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I absolutely love this album! I was fortunate enough to catch Jeff Beck live very soon after this album was completed and was able to check out how good ihe was live. His ability to transform and develop his style over the years has been Beck's main skill. From flower-pop 60's beat groups , through to single handedly inventing 'heavy metal', to jazz-funk and fusion and now this, a guitar version of The Prodigy.
OK, so the songs don't have a lot to say, but the actual sounds that Beck is able to create with his guitar, and how well he is able to intertwine drum-loops, vocals and effects is quite amazing.
Take 'Dirty Mind' and 'Rollin' and Tumblin', down to earth rootsy blues numbers bolstered by heavy drum loops and intricate vocal soundscapes. 'Suspension' shows Beck at his more softer approach, a classic to end the album.
Yes, its short at 35 minutes, but as long as Beck keeps breaking the boundries, who's complaining?
Commonly known as the least famous guitarist from the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck's consistent capacity for reinvention has led to an enjoyably turbulent career that has perhaps reached its all-time low with his most recent industrial rock direction. 'You Had It Coming' was (I believe) the second album to follow this style, and really is quite poor, drowning Beck's guitars in an excremental sea of techno beats and sampled vocals that distract from his apparent virtuosity, not as openly on display here as in his other works.
At only thirty-five minutes this isn't the most generous of recordings, but it was still too long for me, as comparatively short songs like the three-and-a-half minute 'Roy's Toy' seem to drag on for a significantly longer time in reality. Most of these songs feature Beck soloing in a bluesy or atmospheric style over a domineering electronic backing, with only a couple breaking the mould in the form of the more soulful 'Rollin' And Tumblin',' featuring the singing talents of Imogean Heap, and the atmospheric finale 'Suspension,' while 'Blackbird' is far too brief to make an impact despite sounding quite promising.
There really isn't much to be heard of Beck here amidst the electronic cacophony, and even when he's audible it's nothing particularly special. Guitar fans should avoid this unless they're particularly fond of industrial rock performed in a fairly amateurish fashion, but prog fans who've enjoyed the recent output of King Crimson would certainly enjoy it a lot more than I did.
2. Roy's Toy
3. Dirty Mind
4. Rollin' and Tumblin'
6. Loose Cannon
8. Left Hook
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Roy's Toy
3 Dirty Mind
4 Rollin' And Tumblin'
6 Lose Cannon
8 Left Hook