Beady Eye's sophomore effort is released in the UK and not exactly-officially-completely available in the US but a video has been filmed for the second single from BE, "Shine A Light."
I've got a digital advance of the album and started sketching notes for my review but haven't decided if I should weigh in before it gets American distribution or take my swings now. This gives me a chance to split the difference, talking about the single and video.
The Dave Sitek-produced track is overflowing with classic '60s psychedelic sounds with acoustic guitars and sitar (or guitars mimicking sitar) churning immersed in swirling synth and string sounds. There's also a dramatic pause, punctuated by piano, designed to make this all feel rather sweeping and epic. It doesn't quite get there but comes damn close.
This is familiar sonic terrain. We've heard it and heard it better but Gallagher, Gem Archer, and Andy Bell have done their '60s British Invasion homework and know how to pull this off. Lyrically, Gallagher doesn't have anything to say but he sounds cool doing it. It's eminently listenable but is possessed neither of originality or depth.
The first thing we have to say about this video is: nice work if you can get it, eh, Liam? I've never wanted to be Liam Gallagher and I still don't but this looks like a good day to me. You may not want to let your boss (or your wife) see you watching this one but I won't tell if you won't.