It’s been six years
since Beck last released an album, but a week or so ago, he released his
twelfth studio album, Morning Phase. Now, Beck is far too well known to need an
album review from me, but what I would like to remind those who didn’t know, or
have forgotten, is how Beck rediscovered his musical mojo in the 1980s by
discovering old blues.
electronic pop of his teenage years,
distorted, visceral” rock of New York’s Velvet Underground and Scottish band, Jesus
& Mary Chain. Then he discovered the purity of such 1920s and 1930s blues as
played by pioneers like Lead Belly, Son House and Blind Willie Johnson.
moments that unlocks the door to the rest of your life,” he said recently. “I
got totally into that music at the exclusion of everything else”.
Campbell but using his mother’s maiden name of Hansen when his parents
separated) took to busking old Mississippi John Hurt songs in his native Los
make $5. I learnt one thing. It is impossible to make money busking unless you
are playing Hey Jude.”
off of all his savings and then beaten up in New York, Beck returned to LA and
released “Loser” on a small indie label. “I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you
attempt to communicate how he felt at that moment but the song shot him to
stardom and a career was born. Morning Phase is the multi-instrumentalist singer
songwriters latest phase.
out about old 1920s and 1930s blues, the second volume of How Blues Evolved
tells you all you need to know. For all the blues that went on earlier, try