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Jeff Beck


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.13 | 80 ratings

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Marty McFly
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3 stars OK, so my big trial. I expected this album for some time and when it was out, I was disappointed when I heard it. Let's revisit it now, some time has passed and we're smarter now.

Unfortunately, this album isn't progressive nor something that I like, so this doesn't make good conditions for generous review.

Of course, I haven't heard all Jeff Beck's stuff, only the oldest albums. If this is something like journey through styles, genres and influences Jeff touched through his career, then of course, I know just part of it.

Atmospheric intro Corpus Christi Carol, then two Beck smashing emotional songs Hammerhead & Never Alone. Somewhere in the Rain reminds again these emotional songs with just strings and soft guitar. You can easily imagine nostalgic dream about era 70 years ago, in 1939. So powerful are his guitar skills.

Jeff Beck reportedly stated something like that he wants the listener to forget that he is playing guitar, that the one who enjoys his music will just feel the music. Not sure if I remember it correctly though, but I like it.

However with I Put a Spell On You is something terrible. Maybe nice song for some, but I hate this kind of vocals, I can't barely stand it and I wasn't expecting it here. But who knows, maybe some people will like it.

3(+), this track isn't bad. Normally I would like it a lot and give higher rating, but some tracks simply brings it down for me. Other are quite enjoyable, but not much more.

Marty McFly | 3/5 |


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