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Album Review

Jeff Beck returns two years after the ten-years-in-the-making Who Else?, and You Had It Coming isn't surprising just for its rapidity, but for its music. From the moment the electronicized, post-rave beats of "Earthquake" kick off the record, it's clear that Beck isn't content to stay in place — he's trying to adapt to the modern world. To a certain extent, this isn't an entirely new phenomenon, since each of his records is clearly, inextricably of its time, from the crunching metal of Truth through the breezy jazz fusion of Blow By Blow to the modernized album rock of Guitar Shop. This is just another side of that, as Beck works with electronic music, both noisy and new age introspective. It's a bit clever, actually, since Beck's playing has always been otherworldly, dipping, bending, and sounding like anything other than a normal guitar. The problem is, when he's surrounded by lockstep, processed beats and gurgling synths, his guitar doesn't leap to the forefront and capture attention the way it does on his best recordings. Still, there's something to be said for the effort, because even if it doesn't sound like a Beck record, it isn't a bad record, and it's certainly a helluva lot more successful than Clapton's similar forays into these waters. Besides, knowing that he knocked this out so quickly makes it a little endearing.

Customer Reviews

Guitar Gods, BOW YOUR HEADS!!!!!

Jeff Beck is without question my favorite guitarist in any realm. His chameleon like ability to fit his sound into any genre (Jazz, Fusion, Rock, Pop) is just unrivaled. I have often thought that Eddie VanHalen could pick up this record with his guitar pyrotechnics and possibly could do something as successful as a solo artist in this genre. Jeff has always forged the future with his Stratocaster, and this album is no different. He changed his band again. His newest line up is as great as any of his previous efforts, guiding him into a great new genre of Electronica. "There and Back" was a nice entry some 20 some years ago. Now with the great brand new technology and remix programmers, he explodes into future with grace and ease. Its amazing to know that a 60+ guitar god that is credited for creating the "Heavy Metal" sound before Led Zepplin, is now forging the next generation of laptop musicians, giving them validity with his unrivaled abilities. Stand out tracks for me are "Dirty Mind", "Loose Cannon", "Roys Toy", "Earthquake" and "Rosebud". But seriously guys, there is no "weak" track on this project. Jeff Beck is a treasure to behold when he puts down the Sparkplug Wrench and comes out from under his cars. I guess he needed some extra cash for that fancy carborator for his Hemi or something. Buy This Project, you won't be disappointed.

The Master Has Done It Again!

Since the mid-60's, Jeff Beck remains my favorite guitarist. No one can move me the quite way he does. He has dabbled in all genres...and excelled in each area! This is an excellent cd...Nadia is especially exquisite. For those of you Beck "newbies", I strongly recommend you listen to Blow By Blow, Truth, Beckola, Wired and Beck, Bogert & Appice for true musical enlightenment. I have passed along Beck's music to my children (in their 30's) and grandchildren (in their early teens) and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...they absolutely love him too! Open your ears to the master!

Visionary.

The trio of albums that Jeff put out starting in 1999 with 'Who Else!' (You Had It Coming is the 2nd of the threesome), are remarkable. I was fortunate enough to see this tour live, with Jennifer Batten, and JB left huge crowds of guitarists slack-jawed. I read that through the 90's Jeff got increasingly fed up with 'pop' music and the industry as a whole. Then, he heard the band Prodigy. Their snotty, hyper-fueled Dance Metal inspired him, and led to his dabbling in Electronica. And of course, he steered it into entirely new realms. I believe only Vernon Reid is capable of fusing Rock, Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Funk and Soul the way Jeff Beck can. But Vernon lacks some of JB's sense for simplicity and emotion. Jeff remains at the head of the pack, leaving fans, and other guitar gods, shaking their heads in disbelief. This album is as classic an example of his stunning talent and vision as any. Download immediately! -Evanston Ingy

Biography

Born: June 24, 1944 in Wallington, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While he was as innovative as Jimmy Page, as tasteful as Eric Clapton, and nearly as visionary as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck never achieved the same commercial success as any of those contemporaries, primarily because of the haphazard way he approached his career. After Rod Stewart left the Jeff Beck Group in 1971, Beck never worked with a charismatic lead singer who could have helped sell his music to a wide audience. Furthermore, he was simply too idiosyncratic, moving from heavy metal to jazz fusion...
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