Different Gear, Still Speeding

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Different Gear, Still Speeding
Studio album by Beady Eye
Released 28 February 2011
Recorded June–November 2010 (June–November 2010) at RAK Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 51:34
Label Beady Eye
Producer Beady Eye, Steve Lillywhite
Beady Eye chronology
Different Gear, Still Speeding
(2011)
BE
(2013)
Singles from Different Gear, Still Speeding
  1. "Bring the Light"
    Released: 22 November 2010
  2. "Four Letter Word"
    Released: 17 January 2011
  3. "The Roller"
    Released: 21 February 2011
  4. "Millionaire"
    Released: 2 May 2011
  5. "The Beat Goes On"
    Released: 11 July 2011

Different Gear, Still Speeding is the debut album by the English rock band Beady Eye, released on 28 February 2011.[1] It debuted at number 3 in the UK albums chart selling 66,817 in the first week. As of August 2012 the album has sold 174,487 copies in the UK.[2] On the album all members contributed to the instrumentation, much like the later albums of Oasis.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
BBC Music favourable[4]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
NME 7/10[5]
Spin 7/10 stars[6]
Clash 7/10[7]
Uncut 6/10 stars[8]
The Fly 2/5 stars[9]
Yahoo Music 7/10[10]

Reviews of the album have been generally mixed-to-favourable. According to review aggregator site Metacritic, the album has an average score of 65%.[11]

Reviewing for Rolling Stone, Stacey Anderson, who gave the album 2.5 out of 5 stars, said "On Different Gear, the band attempts stripped down, Stones-y rock but ends up with 'Be Here Now'-style guitar bluster and Liam's blithely boilerplate lyrics". Drowned in Sound awarded the album 4/10 saying that By and large it radiates the stolid competence of a band on auto-pilot, with a few flashes of likeable enthusiasm. The Independent on Sunday gave it 2/5 stars. Simon Goddard, reviewing for Q, gave the album four-out-of-five stars and described it as "the strongest record Liam's made" since (What's the Story) Morning Glory?,[12] while Garry Mulholland, in his three-star review for Uncut, denied that the album "remotely matches" Definitely Maybe, but felt the album was a step in the right direction. Mojo also gave the album four stars out of five, citing Gallagher's singing as a highlight.[4] The Fly, however, remarked that the album was "dull", and a disappointment, while Scotland on Sunday added that Noel Gallagher is missed as a songwriting partner.[13][14] The BBC and The Independent both commented that the album bests Oasis' later music, if not lacking innovation from the previous group,[4] while The Sun praised the album's simplicity and variety, citing "Bring the Light" as a surprising highlight, a comment that NME repeated.[5] The album is generally agreed to have surpassed expectations, with Mojo remarking that the album "shaped up better than many imagined," and Q saying that it "decimates all negative preconceptions."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer and Andy Bell,[15] except "Sons of the Stage" by Gordon King and Tony Ogden

  1. "Four Letter Word" – 4:17
  2. "Millionaire" – 3:19
  3. "The Roller" – 3:34
  4. "Beatles and Stones" – 2:56
  5. "Wind Up Dream" – 3:27
  6. "Bring the Light" – 3:39
  7. "For Anyone" – 2:15
  8. "Kill for a Dream" – 4:39
  9. "Standing on the Edge of the Noise" – 2:52
  10. "Wigwam" – 6:39
  11. "Three Ring Circus" – 3:09
  12. "The Beat Goes On" – 4:45
  13. "The Morning Son" – 6:03
Bonus tracks
Special Edition

There is a special edition of the album, which includes a DVD with music videos for "Bring the Light", "Four Letter Word" and "Sons of the Stage", as well as a documentary entitled RAK Them Out.[17] Japanese copies included the music video for "The Roller".[16] A Japan-only "Limited Tour Edition" includes a bonus DVD featuring highlights from the concert in Paris on 13 March 2011, containing twelve songs in 52 minutes, and music videos including "The Beat Goes On".

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per booklet.[15]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Japan[18] 23 February 2011 Sony Music
Germany 25 February 2011 Beady Eye Records
Republic of Ireland
United Kingdom[19]
Italy 28 February 2011
Spain
United States/Canada 1 March 2011 Dangerbird Records
Australia 11 March 2011 Liberation Music
Argentina 18 March 2011 Sony Music
Brazil
Croatia 21 March 2011 Sony Music / Menart

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Scottish Albums Chart 2
Australian Albums Chart 18
Austrian Albums Chart 14
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 14
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 20
Canadian Albums Chart 20
Croatian Albums Chart[20] 15
Danish Albums Chart 27
Dutch Albums Chart 7
Finnish Albums Chart 20
French Albums Chart 32
German Albums Chart 15
German Independent Chart[21] 5
Irish Albums Chart 3
Italian Albums Chart 10
Japanese Albums Chart 5
Mexican Albums Chart 45
New Zealand Albums Chart 35
Norwegian Albums Chart 30
South Korean Albums Chart[22] 12
Spanish Albums Chart 13
Swedish Albums Chart 34
Swiss Albums Chart 7
UK Albums Chart 3
US Billboard 200 31

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beady Eye Announces Album Details". Beady Eye. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  2. ^ McCormick, Neil (9 November 2011). "Liam Gallagher: not a day goes by when I don’t think about Oasis". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Different Gear, Still Speeding – Beady Eye". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d Reviews of Different Gear, Still Speeding by Beady Eye, collected by Any Decent Music
  5. ^ a b Beady Eye – Album Review: Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding (Beady Eye Records)
  6. ^ Beady Eye, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'
  7. ^ Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding | Clash Music Latest Album Review
  8. ^ Critic Reviews for Different Gear, Still Speeding at Metacritic
  9. ^ Album Review: Beady Eye / ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ (Beady Eye Records) – 2011 THE-FLY.CO.UK
  10. ^ Beady Eye – 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'
  11. ^ Different Gear, Still Speeding Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic
  12. ^ Goddard, Simon (25 January 2011), Liam Gallagher strikes first blow as post-Oasis years begin..., March 2011, Q, pp. 102–103 
  13. ^ Album review: Beady Eye, Different Gear, Still Speeding – Scotsman.com Living
  14. ^ Mulholland, Garry. Liam Gallagher's bunker mentality bears fruit on post-Oasis debut. March 2011. Uncut. p. 90. 
  15. ^ a b Different Gear, Still Speeding (Booklet). Beady Eye. Beady Eye. 2011. BEADYCD2. 
  16. ^ a b "Different Gear, Still Speeding (Japan) (Special Edition CD & DVD)". Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "Different Gear, Still Speeding (Special Edition CD & DVD)". Play.com. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "Beady Eye Announced Release Date, Album Title, Artwork, and Track List of Debut Album!". Sony Music. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  19. ^ "iTunes – Music – Different Gear, Still Speeding by Beady Eye". Itunes.apple.com. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "O nama". Hdu.hr. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  21. ^ Beady Eye glänzen in Independent-Charts
  22. ^ "2011년 3월 둘째주 앨범차트 종합순위". Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 

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