Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Watch Out Liam’s About

Liam Gallagher is back, for better or worse, with a new group called Beady Eye.

Bring The Light – the first song to be taken from next year’s as-yet-untitled debut album – was made available to download this morning and is the first new music to rise from the ashes of the Oasis funeral pyre.

“Bring The Light” – Beady Eye

Gallagher’s previous assertion that “a lot of it sounds more like T. Rex or really old rock’n’roll like Jerry Lee Lewis,” is startlingly borne out. The oily whirlpool of guitars that defined the last decade of Oasis albums has been replaced by a boogieing, barrelhouse piano riff and a lean production that reminds us of a glammed-up Status Quo or a Jim Jones Revue minus the ear-exploding, psychobilly edge. Producer Steve Lillywhite has even found a soupçon of Elvis-reverb for Liam’s lead vocal.

The change seems to have done him the world of good which means that on Bring The Light Liam and his reconfigured band sound pared-back and peppy.

So here’s Gem Archer, employing his Paul McCartney guitar fills to spiky effect in the breaks, while Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock use their prior experience as Noel Gallagher‘s purposefully unfunky rhythm section to tap into the song’s pugilistic pulse.

Let’s remember that Sharrock  gives the other three something they’ve never really had before: an exciting drummer to work off. In the annals of Oasis history, only The Who’s Zak Starkey comes close.

Alongside the female backing vocals, it’s Sharrock – dusty snare drum snap in tow – that fuels Liam’s sneers of “baby, c’mon” and really seems to make the choruses swing. Liam Gallagher may have rocked and roared, but he’s never, ever swung.

Ross Bennett (edited source


November 13, 2010 - Posted by | New Music, New News, New Releases | , ,

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