The Information: Deluxe Edition CD (2007)

Artist: Beck

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Over a decade of criss-crossing genres makes it easy to forget that Beck's first big hit was, essentially, a rap song. It's not surprising, then, that about half of the songs on 2006's THE INFORMATION are some shade of hip-hop dance-floor funk. And while no one's going to mistake Beck for Young Buck, he brings his own brand of intelligent, laid-back confidence to every track, from the stuttering brilliance of "1000 BPM" to the lolling funk of "Elevator Music" to the lo-fi breakbeat grooves of "Cellphone's Dead" to the 10 minutes of atmospheric chill-out that close the album.


But the presence of Nigel Godrich--who produced both the most beloved (MUTATIONS) and underrated (SEA CHANGES) of Beck's albums--insures that this isn't going to be a one-note affair. Godrich shapes the more pop-leaning songs into low-gloss gems, exercising both imagination and restraint: the intensity of "New Round" comes not from big, fancy production but from multiple layers of the same insistent vocal line. "Think I'm in Love" is a sticky little garage-rocker with a hyper bass line, while "Strange Apparition" is a bit of Laurel Canyon folk-rock amidst all the funk & crunk. It's reassuring to know that on his seventh full-length album, neither Beck nor his best collaborator have run out of fresh ideas.


Track Listing
1. Elevator Music
2. Think I'm In Love
3. Cellphone's Dead
4. Strange Apparition
5. Soldier Jane
6. Nausea
7. New Round
8. Dark Star
9. We Dance Alone
10. No Complaints
11. 1000BPM
12. Motorcade
13. The Information
14. Movie Theme
15. Horrible Fanfare / Landslide / Exoskeleton

Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 204064255
UPC 602517203556
UPC 14 00602517203556
Format CD
Release Date 2/27/2007
Links
Author Beck
Associated Artist/Work Clapton, Eric
Associated Artist/Work Lashes, Bat For
Associated Artist/Work Leonhart, Jay
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Technical Info
Producer Nigel Godrich
CatalogID 0008341
Lable Name Interscope (USA)
Released 10/03/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517203556
Album Notes and Credits
This deluxe edition of THE INFORMATION includes 3 bonus tracks, 6 remixes, a lyric book, and a sticker sheet.
Personnel: David Campbell , DJ Z-Trip, Greg Kurstin, Harvey Mason, Sr. , James Gadson, Jason Falkner, Joey Waronker, Justin Stanley, Alex Acu¤a, Nigel Godrich, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., Sean Davis, Smokey Hormel, Steve Black, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Brian LeBarton.
Over a decade of criss-crossing genres makes it easy to forget that Beck's first big hit was, essentially, a rap song. It's not surprising, then, that about half of the songs on 2006's THE INFORMATION are some shade of hip-hop dance-floor funk. And while no one's going to mistake Beck for Young Buck, he brings his own brand of intelligent, laid-back confidence to every track, from the stuttering brilliance of "1000 BPM" to the lolling funk of "Elevator Music" to the lo-fi breakbeat grooves of "Cellphone's Dead" to the 10 minutes of atmospheric chill-out that close the album.
But the presence of Nigel Godrich--who produced both the most beloved (MUTATIONS) and underrated (SEA CHANGES) of Beck's albums--insures that this isn't going to be a one-note affair. Godrich shapes the more pop-leaning songs into low-gloss gems, exercising both imagination and restraint: the intensity of "New Round" comes not from big, fancy production but from multiple layers of the same insistent vocal line. "Think I'm in Love" is a sticky little garage-rocker with a hyper bass line, while "Strange Apparition" is a bit of Laurel Canyon folk-rock amidst all the funk & crunk. It's reassuring to know that on his seventh full-length album, neither Beck nor his best collaborator have run out of fresh ideas.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.126) - 4 stars out of 4 -- "[O]ne of the best albums Beck has ever made....Dense in its rhyme games, rhythmic details and overdub antics."
Rolling Stone (p.105) - Ranked #24 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[T]here is a moving clarity to Beck's cleverness..."
Spin (p.97) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Beck's twitchy pop-funk has rarely come across as this confident. Consider THE INFORMATION his reanimation."
Spin (p.61) - Ranked #10 in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "[A] talking-points primer on just about every phase of his career..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.68) - "[A] swarming, psychedelic set...It's a sonic tour de force, and Beck seems comfortable in the info-storm..." -- Grade: A-
Q (p.138) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n other-worldly, psychedelic hip hop mix..."
Alternative Press (p.198) - "[T]his collision of dirty loops and polished pop is INFORMATION you need."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's nice to hear the first half of this album continues in na earthy, upbeat and funk vein..."
Disc 1
1 Elevator Music,Cellphone's Dead - (Ellen Allien remix)
2 Think I'm In Love,Nausea - (Pirates remix)
3 Cellphone's Dead,Dark Star - (David Andrew Sitek remix)
4 Strange Apparition,Nausea - (The Chap remix)
5 Soldier Jane,Cellphone's Dead - (Jamie Lidell Limited Minutes remix)
6 Nausea,Cellphone's Dead - (Vallalobos remix)
7 New Round
8 Dark Star
9 We Dance Alone
10 No Complaints
11 1000BPM
12 Motorcade
13 Information, The
14 Movie Theme
15 Horrible Fanfare / Landslide / Exoskeleton
Disc 2
1 Elevator Music,Cellphone's Dead - (Ellen Allien remix)
2 Think I'm In Love,Nausea - (Pirates remix)
3 Cellphone's Dead,Dark Star - (David Andrew Sitek remix)
4 Strange Apparition,Nausea - (The Chap remix)
5 Soldier Jane,Cellphone's Dead - (Jamie Lidell Limited Minutes remix)
6 Nausea,Cellphone's Dead - (Vallalobos remix)
7 New Round
8 Dark Star
9 We Dance Alone
10 No Complaints
11 1000BPM
12 Motorcade
13 Information, The
14 Movie Theme
15 Horrible Fanfare / Landslide / Exoskeleton
Features
This deluxe edition of THE INFORMATION includes 3 bonus tracks, 6 remixes, a lyric book, and a sticker sheet.
Product Attributes
Artist Beck
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
Quotes
Rolling Stone (p.105) - Ranked #24 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" "[T]here is a moving clarity to Beck's cleverness..."
Spin (p.97) 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Beck's twitchy pop-funk has rarely come across as this confident. Consider THE INFORMATION his reanimation."
Entertainment Weekly (p.68) "[A] swarming, psychedelic set...It's a sonic tour de force, and Beck seems comfortable in the info-storm..." -- Grade: A-
Q (p.138) 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n other-worldly, psychedelic hip hop mix..."
Mojo (p.100) 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's nice to hear the first half of this album continues in na earthy, upbeat and funk vein..."
Alternative Press (p.198) "[T]his collision of dirty loops and polished pop is INFORMATION you need."
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