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The Information (w/ Bonus DVD) CD (2006)

Artist: Beck

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Beck just keeps getting better!

on 11/3/2006

An unbelievable musician! I have all his albums and this is one of the best! He is constantly out of box when it comes to writing and performing.

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GREAT MUSIC

on 3/12/2007

Beck does it again! This is an excellent CD with music you want to hear again and again!

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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, house, or 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 house 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.
The release comes with a bonus dvd + a sticker sheet to design your own album cover.


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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 202993428
UPC 602517067172
UPC 14 00602517067172
Format CD
Release Date 10/3/2006
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Author Beck
Artist Bio
Beck Hansen, the quintessential California slacker, came up among the lo-fi ranks, pushing a blend of country blues, Dylan-inspired wordplay, punk, and hip-hop. His straight-out-of-the-gate smash, "Loser," made him a star seemingly overnight. Subsequent recordings found him alternately accumulating even more disparate influences in his "mess-thetic" approach (Prince, tropicalia, psychedelia) and scaling down for the occasional back-to-the-roots lo-fi album. By the end of the 1990s, he was recognized as one of the preeminent singer-songwriters of his generation.
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ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review The Information -- one of the best albums Beck has ever made -- starts with him going backward. "Elevator Music" is a mundane jumble of talking blues and hip-hop bricolage that sounds like it should be on a record called More Mellow Gold. The rest of The Information is just as dense in its rhyme games, rhythmic details and overdub antics. But it is a compelling overload, combining the sample-delic bloom of Beck's best-loved album, Odelay, and the folk-pop introspection of his least-understood, 2002's Sea Change.
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Reviewer David Fricke
ReviewRating 8
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Artist Beck
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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