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It's been a little over a week now that I have been listening to Beck's latest CD, "The Information." Released October 3rd, it's his ninth studio album. I resisted writing my impressions about it until now because I find that, especially with Beck's music, it takes a little while for it to properly register in the music cavities of my brain. I am happy to report that this is a fine new album.

"The Information" is Beck's third collaboration with producer Nigel Godrich ("Mutations," 1998, and "Sea Change," 2002). The sonic landscape they have created perfectly compliments the sophisitication of Beck's lyrics and melodies. The majority of the 15 song collection are hybrid hip-hop-rap-folk-rockers. However, two songs, the low-key "New Round" and the especially surreal "The Horrible Fanfare" ("I carry my heart like a soldier with a hand grenade."), are as worthy as any of Beck's mellower tunes.

Beck has also included a bonus DVD with homemade videos of all the songs and has stuffed the package with a sheet of stickers which one can use to customize the CD's cover. These little bonuses have caused somewhat of a minor controversy in England, according to a recent story that appeared in the Los Angeles Times. Apparently, "The Information" will not be allowed to appear on the Offical U.K. Charts Co. sales chart because of "an unfair advantage" over less elaborate packages, according to the Times.

"It's an unconventional package, but it shouldn't be penalized for that," Beck is quoted. "Any art on a CD is an incentive to buy and listen. Ultimately, it doesn't matter; the response from the fans has been so strong."

The album will not have that problem in the United States according to Geoff Mayfield, director of charts for Billboard magazine: "The Information" debuted at number 7 on Billboard's Top 200 album sales (10/12/06).

Review Rating - 7.9 out of 10.

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The following comments are for "Beck's "The Information" reviewed."
by johnjohndoe

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I haven't heard much of Beck beyond what has gotten radio airplay, but I like everything I have heard. There are no unfair advantages- OR- All advantages are unfair. Thanks for this.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: October 21, 2006 )

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