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Liam Gal­lagher As You Were (WARNER BROS)

Per­haps recog­nis­ing that song­writ­ing was not chief among Beady Eye’s few at­tributes, Liam Gal­lagher has sought out­side help for his solo de­but. En­ter A-lis­ters Greg Kurstin (Adele, Katy Perry) and An­drew Wy­att (Charli XCX, Florence + the Ma­chine) with a set of songs that are at least an up­grade. Kurstin co-wrote I Get By and Greedy Soul, which stand out for their swag­ger. How­ever, Gal­lagher gets bogged down in sch­maltz on the self-penned Uni­ver­sal Gleam. As ever, the lyrics of­fer the rich­est en­ter­tain­ment, with the usual mix of Bea­tles steals, brag­gado­cio and ut­ter non­sense (“She gotta 666/ I got my cru­ci­fix”) at least of­fer­ing some con­ti­nu­ity. Phil Mon­gre­dien

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