Sound — 6
English rock supergroup Beady Eye are marking their return to 2013 with the release of their sophomore studio album, simply titled "BE." The band first made headlines back in 2009, when former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher announced he would continue making music with several other ex-Oasis band members under the name Beady Eye. In 2011, the group released their debut album, "Different Gear, Still Speeding," which showed the band establishing it's roots. And two years later, with their new album it shows the members of Beady Eye expanding upon its foundation and moving into broader musical territory. The album's lead single, "Second Bite of the Apple," may not have been exactly what fans would've anticipated, but the song itself isn't that bad. It starts out as a slow bluesy jam, but around the 1:40 mark erupts with explosive brass playing and vocal harmonies, and after multiple listens starts to grow on you. The opening track, "Flick of the Finger," similarly features some dominative brass playing and bears a significant classic rock style and vibe. As compared to their previous effort, this new album shows Beady Eye beginning to find their own sound and appropriately distributing it throughout 11 new compositions. And while the outcome definitely isn't horrible, there just isn't anything too standout as well.
Lyrics — 7
Lead vocalist Liam Gallagher gives a continuously good performance throughout "BE." His distinctive singing style is a stabilizing factor throughout the entire album; whenever the band instrumentally decides to expand into different territory, it's his natural sound that holds the surrounding songs together and helps the album transition easily.
Overall Impression — 6
With "BE," the members of Beady Eye expand upon the sound first established in their debut album, bring in fresh-sounding elements and take on expansive territory. While the outcome is good and entirely listenable, I personally do not feel this collection of songs live up to the hype set for them. For any fan of this line up's earlier offerings in Oasis, as well as Beady Eye's debut album, then picking up this album for yourselves should be a no-brainer.