Beck – Defriended / I Won’t Be Long / Gimme [Single]

Though Beck has many good albums, he’s never made one capital-G Great album – remove “Loser” and Mellow Gold wouldn’t get as many huzzah’s – and I’ve long suspected he was a singles artist. After 2008’s Modern Guilt, he took an unprecedented six year album hiatus, but he kept busy in the interim; in 2013, he released three 12″ singles, “Defriended,” “I Won’t Be Long” and “Gimme.” Each is different than the last and each is complete with rather excellent cover art.

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The verses in “Defriended” could have used less reverb and more melody (read: any melody); at times it sounds like a reject off Panda’s Tomboy, and this is not a good thing. But the horns and acoustic guitars do their part, and the drum programming – thunderous rolls and the occasional explosion – is the most interesting thing Beck’s done in years. The second best of the three.

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The chord progression in the chorus of “I Won’t Be Long” is too familiar, but “I Won’t Be Long” is the most groove-centric song Beck’s written since 2006’s The Information (a good thing) and I’m a sucker for the 80s-styled drumrolls that marks the end of the choruses. The best of the three.

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“Gimme” goes south as soon as the vocals begin; the harmonies are interesting but not good, and music can be both. At least it’s blissfully short, though. The worst of the three.

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One response to “Beck – Defriended / I Won’t Be Long / Gimme [Single]

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