Album: Beady Eye, BE (Columbia)

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BE has already been touted in some quarters as Liam Gallagher's art-rock album.

Of course, it's nothing of the sort. It's the sound of a deeply dim man backed by competent-but-conventional musicians, whose attempts to liven up their boss's Beatles/Lennon template by borrowing from more interesting sources (Stooges, Stax) are scuppered by lyrics such as "Shake me tree, where's the apple for me?/Tickle my feet with the enemy".