Okay; admittedly I am not the biggest Beck fan in Tampa. Hell, I am probably not even the biggest Beck fan in my neighborhood and if we are gonna continue down this road it is probably a stretch to call me a Beck fan at all. I do not own any of his cds and the only album I am particularly fond of is “Sea Change“, his least Beck album to date. That said, if you are bumping Beck in your car and I hopped in I would not be disgruntled…I am firmly in the take him or leave him boat I suppose. I will say that a couple of seasons ago I saw him on Austin City Limits w/the Flaming Lips as his band and I thought that was freaking awesome and I have looked forward to seeing him live the next time he comes through the Tampa area ever since. A couple of months ago I saw an article where Beck mentioned his new cd was gonna be a hip-hop cd. Well, this peaked my interests to say the least…I figured one of 2 things…complete train wreck trash *or* it could have a Buck 65 type sound and kill. Well, the cd leaked and while a “hip-hop record” it is not it does have its moments and I am glad to say that outside of “1000 bpm” there are no complete trainwrecks. The “non hip-hop” tracks are standard Beck fare and, to be honest, are pretty good. The new cd comes out October 3.
Footnote: Beck has also announced details of a 10-year anniversary reissue of 1996’s ‘Odelay’, which will feature rarities and remixes by Aphex Twin and Dust Brothers (warning: this link causes siezures). The reissue will also include B-sides and ‘Deadweight’, which was included on the soundtrack to the 1997 film ‘A Life Less Ordinary‘