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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Silent But Deadly

posted by on May 6 at 11:11 AM


The successful “stealthy” release of the last Raconteurs album has, in typical music industry fashion, been co-opted by people who have no idea what they’re doing. Apparently, the next Beck album will be “stealthily” released in the next month or so. Take that, illegal music downloaders!

Strategy aside: Beck. You know, I was kind of fond of Guero. It felt like a nice, poppy summer album. And Guerolito, the remix album, was, you know, okay. It reminded me of how the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion used to release remix albums that were supposed to be “fucked-up” chopped and channeled versions, but really were just kind of aurally challenging messes. The Information, with its DIY cover, seemed irrelevant from the moment I opened the package. I think that, if Beck wants to have a future, he should stop trying to be Bob Dylan and start trying to be Neil Diamond. His creepy Scientology-issued sincerity would be the perfect breeding ground for the “Sweet Caroline” of the new millennium. And, whether you acknowledge it or not, the new millennium desperately needs a new “Sweet Caroline.”

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'sweet caroline' is succinctly about one thing though. beck's lyrics are unrelated pop culture references mixed with hispanic iconography. to become the next neil diamond, beck would have to write a song that makes sense, which i'm not sure he is capable of.

Posted by cosby | May 6, 2008 1:03 PM

Damn, I couldn't agree less. One thing we don't need any more of is Neil Diamonds. One is more than enough, thanks very much, and I'm glad to see that this one is just about worn to the bone.

Personally, what I always wanted was for Beck to become the next Elvis Costello - smart, angry jazz inflected hip hop beats with indecipherable but still somehow brilliant lyrics. What we REALLY need is another "Peace, Love & Understanding."

Posted by Gurldoggie | May 6, 2008 3:18 PM

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