Album reviews: Eye spy a great future

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Beady Eye: Different Gear, Still Speeding ***

Seventeen years and 70 million record sales since the release of their Oasis debut and it seems virtually impossible to listen to the Gallagher brothers with an impartial ear.

Maybe you’re still lost in the hazy days of Britpop and filter every new song through those memories? Maybe you missed that boat and never got past the caricatures? Not definitely, but maybe.

Liam’s first post-Oasis release shows there is truth in both views.

Leather-skinned rockers such as Four Letter Word and Beatles And Stones are heavy but not heavyweight, but there are some lighter, more deft touches on tracks such as For Anyone and The Beat Goes On.

Liam got custody of Andy Bell and Gem Archer and their presence seems to provide the depth.

Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes

****

Wounded Rhymes may, by her own admission, be an album of “loss and separation”, but Swedish pop princess Lykke Li’s second release is far from gloomy and every bit as good as her acclaimed debut Youth Novels.

Youth Knows No Pain snaffles and slows the main riff from Jerk It Out by compatriots Caesars and is a strong opener, while singles Get Some and I Follow Rivers are definite highlights.

Sadness Is A Blessing and Jerome are driven by Spector-esque drums, while slower numbers such as Unrequited Love and I Know Places are interesting enough not to become boring.

Paul Draper. Picture: Tom Sheehan

Music interview - Paul Draper on his solo album: ‘It’s more a cathartic process about healing the wounds of being in a band’