Friday, October 13, 2006

One-Stop Popping: Beck's "The Information"

Beck Hansen is the most greatest musical chameleon since David Bowie (or maybe Madonna, but Beck & Bowie have much better songs.) Just as Bowie spent the 1970s whorishly hop from Cabaret to Bauhaus to Philly Soul (hey, who didn't), Beck tries on genres like overalls and mixes them up like Ovaltine. Mutations and Sea Change leaned heavily on Beck’s gifts as a singer-songwriter. But his most recent albums Guero and the new The Information are brilliant Beck Bouillabaisse in the tradition of Mellow Gold and Odelay.

Nausea, the first single, throws down a heavy funk beat over a Delta Blues guitar line and a punk delivery. The above video (available on a bonus DVD with the CD), is lip-synced by a band of look-alike marionettes. In this day and age, no one has time to listen to a James Brown, Skip James or X record in its entirety, much less watch an episode of Kukla, Fran and Ollie. Beck is kind enough to give them to you all at once. God bless him.

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