I haven't checked out A Different Beat and looking at the description from "wikipedia", it doesn't seem like a worthwhile listen. Gary's guitar with pop-like sensibility, loops, samples, drum machines and dance beats? Hmmm. Lynott was able to experiment on his two solo records, but then again, he was more of a writer, bass player and frontman. With Michael, I've been meaning to check out some of his latter day efforts, particularly the "Temple of Rock" projects. I really kinda dug "The Plot" recording he did with Pete Way back in the early 2000's; I really liked the rawness of his playing on that, even though the songs weren't overtly spectacular and Pete was certainly no Phil Mogg when it came to singing, but RIP.