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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WONDERWALL")

M: (Singing) Today was going to be the day, but they'll never throw it back to you.

MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

That's the 1995 hit song "Wonderwall," from the British band Oasis.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WONDERWALL")

M: (Singing) I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now.

BLOCK: Oasis enjoyed remarkable success for more than a decade, but the group was finally undone by an intense and seemingly endless feud between the brothers at its core, Liam and Noel Gallagher. In 2009, they parted ways.

Well now, singer Liam Gallagher has teamed up with Oasis rhythm section for a new band, called Beady Eye. And our critic, Tom Moon, says the band's debut CD doesn't miss a beat.

TOM MOON: During the slow, somewhat tortured decline of Oasis, there were constant reports of conflict between Noel and Liam Gallagher. Noel watched Liam's drinking jeopardize countless performances. Liam rebelled against his controlling brother, and so on.

After spending a few weeks with Liam's supercharged new band, I have a theory about the Oasis demise. Liam might have felt a little bit trapped inside his brother's glossy, radio-ready anthems.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WIND UP DREAM")

M: (Singing) Solid gold glints in your eye. A cheeky grin that really makes me smile. The world will want a bit. The world will want a bit. It's just a wind-up dream so don't wake me up.

MOON: It turns out, Liam just wanted to rock.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WIND UP DREAM")

M: (Singing) 'Cause I like what I see with my eyes shut.

MOON: On most of the Beady Eye record, Liam Gallagher sounds like he's just escaped captivity. He's wild and loose, ready to party. Having been written off as a lout for so long, he's following the example of people like Jerry Lee Lewis and playing up his rogue side - channeling it into ripping, stomping rock and roll. These songs were recorded the old-fashioned way, with everybody playing live at the same time. And you can feel it.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BEATLES AND STONES")

M: (Singing) Well, it beats me, mama, I just want to rock and roll. Well, it beats me, mama, I just want to rock and roll. I'm gonna stand the test of time like Beatles and Stones.

MOON: Yup, you heard that right. In the chorus, Liam Gallagher declares he intends to stand the test of time, like his heroes the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BEATLES AND STONES")

M: (Singing) Well, it freaks them, mama, you know it cannot be bought and sold. I'm gonna stand the test of time like Beatles and Stones. I'm on my way home, just to get back what's mine. And when I get home, we'll be all right.

MOON: Of course, this is the era of disposable stars. So some new rock band talking immortality is quite the stretch. But listen to Liam Gallagher as he charges head first through these brash and surprisingly addictive songs. He's not phoning anything in. He comes across as a true believer who's determined to make up rock's current attitude deficit all by himself.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

BLOCK: That's Tom Moon, reviewing the debut album from Beady Eye. It's called "Different Gear, Still Speeding."

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