Noel Gallagher’s debut solo single VS Beady Eye

BEADY EYE & Noel Gallagher

Beady Eye are an English rock band formed in 2009 by former members of Oasis, following the exit of member Noel Gallagher. Different Gear, Still Speeding is the debut album by English rock band Beady Eye, released on 28 February 2011. It debuted at #3 in the UK albums chart selling 66,817 in the first week. It was certified gold in the UK.

Noel Gallagher was “shocked” by the chart performance of Beady Eye’s singles. Noel Gallagher has denied being pleased to see his brother’s singles chart so low – saying it was a “wake-up call” for his own solo career. Noel told NME he wasn’t happy that Liam’s Beady Eye songs The Roller and Millionaire only reached 31 and 71 in the UK singles chart respectively.

The wait is over. We’ve heard younger brother Liam’s ode to Oasis in the shape of Beady Eye’s Different Gear, Still Speeding, now it’s Noel’s turn with the first single from his debut solo album, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Since Beady Eye’s arrival, Liam has returned to familiar rent-a-quote mode to help pick up flagging sales (after 21 weeks, the album has only sold 138,908 copies), while Noel was quick to reveal details of the Oasis split at the press conference for his album. As ever, the hoopla surrounding the pair seems to be overshadowing the music but surely Gallagher Snr hopes this will change with the release of his first solo single, The Death of You and Me.

In many ways it’s exactly what you would expect from a Noel Gallagher song: a pretty, Kinks-esque acoustic shuffle, creaky falsetto, rhyming “city” with “pretty” and “pity”. But the chorus has a lovely melody and the New Orleans brass adds an element of the unexpected to a song that feels instantly familiar.

• The Death of You and Me is released on 21 August


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