01. Beady Eye – World Outside My Room
From: “Four Letter Word” 7”
Released: January 27, 2011
Label: Beady Eye/Dangerbird
Buy it: Here.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Noel goes number 2 to Liam? What?! Short answer: Yes. People probably could’ve written the Beady Eye reviews without listening to the album (“It rocks OK, but it lacks the big choruses that Noel can put into a song”), and they probably could’ve done the Different Gear, Still Speeding vs. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds comparisons without listening to either (“Liam needs Noel’s songs, Noel needs Liam’s voice”). Blah, blah, f*cking blah. What everyone missed after dismissing “The Roller” as an oh-so-predictable Lennon ripoff and “Bring the Light” as different (for better or worse) is that under the surface, Beady Eye were doing something that Oasis was adored for by its legions of fans in the 1990s, and that’s rewarding those fans’ loyalty. On the B-sides of Beady Eye’s 5 singles were songs that made it more than worth the investment of buying an A-side you already had. The most surprising song of the lot (and by that, I mean every damn thing they’ve released) is “World Outside My Room.” Liam hasn’t sung so plainly and sweetly since “Married With Children” and the lyrics go three steps beyond anything Noel Gallagher’s ever put his name to. As big a fan I am of Oasis, Noel’s penned good lines here and there, but never a song that kept me entranced by what he would say next. This song had me hanging on every line. “Did he just ask who’s been smoking cherry cola?! What the hell does that mean? It sounds cool though …” The real sticking point, though is that if you listen to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, you can see that Noel’s in a Ray Davies fit of late. He’s trying to capture “Dead End Street,” “Big Black Smoke” and the whole of The Village Green Preservation Society in his songs now instead of just swiping Beatles riffs. “World Outside My Room” does the Kinks better than anything on High Flying Birds and it sounds like Liam, Andy, Gem and Chris aren’t even trying to do so. This song could’ve been on Face to Face, Something Else, Village Green Preservation Society or even Muswell Hillbillies (how far away is it from “Holiday” after all?) This is a song from a band that’s a sh*tload more talented than your average critic wants to believe and a band that’s at its best when it’s just writing something for the fun of it. This is the best song of 2011 as far as I’m concerned. Better still, as Liam said about “The Masterplan” in 1995, “and it’s a f*cking B-side. How top is that?!”