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Song Reader by Beck / Various
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7/10 Clinton 24 July 2014

Here is an album of interpretations of Beck’s ‘Song Reader’ album by many and varied artists including Jack White, Laura Marling, Sparks, Jarvis Cocker and many, many more.

You may remember that this is the album Beck released purely as sheet music. A cursory listen to a few select tracks reveals that these are classic sounding Beck tunes full of his distinctive melodic instinct. The only shame is that with one notable exception its not Beck himself performing them. Each artist brings their own personality to the songs for better or for worse so yes, despite them being Beck songs it has more the feel of a compilation album. There are some odd musical theatre style moments especially from Sparks and Jack White the latter sounding strangely like They Might Be Giants on his second offering.

Hopefully when Beck has a bit of time/has writers block he’ll get round to recording these songs himself and it might be easier to interpret how good these songs actually are.


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