Category: Beck

BECK interview – Evening Standard, 13 Oct 2017

The wide-roaming music career of Beck Hansen can get a little confusing to the casual observer. People seem to respond with most enthusiasm when he splits himself clearly in two. Perhaps you prefer Sad Beck, perfectly articulating the heartache of a breakup with acoustic guitar and mournful strings on Sea Change in 2002, and revisiting the territory in 2014 on… Read more →

2014’S BIGGEST NEW ALBUM RELEASES – Evening Standard, 3 Jan 2014

Predicting the big albums of the year to come could leave me with egg on my face, given the way musicians like to catch us on the hop these days. This time last year David Bowie, who had otherwise only been in the news for rumours of ill health, was on the verge of springing his best album in years… Read more →

BECK: SONG READER, Barbican – Evening Standard, 5 July 2013

Song Reader, Beck’s strangest album, existed only as sheet music until he and a huge team mainly of British musicians gathered here to play it. Ed Harcourt led the troops from the piano, having attempted this once before in hastier, more shambolic form, at Rough Trade East last December. A house band including jazz drummer Seb Rochford and guitarist Dave… Read more →

BECK’S SONG READER, Rough Trade East – Evening Standard, 4 Dec 2012

An odd one, this: the opportunity to hear brand new songs by a major artist who was nowhere to be seen. It’s not so much the future of pop as a revival of the distant past, for Beck’s latest release, Song Reader, exists only as sheet music. Pianist Ed Harcourt led a hastily assembled band to be the first to… Read more →