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Is it part of his perversity, his innate weirdness, or a pure accident of nature that where most artists make an emotional connection with their fans and their music, Beck creates an electrifying distance? Beck’s brilliance has been his ability to juxtapose grooves, to find new avenues for dead-end genres and to make it seem as if wherever he’s at is the place to be. He comes off more the DJ orchestrating the party than the singular author writing and performing the songs. In a sense, the man is tooeclectic to be pinned down. He continues to wrestle himself out of every potential headlock with The Information, an album he started with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich before he reunited with the Dust Brothers for 2005’s Guero. Finally completed, it’s another kaleidoscopic ride. “Strange Apparition” sounds like the Rolling Stones’ “Torn and Frayed” given an injection of crystal meth. “Soldier Jane” percolates with an uneasy tension guiding its extra-terrestrial prog rock synths and hip-hop beats. “Dark Star” sounds like a mix of ‘70s Philly Soul, early ‘80s video-game breakdance ambience and some rustic delta blues harmonica tossed in for good humor and measure.

Customer Reviews

really something else...

First review ive written here, and its because it was the first album that motivated me to do so. This really is something else. I, like a few others have written, find it pretty tiresome the way critics seem to claim that everything is "not as good as Odelay" or "back to the highs of Odelay". I mean really, this is Beck we're talking about, the guy has never released a bad album ever! ...Mutations, Midnite Vultures, Sea Change (personal fave)...all fantastic! I must say that Guero left me a little cold just never seemed to come alive, and felt like an album by someone pretending to be Beck. For these reasons, I feared another 'Hip Hop-ish' record was a bad step for him, thinking his more 'mature-years' future lay more comfortably ahead in Sea Change style music, which I would not have been disappointed with....but then!!! ...he comes out with this! ...It really is my favourite album of the year so far, its just brilliant! Some of the songs and sounds took more than a few days to get around my head (always a good sign me thinks) and some are still to get there, but I simply CANNOT stop listening to it! ...The sheer scope on offer here is amazing, and the lyrics, well basically they do everything for me that Guero didnt, he actually seems to be 'singing' these...and caring about them....dont even like to pick an example, as they're all great, but Dark Star has some brilliant ones hiding in there behind the sexy groove...."widows tears washing the soldiers bones"...but everywhere reeks of quality. The same has to be said for Nigel Godrichs production, the two just seem to go together so well, and obviously have a huge understanding of each other....expecially in comparison to Guero, where it just seemed that Beck's heart wasnt in the same place for a reunion with the Dust Brothers. So, all in all, a really great album that once again shows that Beck has never lost it...fantastic! Personal faves so far (altho there's too many to say): Cellphone's Dead, Soldier Jane, Dark Star, We Dance Alone, The Information, Movie Theme, The Horrible Fanfare..., Inside Out

Wicked sound...

Ok, ok there's a couple of weird tracks on this albumn, but Beck wouldn't be Beck if it wasnt for them! A fantastic album overall though with some great not your head riffs, and great melodies!! Keep rocking young man...

Maxwell James is the best

Mighty fine stuff by the Beckmeister - not before time too. Has kept threatening since Odelay but not quite got there, that is until now...Cellphone's Dead is tops as is Inside Out, The Information and Movie Theme. Ooh ahh - go on the Real Socialdad


Born: 08 July 1970 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Initially pegged as the voice of a generation when "Loser" turned into a smash crossover success, Beck wound up crystallizing much of the postmodern ruckus inherent in the '90s alternative explosion, but in unexpected ways. Based in the underground anti-folk and noise-rock worlds, Beck encompassed all manner of modern music, drawing in hip-hop, blues, trash rock, pop, soul, lounge music — pretty much any found sound or vinyl dug up from a dusty crate — blurring boundaries and encapsulating...
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