popularity. After a little while basking in success, they create third albums hampered by a sense of dislocation and drug abuse and cause people to decide that the magic is gone. Upon later review, those albums hold up somewhat better and have great moments/singles, but there’s no denying the disappointment. After a hiatus, they return with a bad album with some good singles and then as much of a return to form as anyone could reasonably expect. After that, band arguments/creative exhaustion cause them to break up, and the individual members go on to make fascinating solo projects . Years after their debut albums, they retain fans just out of sheer loyalty/devotion to the influential and brilliant early material with hopes that maybe they can recapture the spark.

  10. Does this mean I can stop hiding the fact that I sort of liked their first album?

  11. i love that tune!

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