Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion
|Let's all hope this isn't the last time I get to use this album cover as the image for a post|
First impressions of the Grammy-award winner's latest LP is that he has produced quite possibly the best album cover of 2010, if not of all time.
I honestly wish I could find different reviews of the album cover alone, but apparently there's some sort of compact disc thing inside the accompanying plastic case. This disc also plays music if you put it inside some newfangled technology thing. Go figure. Some people even listened to and then reviewed this compact disc thing and have quite a lot to say about the album itself and not a damn thing to say about the revolutionary album art. What gives?
Chicago Tribune: "New Age Beck? It's something like that. In emulating great vocalists he has admired, from Jeff Buckley to Judy Garland, the guitarist conjures a serene lyricism. Female vocalists drawn from the worlds of opera (Olivia Safe), swing (Imelda May) and soul (Joss Stone) provide window-dressing, and the symphony orchestra accompaniment is gratuitous. This is mostly a study in melody and melancholy, with Beck's plaintive tone at its best on the complicated romanticism of "Lilac Wine," the hymn-like "Corpus Christi Carol" and the sighing "Elegy for Dunkirk." On these tracks, the guitarist articulates and then savors each note as if it were his last."
Hindustan Times: "This time around, he chooses to interpret classical works, songs from musicals, opera as well as blues covers. So behold pieces like Nessun Dorma, Corpus Christi Carol, Judy Garland's 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow',Screamin Jay Hawins, I Put A Spell On You', with guest vocals by Joss Stone. And even more amazing is the band, on bass is 24-year-old wondergirl, Tal Wilkenfeld, on drums is virtuoso Vinnie Colaiuta and playing keybards is jazzman, Jason Rebello. Expect some Grammies here next year.
Bottom Line: Pure emotion, No commotion, thankfully."