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Beady Eye - Bring The Light (Single Review)

Wednesday, 10 November 2010 Written by Dave Ball
Beady Eye - Bring The Light (Single Review)

Cast your minds back to August bank holiday, 2009. The news had just filtered through that Oasis were splitting up and this time it was for good. Today, we discovered how the younger Gallagher would sound moving forward and it's basically the same.

ImageFollowing a steady stream of promises that his new, questionably named band ‘Beady Eye’ would be bigger and better than Oasis, the band's first single ‘Bring The Light’ was made available for free download from www.beadyeyemusic.co.uk this morning.

Fronted by Liam, Beady Eye is essentially Oasis minus Noel. The only other difference being Andy Bell’s switch from bass to rhythm guitar. Otherwise Bell, Gem Archer (guitar) and Chris Sharrock (drums) return. This immediately suggested that we were to expect an Oasis-esque sound which is what we’ve got, sort of.

The track has the heavy, slow-burning guitar noise which became a trademark of Oasis throughout their 15 years, along with Liam’s typical nasal vocals cutting through. However, in this new track you can tell there is a different influence in the writing. Noel Gallagher always aimed to emulate his song-writing heroes by penning story telling songs in the same vain as Ray Davies or John Lennon did, where every song had a tale or a message. That doesn’t appear to be the case here and the overall sound has an almost 50’s feel to it with a keyboard (supplied by Jay Darlington) adding lightness to the dark sounding guitar and drums.

Liam's never ending quest to sound like The Beatles continues with the repeated “Baby, come on” and clap along the drum beat through to the chorus. While the female backing vocals add some depth, the song never really gets going and lacks that connection that so many of the Noel penned Oasis songs created.

The question on everyone’s lips is, inevitably, is this as good as Oasis? My answer would be yes, but unfortunately for Beady Eye its only if you’re referring to the post ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ era material. It’s not a bad track but it’s a long way from the mid 90’s indie classics which made Oasis a worldwide success. My lasting feeling each time I listen is that 'Bring The Light' sounds like album filler from the later Oasis days.

Hopefully there is better to come on the full album which will be released in early 2011.

Stereoboard Rating: 5/10

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