As a lover of all things Oasis, I didn’t want to like the new Beady Eye album, which came out on March 1 in the U.S. Although the band is made up of most Oasis’ former members, it’s missing what was always the key ingredient for me: Noel Gallagher. Similar to Oasis they are, but Oasis they are not. I can’t write them off as the talent-less other members as much as I want to though. The songs are catchy with strong guitars and quite memorable. My favorite song so far is “For Anyone”, a sweet Beatles-esque (big surprise) ditty, which is probably the least rock ’n’ roll song on the album. On top of the consistent strum of a guitar, Liam sings “For anyone who knows, for anyone who’s been, forever in my heart, I’ll see you in my dreams. For anyone who loves, for anyone who feels, I’m never giving up until the dream is real. I know it’s gonna be all right. Forever I’ll be by your side.” I do find it annoying that Liam seems to think he hasn’t achieved all of his dreams at this point in his life. He’s a long way from the bratty, arrogant days of Oasis declaring that they were the biggest band in the world whilst they were just in the beginning stages. However, I enjoy Liam’s belief that everything will be all right, which reflects the oft-used Oasis theme that having faith in some spiritual mystery makes everything okay, apparent in songs like “Whatever” and “The Masterplan”.
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