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Chris S
Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Excellent to see Jeff Beck included on Progressive Archives. It is hard however to not over rate such an incredible guitarist because nearly everything he releases is jaw droppingly good.This 2001 release is no exception and I rate this as one of his best albums. ' Roy's Toy' is incredible with an almost derranged beat and drum delivered by Steve Alexander. Beck's guitar work is nothing short of mesmerizing.' Dirty Mind' is another great song, nothing lacking in it's suggestive overtones either and great vocal work from Imogen Heap.' Blackbird' is another very clever instrumental. I am surprised he has not released anything else since 2001, but this is by far one of his best albums.Three and a half stars actually!
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Posted Monday, April 16, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars This is the second of three straight releases where Jeff Beck blends his always innovative guitar approach to the rythms of electronica, industrial, and a little bit of hip hop for good measure. He actually put this album together quickly as it followed on the heels of "Who Else" and unlike his peers from the Yardbirds(the holy trinity) he has never rested on his blues laurels always pushing the envelope to new innovative heights. His guitar playing at points sounds "otherwordly" and yet he does a great job recreating Muddy Waters blues classic "Rollin and Tumblin" featuring a very talented Immogene Heap on vocals. She also appears on the very sexy Beck composition "Dirty Mind". Beck lets the guitar do the singing (or talking) for him on the rest of the album with stand out tracks being the industrial "Earthquake", the melodic "Rosebud" and three all very beautiful pieces "Nadia", "Blackbird" where he duets with birds(very cool stuff) and the album closer "Suspension" which is an absolutely beautiful piece of guitar playing. Highly recommended and I would give it 4.5 stars if I could.
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Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars Who says an old dog can't be taught new tricks?

Guitar legend and musical chameleon Jeff Beck met the 21st century head on with a new sound to match the new millennium: part techno grunge, part industrial electronica, but without ever sacrificing the patented lyricism of his distinctive guitar style.

The album is only 36 minutes long, but packs a lot into its all-too brief length. Most of it is instrumental, ranging from the aptly titled opening salvo "Earthquake" (having lived through a few during my childhood in Northern California, I can vouch for the song's unsettling sense of power) to the lush ambient chillout of the album closer, "Suspension". In between is the aggressive Harley-Davidson hip-hop of "Roy's Toy"; some gorgeous East Indian motifs (in "Nadia"); and lots of raw, effects-heavy soloing (I'm thinking in particular of the rocket-fueled instrumental "Loose Cannon", a personal favorite).

And before you accuse Beck of completely abandoning his musical roots, lend an ear to the more traditional blues of "Rollin' and Tumblin'". The song dates back to the days of Hambone Willie Newbern, and has since been covered by (I'm sure among many others) Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, and The Grateful Dead. But here it's updated with enough testosterone to fuel a small sports car, and graced by the appropriately soulful vocals of Imogen Heap (recorded in a single take, I'm told).

Fans of the guitarist's older blues and fusion recordings might not be ready to appreciate his latest change in direction. But the album (and his self-titled 2003 follow-up) should appeal to the same forward-thinking listeners who applauded the V-drum improvisations of the more recent KING CRIMSON. Personally speaking, here's one old dog ready to roll over for music like this any day.

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Posted Saturday, January 12, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars I happened to come across this CD at my local library and I naturally went for it. My wife and I both listened to it and we liked it a lot. It is heavy and so what if it has a techno feel to it. It is good in spite of that.

"Earthquake" will kick you right in the teeth. Jeff does some amazing stuff on this and throughout.

I think one of my favorites on this was "Loose Cannon." It was also my wife's favorite.

We own a duck and when "Blackbird" came on, he listened carefully to it. So even our duck likes a Jeff Beck tune.

While this is a good album and I recommend it, I am only giving it 3 stars. I don't feel it is essential to the prog movement.

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Posted Tuesday, April 20, 2010 | Review Permalink
5 stars That explains the crowd!

I suppose Jeff Beck was inducted into PA"s files, in his "Blow by Blow" jazzy/funky/fusion?, era, and yes maybe Rock. I couldn't think of a less Jazz/Fusion Jeff Beck record, after the Jazz period, than this one, my favorite Jeff Beck record by the way.

"You Had It Coming" 2001, is touched by those kind of muses that turn every single note into something magnificent. Each song holds its own personality, but it is also perfectly "understood" as a whole concept.

Instead of going on a song by song description, which somehow is always futile, I'll try to explain what goes on in this beauty.

For starters, as mentioned it is flawless, if by that we understand, no mili-second is wasted. Jeff Beck since his Yardbrds' years, always stood apart when it comes to guitar "sound effects' that could enhance his aspirations as a composer or as an extraordinary performer. (I myself, admire Jeff Beck the guitar player, not necessarily Jeff Beck the composer, to set things into perspective), therefore another major attribute this project holds is the most refined and trend-setting guitar effects you can imagine, in the hands of a virtuoso of course. Next we have the primary part, of any album, that I will recommend as "masterwork" , I have listened to this album since it was released, at least 50 times, and it still holds my enthusiasm, as the same day a friend presented it to me. It has not aged, opposite to that it gets better and still trend-setting!!

Here we go! From Electronica Hard Metal Rock, to high strung Rockabilly, to his guitar experiments and explorations (explotations) filled with sexual nitty gritty inuendos, to his famous "space-boogies", to his dexterity with the acoustic sister, to extremely touching electric guitar symphonic pieces (to call them somehow). Whew!! (the whole album lasts less than 40 minutes, which also explains why there is no place for fillers or gaps.)

So we get the best of Jeff Beck, as performer but also Jeff Beck's best, songwriting wise. And of course with its usual extreme dossages of highlights of peak beauty to down to the bottom pits emotions. With the "greasy, rebelious, misfit" attitude this fellow is well known for.

*****5 PA stars, in accordance that more than prog or jazz or rock, this is simply a Jeff Beck's masterpiece!

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Posted Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | Review Permalink
Magnum Vaeltaja
Eclectic Prog Team
3 stars In a similar vein as his previous release "Who Else", Jeff Beck once again strays from his jazz fusion roots to deliver an eclectic hard rock/pseudo-techno setlist.

Jeff Beck is one of the great creative minds of our time and it certainly shows on this record. The album's ten tracks draw from various different musical styles, from blues to electronica to metal, but are all united by a common electronic production and use of techno song structure and effects. The album is completely instrumental save for the 12-bar number "Rollin' And Tumblin'", which features vocals from Imogen Heap. The end result isn't especially progressive but it's definitely worth a listen. "You Had It Coming" will appeal mostly to fans of guitar wizards like Satriani, Vai, Johnson, etc, who will love its good use of instrumental effects and strong soloing. My only qualm with the album is that, while it's satisfying while you listen to it, doesn't really stick with you afterwards, with the exception of the exceptional uptempo ballad "Nadia", one of Beck's most touching guitar performances. A solid but non-essential release.

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Posted Sunday, November 8, 2015 | Review Permalink

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