BE (Beady Eye album)

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BE
BE Artwork.jpg
Studio album by Beady Eye
Released 10 June 2013 (2013-06-10)
Recorded November 2012–March 2013
Studio State of the Ark Studios, Richmond, London
Genre
Length 49:09
Label
Producer
Beady Eye chronology
Different Gear, Still Speeding
(2011)Different Gear, Still Speeding2011
BE
(2013)
Singles from BE
  1. "Flick of the Finger"
    Released: 15 April 2013
  2. "Second Bite of the Apple"
    Released: 29 April 2013
  3. "Shine a Light" /
    "The World's Not Set in Stone"

    Released: 19 August 2013[1]
  4. "Soul Love" / "Iz Rite"
    Released: 25 November 2013[2]

BE is the second and final studio album by English rock band Beady Eye, released on 10 June 2013 (2013-06-10).[3] It was recorded between November 2012 and March 2013. The album was produced by Dave Sitek who has previously produced records for Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio and Jane's Addiction. BE debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart behind Black Sabbath's 13.[4] Despite receiving mixed reviews from contemporary critics, BE is considered by many fans to be an improvement from their debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding and is notable for showcasing a rare experimental approach which departs from the sound of previous Beady Eye and Oasis albums.

Release and promotion[edit]

The first song released from the album was "Flick of the Finger", which music video was premiered at Beady Eye's official website. The song peaked at number 138 in the UK, however, the song was not the first single from the album.[5][6] The first official single from the album was "Second Bite of the Apple".[7][8] It was due to receive its first UK Radio airplay on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 programme on 15 April 2013, but Zane Lowe then announced it has been rescheduled to the 29 April.[9] "Second Bite of the Apple" charted at number 112 in the UK. It was also performed live on BBC talent show The Voice UK semi-final on Saturday 15 June 2013. The double A-side "Shine a Light" / "The World's Not Set in Stone" was released on 19 August. Their new double A-side "Iz Rite" / "Soul Love" was released on 25 November.

The album (and subsequent single) artwork was designed by Trevor Jackson and features photographs by Harry Peccinotti, originally shot for NOVA Magazine.[10] The band used a largely Internet-based promotional tactic that required people to share the Beady Eye website to unlock different stems of the song "Flick of the Finger". The album leaked online in its entirety 2 weeks before its official release on 10 June. The album was released in standard and deluxe editions. Deluxe edition features four extra tracks, while Japanese deluxe edition featured additional two tracks.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[11]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[12]
Clash 8/10[13]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[14]
The Independent 3/5 stars[15]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[16]
NME 7/10[17]
Pitchfork 5.8/10[18]
PopMatters 4/10[19]
Sputnikmusic 1.5/5 stars[20]
Uncut 7/10[16]

BE received a mixed critical reception, receiving a score of 59 on Metacritic indicating mixed-to-positive reviews.[21] Many positive reviews complemented the band's progression from their debut album whilst negative reviews criticised the albums lyrics and production.

Simon Harper of Clash magazine said, "Shades of light and dark ripple throughout and keep the listener guessing... (On 'Soul Love') Liam Gallagher's cosmic vibe is matched by the first distinct stamp of producer David Sitek's ambient adventuring, which commandeers the second-half of the song, letting it drift dreamily skywards. This is what permeates BE, making it sonically enchanting." In a 4/5 review from Daily Express, they said, "'Second Bite of the Apple' is a complex, soulful shuffle, arguably the most Lennon-esque piece Gallagher has recorded, 'Soon Come Tomorrow' a truly great pop tune with phased guitar and 'I'm Just Saying' an exercise in sheer exuberance with a counted-off refrain that will be echoing around a stadium near you soon." NME gave BE a 7/10 review and remarked that "BE is certainly an improvement on Different Gear, Still Speeding, but it's more of a tentative step in the right direction than a great leap forward."

In a mixed review, Pitchfork criticised David Sitek's production that, "This is a band that needs to sound a little blurry and blown-out; Beady Eye’s broad strokes and bombastic flourishes are more satisfying when you can’t make out the specifics. Sitek’s pristine production only highlights how half-baked many of these songs are, especially lyrically." PopMatters gave BE a score of 4/10 saying, "When Liam suggested those with a penchant for drugs would enjoy BE one suspects he might’ve meant psychiatric drugs. Gallagher may’ve long since disowned Beady Eye’s so-so début as “Fucking stupid” but at least it was fun. BE is too often clunky n’ hollow and surprisingly downbeat n’ dog-tired. Getting Dr. Sitek on board should’ve been a masterstroke but they’ve seemingly misread “Psychedelic n’ experimental!” as “Add a flute!” Liam Gallagher can be a charismatic, mesmerising presence, but he’s in danger of becoming the fool on the hill. If only he knew someone who could write him a decent tune."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Flick of the Finger" Gem Archer, Andy Bell, Liam Gallagher 3:46
2. "Soul Love" Gallagher 5:10
3. "Face the Crowd" Bell 4:00
4. "Second Bite of the Apple" Archer 3:28
5. "Soon Come Tomorrow" Bell 4:58
6. "Iz Rite" Archer 3:26
7. "I'm Just Saying" Bell 3:45
8. "Don't Brother Me" Gallagher 7:30
9. "Shine a Light" Gallagher 5:04
10. "Ballroom Figured" Archer 3:31
11. "Start Anew" Gallagher 4:29
Total length: 49:09
Bonus tracks

Credits[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Austria 26
Belgium (Flanders)[22] 23
Belgium (Wallonia) 40
Finland 37
Japan 10
France 101
Germany 29
Ireland 4
Italy 11
Netherlands 37
Scotland 1
Spain 28
Sweden 36
Switzerland 17
United Kingdom 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shine a Light" official video Firenote.com
  2. ^ Double A-Side coming out on 25 November http://www.beadyeyemusic.com/2013/iz-rite-soul-love/[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Beady Eye announce Second Album". NME.com. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Black Sabbath tops UK chart". entertainment.iafrica.com. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Liam Gallagher jams 'Wonderwall' with 14-year-old fan at video shoot | News". Nme.Com. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Beady Eye name new album BE". Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Beady Eye unveil new single "Second Bite if the Apple" Nme.com
  8. ^ Beady Eye debut "Second Bite if the Apple" video Gigwise.com
  9. ^ "Beady Eye to premiere new single on April 15 | News". Nme.Com. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.contactmusic.com/press/beady-eye-announce-new-single-shine-a-light-to-be-released-august-19th-2013
  11. ^ "BE Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  12. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "BE – Beady Eye". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Beady Eye – 'Be'". clashmusic.com. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Simpson, Dave (6 June 2013). "Beady Eye: BE – review". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  15. ^ Gill, Andy (7 June 2013). "Album review: Beady Eye, BE (Beady Eye)". London: independent.co.uk. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Beady Eye – 'Be'". anydecentmusic.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Beady Eye – 'Be'". nme.com. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  18. ^ Hyden, Steven (28 June 2013). "Beady Eye – BE". Pitchfork. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Beady Eye – 'BE'". popmatters.com. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Beady Eye – BE". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "Metacritic - Beady Eye". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Beady Eye – BE". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "British album certifications – Beady Eye – BE". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter BE in the search field and then press Enter.

External links[edit]

  • BE at YouTube (streamed copy where licensed)