Jeff Beck, Loud Hailer (2016)
I bought this in America. I bought the LP even though we were traveling because I figured I’d get the download code to use while on the road. I’m such a Jeff Beck fan that I had to hear it even though I had misgivings about this current Beck configuration – he’s one of my favourites but I’m mostly into him as the lead voice within any band, his guitar as the “singer” – but I still had to hear the album. A giant BOO to the record company that included a download code which did not work and then didn’t reply to the two emails I sent. What’s the point? So I didn’t get to hear it while away but returned up to a sample-download “review copy” from another source – and wrote this. I’m still not 100% behind the aesthetic choice but I can’t fault Beck’s playing. He’s head and shoulders above the rest and good on him for playing his own game, doing it his way, making the music he wants to make. I admire him for that too. As I said to conclude my album review: I don’t feel like I’m fully part of the conversation with this record, sometimes an embarrassed eavesdropper, but I’m in awe of Beck’s abilities as both player and musical force that moves forward, marching always to his own beat.
Sample Track: Shame
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