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Different Gear, Still Speeding is the debut studio album by English rock band Beady Eye, released on 28 February 2011.[1] It debuted at number three in the UK Albums Chart selling 66,817 in the first week. As of August 2012, the album has sold 174,487 copies in the UK.[2] On Different Gear, Still Speeding, all members contributed to the instrumentation, much like the later albums of Oasis.

Different Gear, Still Speeding
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Studio album by
Released28 February 2011
RecordedJune–November 2010 (June–November 2010)
StudioRAK Studios, London
LabelBeady Eye
ProducerBeady Eye, Steve Lillywhite
Beady Eye chronology
Different Gear, Still Speeding
Singles from Different Gear, Still Speeding
  1. "Bring the Light"
    Released: 22 November 2010
  2. "Four Letter Word"
    Released: 17 January 2011
  3. "The Roller"
    Released: 21 February 2011
  4. "Millionaire"
    Released: 2 May 2011
  5. "The Beat Goes On"
    Released: 11 July 2011


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]
BBC Musicfavourable[5]
The Fly     [7]
Q     [5]
Spin          [9]
Uncut          [10]
Yahoo Music7/10[11]

Reviews of the album have been generally mixed-to-favourable. According to review aggregator site Metacritic, the album has an average score of 65%.[12]

Reviewing for Rolling Stone, Stacey Anderson, who gave the album 2.5 out of 5 stars, said "On Different Gear, the band attempts stripped down, Stones-y rock but ends up with 'Be Here Now'-style guitar bluster and Liam's blithely boilerplate lyrics". Drowned in Sound awarded the album 4/10 saying that "By and large it radiates the stolid competence of a band on auto-pilot, with a few flashes of likeable enthusiasm." The Independent on Sunday gave it 2/5 stars. Simon Goddard, reviewing for Q, gave the album four-out-of-five stars and described it as "the strongest record Liam's made" since (What's the Story) Morning Glory?,[13] while Garry Mulholland, in his three-star review for Uncut, denied that the album "remotely matches" Definitely Maybe, but felt the album was a step in the right direction. Mojo also gave the album four stars out of five, citing Gallagher's singing as a highlight.[5] The Fly, however, remarked that the album was "dull", and a disappointment, while Scotland on Sunday added that Noel Gallagher is missed as a songwriting partner.[14][15] The BBC and The Independent both commented that the album bests Oasis' later music, if not lacking innovation from the previous group,[5] while The Sun praised the album's simplicity and variety, citing "Bring the Light" as a surprising highlight, a comment that NME repeated.[8] The album is generally agreed to have surpassed expectations, with Mojo remarking that the album "shaped up better than many imagined," and Q saying that it "decimates all negative preconceptions."

Track listingEdit

1."Four Letter Word"Andy Bell4:17
2."Millionaire"Andy Bell3:19
3."The Roller"Gem Archer3:34
4."Beatles and Stones"Liam Gallagher2:56
5."Wind Up Dream"Gem Archer3:27
6."Bring the Light"Liam Gallagher3:39
7."For Anyone"Liam Gallagher2:15
8."Kill for a Dream"Andy Bell4:39
9."Standing on the Edge of the Noise"Gem Archer2:52
10."Wigwam"Liam Gallagher6:39
11."Three Ring Circus"Gem Archer3:09
12."The Beat Goes On"Andy Bell4:45
13."The Morning Son"Liam Gallagher6:03

iTunes Bonus TracksEdit

14."Man of Misery"Liam Gallagher2:38
15."Sons of the Stage"Gordon King, Tony Ogden4:38

Japanese EditionEdit

14."Sons of the Stage"Gordon King, Tony Ogden4:38
15."World Outside My Room"L. Gallagher, G. Archer, A. Bell4:20

Special edition
There is a special edition of the album, which includes a DVD with music videos for "Bring the Light", "Four Letter Word" and "Sons of the Stage", as well as a documentary entitled RAK Them Out.[16] Japanese copies included the music video for "The Roller".[17] A Japan-only "Limited Tour Edition" includes a bonus DVD featuring highlights from the concert in Paris on 13 March 2011, containing twelve songs in 52 minutes, and music videos including "The Beat Goes On".

1.""RAK Them Out - Documental"" 
2.""Bring The Light - Video""3:41
3.""Four Letter Word - Video""4:22
4.""Sons Of The Stage - Video""4:46


Personnel per booklet.[18]

Chart performanceEdit


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Gold 191,000[23]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label
Japan[25] 23 February 2011 Sony Music
Germany 25 February 2011 Beady Eye Records
Republic of Ireland
United Kingdom[26]
Italy 28 February 2011
United States/Canada 1 March 2011 Dangerbird Records
Australia 11 March 2011 Liberation Music
Argentina 18 March 2011 Sony Music
Croatia 21 March 2011 Sony Music / Menart


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  13. ^ Goddard, Simon (25 January 2011), Liam Gallagher strikes first blow as post-Oasis years begin..., March 2011, Q, pp. 102–103
  14. ^ "Album review: Beady Eye, Different Gear, Still Speeding".
  15. ^ Mulholland, Garry. "Liam Gallagher's bunker mentality bears fruit on post-Oasis debut". March 2011. Uncut: 90. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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  21. ^ "2011년 3월 둘째주 앨범차트 종합순위". Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
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  26. ^ "iTunes – Music – Different Gear, Still Speeding by Beady Eye". 25 February 2011. Archived from the original on 7 September 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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