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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.

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I know that there's a lot of love out their for Guero, Sea Change, and Midnight Vutures, but this CD gives us a reason to put all those albums behind us. Those CDs where ok; Im not gonna debate their quality, but the bottom line is that they showed nowhere near the genius and musicianship that Odelay and Mutations did. The Information show a new, in command Beck ready to push his signature sound to new heights. The Information reminds me of the N.P.'s Twin Cimena (not that the two sound the same) in that they both exhibit a more serious side of two pretty happy-go-lucky artists. In the Information, Beck strays from his usual playfulness (i.e. songs like Debra) and shows his darker side. While it is a surprise to hear seriousness from Beck, I couldnt have asked for anything else after listening to this CD. Tracks 1-7 will blow you away. They are focused, pulsing, creative and brilliant, and you wont be able to get enough of them. Tracks 8-15 are a more difficult listen, but look closely and you will figure out why Beck is so respected. Finally, another Beck CD where you dont have to say, "close, but no cigar."

Beck Returns With Some Head Candy

If you are a fan of any of Beck's previous releases, you are in for a real treat. This album contains tracks that borrow wonderfully from Beck's other releases. There are many highlights here. The first 6 tracks are so well done. Elevator Music, Think I'm In Love, Cellphone's Dead, Strange Apparition, Soldier Jane, Nausea, The Information, and Movie Theme are true Beck classics. Movie Theme in particular has an ambient smoothness to it that reminds me of my favorite Beck album(Sea Change). Nigel Godrich returns to produce this album and he and Beck add such lusciously gorgeous backgrounds to all of the songs. Trust me, any fan of Beck will most certainly appreciate the glorious head candy that he has once again graced us with!!


Typically with Beck, he morphs and grows on every album. Ever since he released Mellow Gold, he's been throwing listeners curveball after curveball with every disc he puts out. Honestly, was anyone really expecting the etherial song cycle of Sea Change following the electro funk of Midnite Vultures? Anyway, fairly fast on the heels of Guero comes The Information. Apparently, if my information is correct, Beck's been working on this, off and on, over the past 3-4 years. In other words, he was recording tracks for Guero at the same time. The experience here is almost like listening to demo tapes that eventually evolved into Guero. For instance, "Cellphone's Dead" feels like a distant cousin of "Hell Yes"—a much more homely cousin. "Soldier Jane" has shades of "Girl" written all over it. And the first single, "Nausea," feels like an embellished, but unimproved, less funky, "Black Tambourine." You get the picture. While it's always refreshing to hear Beck do his thing, it would have been even more refreshing to hear Beck do something new. Again.


Born: July 8, 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 how...
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