What does it sound like?:
It’s been six years since Beck’s last studio album, 2010’s Emotion and Commotion. Now aged 72, he does not let age weary him in this collaboration with vocalist Rosie Bones (daughter of none other than Bill Oddie) and rhythm guitarist Carmen Vandenburg.
The album is encapsulated by its title, a statement against social injustice and the ills of the world. Indeed, Beck has said the album is about both the power of love and the love of power. Sometimes the lyrics are a little on the simplistic side, but you can’t fault the urge to try and do something different, and you certainly can have no complaint about the still consistently breathtaking guitar playing, which, perhaps surprisingly, melds very well with Bones’ street patois vocal style. The three performers actually work very well as a team even though they may look an odd collaboration on paper.
Still a confident and virtuoso performer, Beck has clearly lost none of his edge with the passing of the years, as evidenced by the stand out pieces here, Live In The Dark and the closing ballad Shrine. This alliance with much younger musicians from a totally different genre, this injection of new blood, actually appears to have given a new lease of life to the old warhorse,
Still innovating after all these years, there’s certainly no resting on laurels in evidence here!
Jeff Beck – he does what he wants!
What does it all *mean*?
A protest album from Jeff Beck – who’d have thought it?
Goes well with…
Other Beck albums, but this one might appeal to a wider and younger audience who maybe aren’t familiar with his back catalogue.
Might suit people who like…
Innovative collaborations, superb guitar playing, new and fresh sounds.